Many Treasures & Full Days

2014 02 01 beech cottage broken pottery finds

I am pretty much always busy, erectile doing something, erectile but this past week seems to have been super filled to the gunnels. It has also, as my photos have shown me, been full of treasure!

I rediscovered this broken crockery in an old chocolate box whilst wishing for banana caramel truffles. Imagine my confusion – disappointment and delight, all in one go! These lovely bits were found around the garden when we lived at Beech Cottage. I’m going to keep the photo, and pass the china on to my friend Louise to incorporate into one of her amazing mosaics.

For the third year in a row, I was one of three judges to select the art for the South Holland Open Arts Exhibition. There were 226 entries to choose from this year. Amongst the broad and eclectic submissions there were some very, VERY unusual pieces, including two Jack Russell’s playing chess, a mermaid rabbit, a painting that I’m sure was made from smeared cat food, and of course, the obligatory wonky tiger. Say no to wonky tigers! We selected some really beautiful pieces though, and I can’t wait to see the exhibition hung.

2014 02 01 mum bought me a book on minerals

My mum found this awesome book, An Introduction to Minerals, for me. It’s a beaut. I love the photography. It seems that rocks and crystals were much more exciting in 1968!

I like collecting old books full of vivid pictures, I also collect photographs of combs, and was really happy to find this cute little cracker comb as my first addition of 2014.

This week I’ve been doing a LOT of drawing (by hand and by computer), and a little bit of writing. What do you do when a good friend turns bad? You write a poem about it and stick it on an oversized fake sushi. Curator Alban Low called it ‘Deliciously dark’, that’s because he is clever and witty!

2014 02 02 pirate sam birthday treasure 03

Do you know Pirate Sam? He wrestles crocodiles and is mightily strong. He’s an excellent cake eater and has the best smile.  He will also be three years old next week. I’m sending him some treasure. I made it. Don’t tell him. I also decorated a treasure chest and made the oldest treasure map in the world. The map has numbers on it, and on the back of the stones are numbers too – you place the stones on the corresponding numbers, flip them all over, and ‘Hey Presto!’ you
discover the name of the treasure-owning pirate. I hope he likes it.

2014 02 01 louise gave me a tin for pinhole camera

Louise gave me this fantastic tin. My friend Neil and I have been collecting tins to turn into pinhole cameras for a little project we are planning… it’s going to turn into a big project, of course!

2014 02 02 winnie hands and tin 01

Winnie likes the tin. Both Winnie and MoJo have been to the vets this week. Winnie has been being sick quite a lot, but fingers crossed we think we’re onto it now, no sicking last night! MoJo had cystitis, caused by stress… awwwwww! He is such a soft thing. The upheaval of decorating the whole upstairs of the house, and moving furniture about, was too much for him. On top of that, Adam was away for three nights in a row, and because of the decorating I slept in the little spare room. I heard the cats go into our bedroom and walk around in the night, but they never came in to see me. One morning I came downstairs and they both had a look of total shock on their faces – I don’t think they even knew I was in the house! Next week things will be back to ‘normal’.

2014 02 02 winnie hands

Nice toes Winnie!

There’s Cress on My Pudding!

edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, no rx (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

horse power darkness and ignorance I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, cialis 40mg (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, medical at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

horse power darkness and ignorance I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, side effects (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, cheap at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, order and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, this site (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, side effects at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, ampoule and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, sales (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, information pills at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, link and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, tadalafil (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some real beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.
passionfruit white chocolate pudding

Louise and I went for lunch, website and look what happened – they put cress on my pudding! I’m not complaining, price it was a beautiful contrast for the passionfruit creme and white chocolate. Oh yum!

IMG_6432

It feels like we are nearing completion on the house renovations. MoJo isn’t very good at choosing colours, he’d rather be looking at meaty biscuits. Winnie would also prefer to look at meaty biscuits!

winnie doesn't like the butternut squash

In a couple of weeks we’ll be getting carpets fitted, and I can’t wait! We pulled up the ancient Axminster not long after we moved here, so we’ve been trundling around on bare boards for years. Bring the carpet, bring the plush, soft carpet! The only thing that I will miss is this bit of old newspaper that’s stuck to the bottom stair – it says something about a Roller Derby!

roller derby newspaper

I’ve been busy working on projects and writing  articles for Shutter Hub, if you want to read my thoughts on the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, and the Well Hung Photography OPEN, click here and here.

 winnie and mojo sofa

The weather has gone cold. Winnie has decided MoJo has his uses!

 sofa cuddle

Lights, Art & Food Missile Karma

edgeware road station london

On Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, tadalafil (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole

First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole london

I’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery

My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some real beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open

We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bag

Rocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

Sunday Dinners & Swan Feeds

Soon, pills visit this soon I will put something here!
Cyclamen for BabaHappy New Year! 2014 began the same way as 2013 ended: listening to records and eating homemade pizza with some good friends and a great cat! I like that.

