The poppy field

The poppy field

I expect I have told you already about my cutting garden and how I love having home-grown flowers in the house. Over the past three years, I have doubled the number of flower beds and some are planted in cottage garden style with traditional plants like corncockle,...
Inspiration in the bluebell woods

Inspiration in the bluebell woods

Over the past few weeks I have been making up gorgeous silk collections into different colourways. Each set has an evocative title as I thought that it would perhaps give you ideas of how to use them – and also because it helped me select the colours once I had a...
Jolly Nice Farm Shop

Jolly Nice Farm Shop

Occasionally when I am out and about usually in and around the Cotswolds, I do find treasures that really do deserve a visit if you are in the area. One such is the Jolly Nice Farmshop, near Stroud. I promise it more than lives up to its name. This farm shop is...
Glorious gold-plated needles!

Glorious gold-plated needles!

Sometimes the best things are discovered by accident. My gold-plated needles are a good example, and something I’m rather proud of.  It all started with a visit to a shop in Orange Country, California during a holiday spent with Jean Dittrich, the lady who...
Visiting France & beginning our travels

Visiting France & beginning our travels

Old Town Boulogne, made for window shopping… For most of us travel is not on the agenda right now, but it is always nice to reflect on the places we have visited in the past. As I am sure you already know, Bill and I love to travel and have been fortunate enough...
Inspired by lakes & mountains

Inspired by lakes & mountains

Lovely view in Scotland I suppose it was reading Heidi as a girl that started my fascination for mountains. I can remember getting an ‘A’ for my story about Switzerland when I was at my prep school – I described it as the one country I would like to visit....