A visit to Stow

It’s such a pleasure to vist these small towns in the Cotswolds: the warmth ( not the weather) of the honey coloured stone gives a wonderful glare and welcomes you in such a way you want to explore some more. This is Stow on the Wold and here is the magical north facing portal of the Norman church of St Edward’s with its imponent yew trees. They look like gigantic, prehistoric, mammouth-like legs. The beauty was almost overwhelming and it really felt like stepping back in time where I could have left my horse outside the yard regaining strength till ready to take me home…Stow-yewBeautiful old shops throughout the town. Loved it!Shop-window

A fungi galore and a strange creature

A-fungi-galoreIt feels more like autumn than real winter these days and I’m sure the woods somewhere out there must be full of good stuff ready to be picked up. I love wild mushrooms ( I wouldn’t eat these ones I’m not silly) but I’m not an expert and so I’d rather┬ástick to needlefelting. These ones are certainly safe and will last for a long time… The owl likes them too!Owly

A Cornish Heaven

We spent a few days in Cornwall over the holidays where luckly we missed the storms and instead got rewarded by beautiful sunshine, fantastic food and a wonderful exhibition at the Tate St.Ives named Aquatopia. I particularly loved the blown glass creatures by Leopold and Rudolf Blashka. Absolutely amazing! There’s so much Cornwall has to offer visually and with its own unique style: it’s picturesque but with an edge and so beautiful in winter away from the crowds and washed by occasional big waves. The salt in the air messing your hair…PorthlevenEdenSt.Ives

Another New Year

Mr-PiggyFestiveBack from the holidays refreshed and ready to face the slings and arrows of outrageous wintry days. So many things to do, so many wonderful ideas. I have blue in my eyes, not the blues , It’s too early in the year for that, although I’m sure that’ll come if I don’t keep focused… A happy New Year to everyone from myself and Mr Piggy.