Solar eclipse 2015

How to View a Solar Eclipse Today I did something new, and after some trial and error it went rather well! In Theory ... This morning was clear and sunny. At breakfast we discussed methods of viewing the eclipse without damaging our eyesight. Buckets of water were mentioned. Binoculars were mentioned. Pinhole cameras were…

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Colours of Yorkshire

In Need of a Break Sometimes you just need a break. It's not always logical, after all, the Christmas holidays were only a few weeks ago. But, I had a fibromyalgia flare in January, followed by very mild cold that dragged on and on, leaving me exhausted. I wasn't even sure I should…

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The Journeys We Travel

A Ramble in Different Ways Old Journeys Earlier this year I read "The Old Ways" by Robert Macfarlane. Although this book was recommended to me, I knew nothing about it. For some reason, I assumed that it would be about old ways of doing things. However, it's about ancient paths, the reasons…

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Quilts UK 2014

Sunshine, Quilts and Chestnuts! Malvern in May If you only ever visit a certain place at the same time of year then that place will be associated with things that you see in that season. So it is for me and Malvern. Every year I go to Malvern to the…

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Inspired by Natural Form

Focusing on form This week I've been thinking about how nature inspires designers. All my life, nature has been a source of inspiration. My final MA collection was inspired by natural form. This was quite a departure for me, since my designs are usually inspired by colour, pattern or texture. In My…

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A Need for Nature

Oh, To Be Outside Many designers are inspired by nature, the colours, textures and forms, and nature certainly inspires me. However, today I'm writing about a more fundamental need - the need for nature. We live north of Birmingham and it is said that, if you do, the sunshine is…

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A Suffolk Seaside Summer Holiday

This year we decided to have a Suffolk seaside summer holiday. We've flown over, and travelled on and under the sea, but not actually been to the coast for a long while, so we were excited about this holiday.  We're a bit too old for buckets and spades, but we…

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