Nunney Castle

Last weekend was spent in the West Country. The Hilliard Society was holding its annual miniature exhibition at the town hall in Wells. We drove down to Somerset on Thursday evening and stayed at one of our favourite B&B’s – Penny’s Mill. It’s located in the charming little village of Nunney. The following morning we […]

Boat borrower

My new hip is strong enough now to enable me to get into my little dinghy. So today we decided to row down the river – the first for over a year. But it was not to be. When we got to my mooring we found that a coot had made its nest on the […]

New Arrivals

We had fun the other day. Norika was borrowing one of my crutches for her young daughter who had been injured while playing rugby. With crutch in hand as we went downstairs to fetch the other one in my car we came across these thirteen little ducklings huddling in the corner. Their mother was hovering […]


I love pencil drawing. There’s nothing more peaceful than lightly passing my pencil over the smooth surface of paper. If I want to create softness, like a gentle caress, I barely touch the paper and hold my pencil so lightly that sometimes it falls from my grasp. And when I need to show deep shadow […]

Up, up and away- not.

Last week on a morning at seven we were supposed to be going up, up and away in a hot air balloon. But, for the third time it was cancelled because of the adverse weather expected. Apparently with winds over 10 mph and not enough possible landing sites available that are not waterlogged our flight […]

Two funerals and a mud-slide

For the past few years I’ve been using Blogger to host my blog. But last month when they updated the site it wouldn’t work with the app on my iPad. So I’ve had to find a new host. Hence this will be my first blog on WordPress. You can enter your email address in the […]

Purbeck Vineyard

It was Val’s 80th birthday on Valentine’s day so as a big surprise the whole family has been secretly planning to take her away for the weekend. Being twenty of us we needed to find a place to accomodate us all. Louisa came up with answer – Purbeck Vineyard in Dorset. It’s located just a […]