Archive for June, 2012

Tilleke Schwarz

June 29th, 2012 | Other | 2 Comments

    Next week will be very exciting because I’m going to West Dean to be taught by Tilleke Schwarz! I know, how lucky am I? Tony is home alone with the boys and Betty and I shall be on cloud nine just stitching and stitching… see you when I get back! #a little corner of […]


June 28th, 2012 | Food | 3 Comments

Now, I know that this is not the healthiest meal but if it’s quickly fed and happy boys you’re after Blackbirds are just the ticket. I’ve been making them since my Guide camp days. You will need: white processed bread butter jam eggs and a splash or two of milk (you can sweeten these, or […]

day dreams…

June 27th, 2012 | Food, Other | 1 Comment

These warm cherries in a pretty bowl are a little day dream come true. Sadly, I didn’t pick them myself but I did eat them in the garden and I’ve got a good imagination so… Which daydream shall I make come true next? How about this one? Or This one which may take me a […]


June 25th, 2012 | Family | 9 Comments

Birthdays come thick and fast in June: Henry’s was on Wednesday, mine was yesterday and Mum’s is today. Happy Birthday Mum! My birthday was camping under (mostly) blue skies: enjoying my favourite Bombay Sapphire: whilst listening to Melody Gardot. 43 has been pretty good so far.      


June 21st, 2012 | Family | 5 Comments

Happy birthday you lovely boy!    


June 18th, 2012 | Drawing and Painting | 3 Comments

Here are the latest pages in my sketchbook. I wandered round the gardens at West Dean over the weekend (after I’d finished teaching) but I wasn’t really dressed for the weather and got cold too quickly to do anymore. And yes, sadly you did read that correctly. I was really cold outside wearing a dress, […]


June 15th, 2012 | Family, Food | 5 Comments

Henry helped me make a Victoria sponge cake over the weekend. He whipped the cream, mixed in the strawberries and then tipped half a bag of sugar on the top for good measure. When it came to taking a photo he said ‘I have to be licking my lips so everyone knows how nice my […]

a moment

June 14th, 2012 | Home | 1 Comment

  Today, I wandered out trying to ignore all the things that I should be doing and admired my roses.    


       Joseph and my Dad had a lovely time painting together over the weekend. You can read about it here on my Dad’s blog. Joe is so proud of his painting that we’ve framed it and hung it in his room above his other treasures.

paper piecing

     English paper pieced patchwork is beautiful. It’s very soothing to stitch too- all quiet, slow, repetitive movements giving incredibly accurate results. Flow is almost guaranteed. Which is why you’ll find me teaching traditional English paper piecing over the summer at West Dean and Art in Action. Here’s the coaster I’ve designed especially for the […]