How does your garden grow?


Colourfully. I planted irises last year to grow myself a new header. They bloomed partly when we were away, so I didn’t get the pictures I wanted. This year the single blue one has flowered in the rain. It’s beautiful. But not quite what I want looking for in a header. Hm. I could use […]



It’s all about your point of view. The same flower, the same morning, the same camera. Just from two different points of view.      To me one looks warm and one cold. One could be morning and one evening. Or one summer and one winter. No, both today,  taken just a minute or so apart, […]

Opening a creative circle


I have written stories for as long as I can remember. I’ve never joined a writer’s group. I’ve started drawing and painting and general art. But I’m not sure about the local art club. And there’s knitting and sewing and crochet and spinning, costume to make and felt to, well, felt. Creativity is something that […]

Education in the garden with Miles Kelly/ The Wildlife trusts handbooks

watercolour poppy

A few weeks ago I picked up several rather lovely Miles Kelly/ wildlife trusts handbooks in Lidl. I got British Birds, British Wildflowers and Trees Handbook (British Handbooks) (amazon affiliate link), and British wildlife. They’re not just fact books, although that would be pretty good in itself. Instead they’re structured as handbooks, with spaces for […]

New camera: Canon SX700 HS

Blackbird in garden

I’ve had a Canon camera for a few years now, a present from Tim. It was a Powershot SX110. It takes very nice pictures. And sometime last year I started playing with what I could achieve when I moved off manual, and the answer is, some very nice things. Some are on my much neglected […]

Spinning child


A daily doodle post. Trying out my new Derwent Academy oil pastels.

Just 10 minutes – felt tip ballerina

strike a pose

Trying to remember that when I spend time doing arts and crafts and things with my hands I feel better. It’s hard to remember that when the clouds come in. Somehow tonight I dragged myself out. Paper, felt tips, paint brush and water. And a copy of How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas (Usborne How […]

Charity shop resources: Usborne I can crayon.


In my perennial search for educational resources, I haunt charity shops. And I struck lucky with a copy of Usborne’s I can crayon the other day. So far it’s given us two days of art activities, which means cutting, sticking, colouring and drawing. All sorts of wonderful early year activities 😉 There’s a tiny bit […]

How to make bubble art with children

Bubble art

You will need: Washing up liquid, water based paint, a pot. A child and a straw. (Use a child old enough to blow, not suck!) Paper Blow some bubbles. Squish them with the paper. You’re done. Bubble art is great fun. You can print over on the same paper with different colours, cut the bubbles […]

Minimum mess makes – Spring pictures.

concentrating hard

As I blogged recently, I have some issues with mess. Since then, I’ve been trying to make sure that we do something crafty or sensory pretty much every day that we’re here (if we’re out and about I don’t bother quite so much!) I wish I’d written more nine/ten years ago about what I did […]

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