 

So, web a new year brings new things. My new thing is this blog. Ta da! I like looking at things, visit and I like sharing, case so it seemed about time I started sharing a bit more good stuff with good people. (If you are bad, step away from the computer…now!) I guess this is my New Years Resolution. Nice!

I’ve been good and bad with resolutions. For many years I’d say healthy eating was my thing. After consuming a food mountain over Christmas I was always ready for it. Then I’d wake up on New Year’s Day/afternoon and drive home from whatever friends house I’d been staying at, stop off for petrol and somehow always buy a cheese and onion pasty and a bottle of banana milkshake. (Why? Oh why! On what other day of the year would that be a good combination?!) I’d tuck into it and then halfway through remember my resolution. I think this happened three years in a row. Gutted! But what do you do? Wait until next year to try again?

It’s funny how a new year can motivate us. What about a new day, or a new hour, minute, second? Every moment is a new opportunity to make a positive difference to yourself and those around you. And, without sounding like too much of a weirdo, that’s what I want to do. I want to share the  joy by sharing the things that make me happy – all the silly and stupid, bizarre and beautiful things of everyday life.

Welcome to my world!
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Happy New Year! 2014 began the same way as 2013 ended: listening to records and eating homemade pizza with some good friends and a great cat! I like that.

So, approved a new year brings new things. My new thing is this blog. Ta da! I like looking at things, look and I like sharing, site so it seemed about time I started sharing a bit more good stuff with good people. (If you are bad, step away from the computer…now!) I guess this is my New Years Resolution. Nice!

I’ve been good and bad with resolutions. For many years I’d say healthy eating was my thing. After consuming a food mountain over Christmas I was always ready for it. Then I’d wake up on New Year’s Day/afternoon and drive home from whatever friends house I’d been staying at, stop off for petrol and somehow always buy a cheese and onion pasty and a bottle of banana milkshake. (Why? Oh why! On what other day of the year would that be a good combination?!) I’d tuck into it and then halfway through remember my resolution. I think this happened three years in a row. Gutted! But what do you do? Wait until next year to try again?

It’s funny how a new year can motivate us. What about a new day, or a new hour, minute, second? Every moment is a new opportunity to make a positive difference to yourself and those around you. And, without sounding like too much of a weirdo, that’s what I want to do. I want to share the  joy by sharing the things that make me happy – all the silly and stupid, bizarre and beautiful things of everyday life.

Welcome to my world!
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It was a beautiful weekend. Winnie lounged in the sun whilst I put food out for the birds. As she’s got older, pills and more deaf, she’s become more content with watching from the window.

We went to a charity gig , some ska-punk shenanigans for equality and diversity. At one point the band started shouting ‘One. Youth. Down!’ The audience were encouraged to join in. I felt a bit weird, but in the name of unity, and in my tweed, I joined in!

swans welney

On Sunday we went to went to the Lamb and Flag for a yummy roast dinner and then on to Welney WWT to see the swans get fed.  That was pretty spectacular. Hundreds of ghost-like figures disappearing into the darkness. My friend Sam feeds the swans, so it was just a little bit weird to watch her out there with the water up to her armpits, floating a wheelbarrow of wheat bran along and being mobbed by loud, long-necked assailants. She’s so small and cute, and much, much braver than me!

fox and grapes jam jar and string

On Tuesday I drove up to Leeds to meet up with two wonderful photographers,  Lisa Howard and Steve Howdle  in a pub called The Fox and Grapes. Why is it called The Fox and Grapes?  There was no fox, there were no grapes, and strangely, there wasn’t even a drink for me that didn’t have sugar in. (Apparently there is no such thing as diet lemonade, or so they told me!) Still, we didn’t need fancy drinks, tap water served me well, and we had a lot to talk about. We also had lunch and marvelled at Steve’s shoes, the longest shoes I have seen this year!

chickens car key

It’s been another busy week. I’ve been rushing about. Things have been getting done. The chickens have been trying to eat anything that falls in front of them. I was particularly proud of Sandra (on the right) when she saw-off a window salesman this week. She got extra mealworms for effort. Last week Adam saw her kick a Jackdaw and knock it over. She is in training. We don’t know what for.

beads in a bowl

It’s four years today since we moved to this home. Time has flown. Stuff is still randomly placed around the house, but as long as it colour-coordinates I’m okay with mess. I love it here.

Cats With Halos & Tiny Shelf Trucks

Cyclamen for BabaHappy New Year! 2014 began the same way as 2013 ended: listening to records and eating homemade pizza with some good friends and a great cat! I like that.

So, salve side effects a new year brings new things. My new thing is this blog. Ta da! I like looking at things, and I like sharing, so it seemed about time I started sharing a bit more good stuff with good people. (If you are bad, step away from the computer…now!) I guess this is my New Years Resolution. Nice!

I’ve been good and bad with resolutions. For many years I’d say healthy eating was my thing. After consuming a food mountain over Christmas I was always ready for it. Then I’d wake up on New Year’s Day/afternoon and drive home from whatever friends house I’d been staying at, stop off for petrol and somehow always buy a cheese and onion pasty and a bottle of banana milkshake. (Why? Oh why! On what other day of the year would that be a good combination?!) I’d tuck into it and then halfway through remember my resolution. I think this happened three years in a row. Gutted! But what do you do? Wait until next year to try again?

