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I've just finished a vast amount of mopping. I actually quite like cleaning with a mop and a bucket whereas I really, really dislike hoovers which get stuck in doorways, make me sneeze, and hurt my ankles when the cable and plug go flying back in. But mopping is quite... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at yarnstorm
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Paul Newman I get around by bike these days. Not since I was 11 or 12 have I whizzed about and revelled in the practicality and sheer joy of speeding along on two wheels. I made a pathetic attempt to bike in Bristol at university, but as I am seriously... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at yarnstorm
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This has to be the most famous 'spiral of pebbles on a table' ever. I'd love to pick one up and see if it's numbered underneath so that the people who clean and conserve Kettle's Yard know exactly where to replace it; I have no doubt that people who have... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at yarnstorm
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Suitably hot and hectic colours for knitting, not wearing, during a heatwave. And I should know, because I've now knitted three pairs of socks in this Arne and Carlos yarn. The first was for Phoebe who declared them her favourite pair ever. They went with her to Spain where she... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at yarnstorm
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Librairie de la Lune Brassaï (c1931-4) These days, we spend quite a bit of time in Le Havre (more of which another time). I am totally back in love with France after a cooling-off period following a less-than-brilliant time studying languages at university. I now realise that I may have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at yarnstorm
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Phoebe in the Cam My pink kitchen apart, there was one other thing I thought I'd miss enormously after the move to the new house, and that was swimming outdoors all year round in the the pool in Hampton (never mind the breakfasts afterwards). It was habit that was hard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at yarnstorm
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We now live almost next door to an allotment site, which is one of the nicest possible things to have nearby. I still fantasise about having an allotment, and have put my name on the waiting list, but the fact that it takes about five years to get one doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at yarnstorm
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I have just seen two copies of my new book in Heffers. I took a photo and sent it to my nearest and dearest who came back with party popper emojis. Because, whether or not they realise the significance, this is a big thing for me. I fell in love... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at yarnstorm
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in my pots The new house is completely different to the old one. So different that some friends and family have been visibly shocked by the change: suburban to urban, 1929 to 2008, two floors to four, one set of stairs to three, separate rooms to open-plan living, detached to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at yarnstorm
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I keep finding quilt/textile inspiration in stained glass. There's everything from clever, complicated and geometric to pale, simple and restful, from wild, colourful and abstract to richly patterned, floral and extravagant. This window is in the intensely atmospheric Halifax Minster which I visited recently. I'd never been to Halifax before,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at yarnstorm
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Painting of the old house and garden painted by Tom when he was about 14, now hanging in the new house Quite a bit has happened since I last blogged sporadically, and lots since I blogged regularly. The biggest change was leaving the house near Windsor where we had lived... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at yarnstorm
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Surprise, surprise! I'm still making rock buns. That makes it about 33 years now, ever since we had a rock bun epiphany at a mobile cafe in RHS Wisley. Long before it became the all-selling, marketed-up-to-the eyeballs, multi-caféd entity it is now, there was a simple van near the entrance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at yarnstorm
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I'd wanted to make a big, bold, blowsy botanical quilt for ages, but it took a long time to get the fabrics/my act together. The catalyst was discovering the Snow Leopard range by the brilliant Philip Jacobs who has a huge archive of old floral designs from which he draws... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at yarnstorm
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Arne & Carlos socks Recently, I have missed blogging. I didn't miss it for quite a long time, and in fact I am surprised by the fact I think it might be nice to make a return. I miss taking photos on a camera rather than a phone, observing the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at yarnstorm
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Someone was having a laugh, as they say, when they put these giraffes high up in a beautiful window in St Edmundsbury Cathedral. You really need a giraffe-length neck to be able to see them. Failing that, a telephoto lens enables you to admire this delightful and charming pair. Thankfully,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at glazed expressions
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There is no end to CE Kempe's camp imagination. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at glazed expressions
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It's the knitted cables, the moustache and the flask, the flat cap and the pencil behind the ear which do it, which make me love this window and want to laugh with delight. It's a fine example of modern stained glass at a time when the demand for windows is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Sometimes I like a stained glass window for the wrong reasons. It's all about the expressions in this one. (The work of Sir Ninian Comper (1864-1960) in St Mary's, Wellingborough.) Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Spring Summer Autumn Winter Just wonderful what you can do with clear glass, black paint, yellow stain, and a lot of skill. I found these details in one of the windows in St Mary's, Banbury, a quite phenomenal 1790s church which once sat 3,000 people and still has most of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at glazed expressions
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I found these fritillaries in a church in Surrey while I was visiting to see a completely different window. Chance finds like this are what make stained glass so rich and rewarding. It is so poorly documented (and attributed) that you can often go to a place for a specific... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Long before he was the artist known as Sir Edward Burne-Jones, he was plain 'Ted' Jones from Birmingham. He was born and lived at 11 Bennett's Hill, a stone's throw from St Philip's Church which, like Ted Jones, went up in the world when it later became Birmingham Cathedral. Unlike... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at glazed expressions
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There are times when I marvel at the sheer strangeness of stained glass. There is so much in there, so much going on, so much to decode, to wonder at, to understand. I love the fact that to untutored eyes it can often appear quite barmy; stained glass artists were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Thomas Denny (b.1956) is one the best-known contemporary stained glass artists and has created windows in several important places, including Hereford Cathedral. He has an instantly recognisable style; dense, dark, luminous, textured, layered, minutely detailed, heavily painted and scratched, stippled, and scumbled. The results are mystical and strange, with half-glimpsed,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at glazed expressions
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If there were to be a stained glass knobbly knees competition, I feel sure these would win. I know I'm supposed to be looking at Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but all I see are the most amazing depictions of flesh, muscle and bone. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at glazed expressions
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At the risk of sounding like Monty Python's Anne Elk, I have a theory (hem, hem.) And it is this: An enormous amount of medieval stained glass is so high up and so far from the naked eye, that it is impossible to discern the details they contain, and even... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at glazed expressions