Lindisfarne – always beautiful, whatever time of the year you visit.
Even on a dull day in March.

An iconic view of the castle, with a handy boat placed perfectly for the shot.

Lindisfarne boat to castle 1A

Boat on lindisfarne

Looking across to Bamburgh Castle and waving to mum.
Sad times. 

Bamburgh from lindisfarne



The Gilded Page

More fun with the 48 Weeks course by Donna Downey.
This is week 45 and as usual I put my own spin on things.

Can’t beleive I have almost finished, but also have given up trying to keep to a decline – ha,ha, got to laugh at the spellchecker on a Mac – I meant deadline, but decline is fitting too!

With all the family upheavals I feel as if I am walking through treacle just now.
Its hard to get anything started, never mind finished.
Time is evaporating and everything seems to be taking much longer than usual to achieve.

This is one of my favourite sketchbook spreads.

Gilded page close 4

Gilded page close 3

Gilded page close 2

Gilded page close 1

Gilded page full


Shift & Kirtle

Could be the name of a pub don’t you think?
“The Shift & Kirtle”

This is first view of some new work and not a corset in sight.
We’re rocking fifteenth century peasant fashion, not Downton Abbey this time.

Have made a mock up using an old duvet cover…. then did a little cutting and pinning to get the shape I wanted.

Firstly on the front…… 

Kirtle alterations 1


Kirtle alterations 2


Kirtle alterations 3

Then on the back…

Kirtle alterations 4

Kirtle alterations 5

Kirtle alterations 6


Have found myself getting into drawing and painting figures….. 
Not something that ever appealed before, but suddenly it is.
Abstract of course.
Strange how that happens sometimes. 
Like a switch in your brain just flicks….. 

Week 44 figure close 1

Week 44 figure close 2

Walking time

Went for a walk with DH around Alnwick castle.  Literally AROUND the castle.  
Fans of Blackadder will recognise the shot….

For once my legs didn’t cramp up too much, they are really impeding my walk capabilities.
The calcium supplements are doing some good, but its not the whole story and I know there’s something else out of balance…. but then we knew that years ago, cortisol is screwed, HRT is necessary…. thyroid spluttering but not enough for the NHS to treat….

Alnwick castle 2 cropped

Talking of treat (ing), we headed to Nood Food for lunch – very different and lovely.  
Especially at the end of a good walk. 

Alwnick castle weir

Scattering the ashes

During half term we took mums ashes and scattered them on the beach at Bamburgh as she had requested.

It was always her favourite place to go and walk and paddle (whatever the weather).
Fond memories of paddling in the depths of winter wrapped in so many layers we couldn’t bend down.

I shall go along every now and them to say hello and have a chat.

Bamburgh still beach

Bamburgh  mum 2

She now has an eternal view of the castle and the Farne Islands. 

Bamburgh evening