Makeover time for the Studio

After the last six or seven years the studio needed repainting…. and so I went for a dramatic black.  I managed it all except the very top of the eaves and called the professional for help.  Must take an up to date photo now the plants have started to flower, they look stunning against the black.2018-05-09 15.03.26
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Mid-way2018-05-10 18.39.14Almost finished

Trip to London

After Stirling I headed to London for a two day trip to meet a Canadian friend I’ve known for…. around 17 years… but never actually met.  We had a wonderful time, good food and company.2018-04-26 08.14.39Leaving Berwick, a view of Spittal from the train.2018-04-26 15.12.59
Love the buzz of the city, couldn’t live there again, but love a visit.  I nipped in to see the Monet and Architecture… the Reims Cathedral series was spectacular and worth the visit.  The rest was merely interesting.2018-04-27 09.29.31
I was also able to get my various London library and archive collection cards.  Believe me that was the best photo!  Now I can search online and pre-order items before my next visit.2018-04-28 11.47.55
And a promising book….2018-04-29 17.07.34-1

Scottish Embroiderers Guild Regional Meeting

I was delighted to be the morning speaker at the Scottish EG Regional Meeting in Stirling.  242 people had tickets.  I made my talk an overview of the last few years, from landscapes in rain, through to the hares and recent studies which will inform later work.  It was wonderful to meet so many people I had taught in the past – from Elgin and Aberdeen and Dumfries to name a few.  Huge thanks to Angela who helped me set up and take down, it made all the difference.  And to AVG for bringing the goodies I ordered beforehand!2018-04-21 10.21.3631120693_1598365513545397_5856329169570365440_nCan’t believe I am only just blogging this and it happened over a month ago on the 21st April!

Doune Castle

In April I had the fortune to travel north to Stirling and was able to tick another castle off my list – Doune Castle near Stirling, as seen in Outlander…. as seen by lots of tourists.  Luckily left as the coach was arriving…

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(Damn that red fire extinguisher!)
More info here if you’d like to read up on its history.

GDPR and other things


Well, I’ve updated my mailing list form and privacy policy to comply with new GDPR regulations that come into force this week.   You can sign up to the mailing list here and read the policy here.

I (should/ plan to / aim for / ideally) send out 4 newsletter a year…. and a new one will be coming through in a few weeks, so do sign up to make sure you receive it.

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St Abbs Woolfest

First booking of the year and a great day – met so many lovely people, both customers and stall holders. Next weekend I’m at Durham EG with the new talk on hares followed by a workshop on Sunday where I’ll be teaching drawing with the sewing machine.