It’s funny how a new year can motivate us. What about a new day, or a new hour, minute, second? Every moment is a new opportunity to make a positive difference to yourself and those around you. And, without sounding like too much of a weirdo, that’s what I want to do. I want to share the  joy by sharing the things that make me happy – all the silly and stupid, bizarre and beautiful things of everyday life.

Welcome to my world!
Cyclamen for BabaHappy New Year! 2014 began the same way as 2013 ended: listening to records and eating homemade pizza with some good friends and a great cat! I like that.

So, visit a new year brings new things. My new thing is this blog. Ta da! I like looking at things, and I like sharing, so it seemed about time I started sharing a bit more good stuff with good people. (If you are bad, step away from the computer…now!) I guess this is my New Years Resolution. Nice!

I’ve been good and bad with resolutions. For many years I’d say healthy eating was my thing. After consuming a food mountain over Christmas I was always ready for it. Then I’d wake up on New Year’s Day/afternoon and drive home from whatever friends house I’d been staying at, stop off for petrol and somehow always buy a cheese and onion pasty and a bottle of banana milkshake. (Why? Oh why! On what other day of the year would that be a good combination?!) I’d tuck into it and then halfway through remember my resolution. I think this happened three years in a row. Gutted! But what do you do? Wait until next year to try again?

It’s funny how a new year can motivate us. What about a new day, or a new hour, minute, second? Every moment is a new opportunity to make a positive difference to yourself and those around you. And, without sounding like too much of a weirdo, that’s what I want to do. I want to share the  joy by sharing the things that make me happy – all the silly and stupid, bizarre and beautiful things of everyday life.

Welcome to my world!
Cyclamen for BabaHappy New Year! 2014 began the same way as 2013 ended: listening to records and eating homemade pizza with some good friends and a great cat! I like that.

So, ailment a new year brings new things. My new thing is this blog. Ta da! I like looking at things, order and I like sharing, so it seemed about time I started sharing a bit more good stuff with good people. (If you are bad, step away from the computer…now!) I guess this is my New Years Resolution. Nice!

I’ve been good and bad with resolutions. For many years I’d say healthy eating was my thing. After consuming a food mountain over Christmas I was always ready for it. Then I’d wake up on New Year’s Day/afternoon and drive home from whatever friends house I’d been staying at, stop off for petrol and somehow always buy a cheese and onion pasty and a bottle of banana milkshake. (Why? Oh why! On what other day of the year would that be a good combination?!) I’d tuck into it and then halfway through remember my resolution. I think this happened three years in a row. Gutted! But what do you do? Wait until next year to try again?

It’s funny how a new year can motivate us. What about a new day, or a new hour, minute, second? Every moment is a new opportunity to make a positive difference to yourself and those around you. And, without sounding like too much of a weirdo, that’s what I want to do. I want to share the  joy by sharing the things that make me happy – all the silly and stupid, bizarre and beautiful things of everyday life.

Welcome to my world!
Welcome to the World of Karen Harvey – photographer, doctor writer, viagra 100mg creative consultant… self proclaimed cat whisperer, mind chicken wrangler and chief cake taster!

I wanted a place to share everyday things, behind the scenes work stuff, stuff that makes me happy, and stuff that will hopefully make you happy too!

We’ve got a tiger by the tail, and we’re going to run with it!
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Yes. That’s MoJo, approved with a halo. I’m not saying my cat is the son of God, advice but, nurse my cat is the son of God. Please don’t be offended!

It’s been a busy week, getting back into the swing of things, answering the torrent of emails that just came pouring in on Monday, and catching up on things in general. I was pleased to put Christmas back in a box. I do love all the shiny things, but I also like the feeling of space you get once you’ve put them away – like that whole ‘bring a cow in’ thing! (We do that with MoJo, put him in and out of a room a few times and you think you’re in a stately home!)

baubles

We had a lovely family dinner last weekend.  Aunty Phip gave me this beautiful needlepoint cushion that she’d made. I don’t know how she has the patience, but I’m glad of it!

aunty phips cushion

I’ve been working on a very exciting commission for a sculpture for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at the moment. It’s been about a year in the making, with lots of community workshops and excellent input from all sorts of wonderful people, but now I am in the final stages of design. These beautiful books of British Plants have been a great inspiration to me. I can’t wait to get my hands on all the cutting machinery and that shot-blaster. Stand back!

british plant books

Whilst rummaging around on the bookshelves I came across this tiny shelf truck delivering a lightbulb. I wonder how they unload these at the other end. Wherever that is.

tiny shelf truck

And some more pretty plant books, because they were there, and the sun was shining.

sweet pea

You’ve got to make the most of the shining sun.

Welcome to the World of Karen Harvey: photographer, writer, creative consultant… self proclaimed cat whisperer, chicken wrangler and chief cake taster!