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The Way Birds Drink

  Today I’ve been finishing a couple of carved birds to sit on the edge of a birdbath.  I’m not sure why, and it has only just occurred to me, but I’ve made them as if they are drinking, rather than bathing (I must do a pair as if in mid flapping and sploshing next […]

Morning cheer

  At this time – September – the end of summer, but not quite autumn time – the early morning air freshens the cheeks and dew and drizzle damp, drip. The short walk to my workshop is stop and start – a look closer at little spectacles, spiders’ webs glistening with droplets, the newest fresh […]

An Owl called Jack

  Recently I delivered a commissioned owl sculpture to its new home, the most beautifully tended, flower filled garden.  From the moment I arrived butterflies and bees flitted between the beds planted in creatively soft colour swathes and a wondrous mix of textures. Stone paths led me round in curves, to view points, stone paved […]

Joy to the heart

  Last night I caught an interview on the television with Isabella Tree of Knepp Wildland, about the re-wilding of the once intensively farmed estate in West Sussex. Of course my ears pricked up at the mention of Turtle Doves, as they have been my preoccupation of late (for this exhibition).  Throughout the interview birdsong […]

In the Workshop today – Turtle Doves

  Said to represent innocence, purity and enduring love, Turtle Dove lore in deeply notched into our minds – seen in art, poetry, Shakespeare, Egyptian carvings, they were even said to draw the heavenly chariot of Aphrodite herself! The name seems strange doesn’t it, but they’re not in any way related to turtles, these doves […]

Owl Awareness Day

  International Owl Awareness Day was actually on Sunday (4th August, 2019) – but I’m celebrating today as this morning there were traces (lime splatter) that an owl had been present in the shed overnight.  The find fires my imagination. This year the Kestrels nested in the box, and I haven’t seen much evidence of […]

Just before Dusk

  That is when I saw it, though they fly well into the night too.  It looked silvery in the moorland evening light, and then seemed to disappear when it landed, and though I carefully marked the spot where it settled, when I got to it there was no sign. The Green Carpet is so […]

Pretty Posies

  Picking fresh flowers from the garden and bringing them into the house for display is a divinely simple pleasure.  Arranging little posies, single buds, or a tangle of tumbling stems brings delight, and doesn’t it give such happy satisfaction?  A touch of nature right by your side, on table, shelf, bedside .. oh, just […]

A life-size Dog Sculpture

  It isn’t at all surprising that for many thousands of years artists have drawn, painted and sculpted dogs, our beautiful, loyal pets are loved so much and become an integral part of our lives.  It has been such a wonderful experience for me to carve various dog sculptures over the years and meeting the […]

Mice are Nice

  I agree with Rose Fyleman in her poem I think mice are rather nice; Their tails are long, their faces small; They haven’t any chins at all. Their ears are pink, their teeth are white, They run about the house at night, They nibble things they shouldn’t touch, and, no one seems to like […]