My Art as Therapy

Life can be stressful these days, huh? Anxiety was once something other people suffered from, right? Mental health and wellbeing may be buzz words right now but gosh now is the time to start (if you aren’t already) to pay attention to looking after our own mental health. And these last couple of years I... Continue Reading →

Love Bites

Arborglyphs. A curious trait - humans have always found a way to leave their mark. It’s Valentines Weekend here in the UK and with a global pandemic all around us, it’s one like we’ve never known before. I’m in a privileged / complex situation of currently having no fixed abode and within government guidelines, I... Continue Reading →

Altered Images

I find using a pen to draw with liberating. But how can that be? I hear you ask, when you are unable to correct any mistakes. My point entirely. It is liberating because you are unable to correct any mistakes. You are committed. The decision has been made. End of. No more ummmms and would... Continue Reading →

Lil and Daise and football

Lil (with hat) and Daise celebrating Lil's 90th Birthday in 1983 It’s Saturday evening, June 1st and for those of you out there who are football fans, you know the significance the date. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are in Madrid playing in the Champions League final. So what has this to do with Lil and... Continue Reading →

The secrets of Eel Pie Island

Eel Pie Island - what a fabulous name! Until last weekend I confess to not actually knowing anything about Eel Pie Island or of its very existence.  But Eel Pie Island is indeed a real place. Located in the middle of the River Thames at Twickenham, this small private piece of land of about 9... Continue Reading →

Plogging for the good of all

Thanks to the lovely people of Sweden, this new eco trend is sweeping the country clean. Plogging, the fusion of the Swedish words ‘plocka’ - pick up and ‘jogga’ - jogging, is the activity of litter-picking while jogging. Said to be founded by Erik Ahlström as an organised activity in Sweden in 2016 plogging quickly... Continue Reading →

Postcard from Muriel

Tucked away in my Ebay box are a few old postcards sharing snippets of peoples lives. This one is from Muriel.  Postmark:  Farnborough Hants 7:30pm 20 Oct 1965 Dear Ma arrived about 8.30. Stan and (I can't work out this name) were waiting for me.  Weather lovely - sunshine now a little fog this morning... Continue Reading →

stories shared – rat

So, last week, I was chatting with someone and she just suddenly changed the subject and said... "oh my god, I've just got to tell you...." and her story is...... After a romantic night, man-friend of above, is getting up early, to return home and to go to work. Friend thinks ok, I'll get up,... Continue Reading →

Creativity

Today I have feeding my soul. I have been allowing myself to play. Some years ago as part of my final project for my art degree I obtained, from eBay, various job lots of ephemera, photographs and photographic slides. It formed the basis on my work at the time. I was looking at how technology... Continue Reading →

Me and the Tortoise

Day 4 Live your legend 7 day self-discovery writing challenge   Today my email asks what’s one thing you’re proud of.... Ok.... it says ‘one thing’ not THE one thing.... So what’s my one thing?  Well looking back at the last 10 or so years from the time of trying to keep the relationship together, my... Continue Reading →

Stories overheard

The fox cubs are being a right nuisance in my garden.  They have made a sprinkler out of my hose pipe! They keep breaking into people's sheds. They like stealing gloves. We have a bucket of odd gloves along our road. If you recognise your glove you can retrieve it!   A lovely story being... Continue Reading →

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