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My brother

Yesterday we drove to St Albans to see my brother being ordained.1BB9EDB0-8B4E-418A-BE51-4E804A47BE7FBB1DB7F7-107C-4583-BFAB-6C21B7D8A687ca903f00-4478-4fef-b08c-a0d20c6628c6.jpeg It was a glorious day with family and friends, there were hats, beautiful light and so much happiness.

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with Auntie Sheila and wearing a machine embroidered silk stole

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Today, going solo in a clerical collar for the first time, in a bar after work, the barman greets him;

‘Afternoon Father, how are you?’

…’life has changed significantly…’ he tells me.

 

 

Pugs, gout and taxidermy

 

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Ulas and Merve photographer duo

Back at home with the folks after a tremendous week of cushion dealing at Ely Cathedral Flower Festival 2018. And not just cushions, a new range of screen printed, embroidered textiles in the form of light shades and footstools has been launched and warmly received by all the curious and discerning customers this week. As promised bespoke orders are now being taken.

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screen printed embroidered light shades

Rook customers, as well as being both curious and discerning bring with them unusual and challenging requests, gifts of wool blankets, chocolate, strong coffee, fudge and quotes.

And the quotes…

walking past – a double take – ‘they’re slightly more appealing than taxidermy’

and late in the day after a number of hours in the increasing heat of the craft marquee a fellow stall holder on my shiny new footstools…  ’almost worth getting gout for’

In the future I will be offering a discount for gout sufferers.

Now order must be restored in the workroom ready for July’s Cambridge Open Studios. Download the app and come on over, I will be here with the whippet and new work. See you soon.fower festival

 

 

Good to see you

Just before the clock strikes 12 and we all turn into pumpkins or white mice – thank you everyone who called in and said hello at the Norwich Summer Fair today.

From this point you can travel the inter-galactic super highway to find me here and here and here.

On a practical note; birders there will be curlews, godwits, oyster catchers and herons on cushions by the end of the week.

For the people who fancied a flamingo I can’t find the promised photo but flamingos are definitely in the repertoire so I’ll get on with that.

And all those folk who arrived after the bees had sold out there will be new bees at next weekends open studio for sure.

Hope to see you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 days

9 days until the first Cambridge Open Studios weekend which is cutting it rather fine.

The lists are many and long,

the walls are now chalk white,

the woodwork needs attention,

the door handles need repairing

the front garden is distressed,

the back garden is no longer domestic,

the headphones have stopped working,

a vital sketchbook is missing,

and the cans of spray paint are all blocked up so neon pink pigeons are on hold.

On the plus side I have discovered this which is delicious,

thread storage has been dealt with in a timely and recycled way,

I have work hanging on the chalk white walls

and the moths are out and about

 

Hope you can make it x

 

 

drizzle at first otherwise fair

img_5092The troops have rallied – surviving on emergency rations for days.

The hoover gave up – the new hoover looks scared

Rewards for prolonged period of self-sufficiency so far: new soap dish

Indulgence required before household rebellion.

On my calendar today is written ‘To The Beach’ in pen. Following Christmas fairs on two consecutive weekends and many weeks of preparation a sea breeze was calling.

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair was a tremendous event. The blue cotton drill hereditary cash bag, handed to me by my wonderful grandparents around 1985 following its retirement from the Alcester WI cake stall, was aired and back in use (an entreprenurial spirit was always encouraged).

And yesterday Histon Handmade, a contemporary design and craft fair with 14 other makers, over 750 visitors, old friends and new, and just 3 cushions left at the end of the day. Happy stats!

The order book is full and there are busy days ahead but today Well-next-the-Sea with a kite.img_5192img_5191img_5185img_5169img_5161img_5154