August – busy as usual

August is meant to be holiday time isn’t it? Not in our house it seems! On the contrary, it has been a really busy August as usual. Although we didn’t have a trade stand at Festival this year we did have several trips back and forth to the NEC. Laura hand delivered her competition entry which required special hanging, both because of its size and because she wanted it displayed on a curved wall. The organisers went out of their way to accommodate her request! We visited on the opening day – Laura had had a phone call the evening before to let her know she’d won first prize in the Guild Challenge category so the trip was an extra special celebration. You can see her quilt and read all about it over on the DesignMatters TV blog at

With more domestic thoughts in mind, it’s that time of year when we can’t turn our backs on the vegetable patch lest when we look again there be monsters!


How’s that for a prize specimen?


Enough to feed the whole village I reckon and I daren’t show you the courgette crop.  If I start turning green you’ll know why!


We’ve eaten out of doors as much as we can this summer. I couldn’t resist running back into the house for my camera to capture this incredible sky a couple of nights ago just as we finished dinner. Our English weather is always unpredictable but, when it’s good it’s gorgeous.


Of course one of the reasons we’re kept busy in summer is it’s school holidays. We’re never happier than when we’re on grandma and granddad duty! We’re out and about several times a week if the sun shines – a trip to Rays Farm revealed this lovely tree spirit. The farm and woodland walks are meant to entertain and educate the children but I always find something inspirational when I visit too.


There are gnomes, witches and dragons all through the woods but I’d never spotted this fellow on previous visits. He was only really noticeable from a low vantage when resting on a strategically placed bench.

I live in hope of a few quiet moments with my sketchbook while the others are diverted. Sadly my efforts this week don’t bear sharing but back home before dinner I made time for a bit of mixed media.


This page uses that back to front technique I showed in a recent DMTV video. It’s fast becoming my favourite way of working!

Talk again soon – Love Linda x

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