lesbury picture

A local friend told me about a small exhibition that was planned in our village,  around the theme of what the village means to us. I found a photograph that I had taken recently on a walk to the river, and it was such a beautiful day and a peaceful time watching and listening to the water.  I realised that to me living here means being able to be immersed in nature and the peace and calm that it can provide. The other important aspect for me is feeling part of the community and  meeting such friendly people when I go out. It is the kind of place where everybody says hello, smiles and comments on the weather or something else. I have lived here for three years and it is such a different feeling to where I lived before, when people would rarely say hello and it was a more urban situation.  As my arms are very weak at the moment and I am doing a lot of other things, I kept my submission as simple as possible and was proud of myself that I managed to complete it in two short work sessions.


fragments of memory and desire

I went to a bookmaking workshop recently and was asked if I wanted to take part in a project by the workshop leader. The brief was to respond to the title “Fragments of Memory and/or Desire”. I might say more about it later and about the wider context of the project, but for now, here is what I produced. She is asking lots of people to do a postcard sized response and will make them into a book to submit to the project.

I am really happy to be part of the project and that I managed to produce something in a very short space of time (the deadline has already passed!)


Here is some further info about the project:

Fragments of Memory and Desire

al-Mutanabbi Street starts here

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb exploded on

al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the heart of the literary and intellectual community.

More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 wounded. In July 2010, Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman put out a call for 260 book artists to make work that reflected this attack on both the “street of the booksellers” as well as the ultimate futility of those who try to erase thought. And so the ‘al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here’ coalition was born.

This project is both a lament and a commemoration of the power of words.

One complete set of all the books will be donated to the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. The other two sets will become touring collections.

Proceeds from sales or other fund raising are being donated to the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. If you would like to make a donation you can do so online:


In the spring I went to visit a lovely friend called Amy. She gave me a beautiful hand painted pebble. I thought I would see what adventures the pebble might have. In the spring it went to my Mum’s garden:
pebble sempervivums

pebble stones

pebble stump

Then the pebble had a rest for many months (apart from moving house)

And today the pebble explored the beach:

pebble clouds

I post this one mainly for the clouds, but it also shows where I sat for most of the time – on a bench on the small sand dunes. It shows the concrete blocks which were put there to stop tanks in the war. Pebble visits these below.

pebble boot print

pebble friends

Making pebble friends…

pebble hand

Yearning for the sea

pebble seaweed 1

The seaweed also looks inviting…

pebble seaweed 2

Yep, feels good!

pebble shell

pebble texture

pebble yellow


Creative Joyful Thing No.4

*Find a photo, and send it to the other person*

When you receive your photograph, stick it onto a bigger piece of paper and extend the boundaries of the image using your imagination, until it fills the page.



SO here is what we did:

I sent Rach three photos and she chose one I took of some mud under the bottom of a gate. This is what she did with it!


This is me, my partner and our dog – brilliant!

Here is what I did with her photo:


I loved this one – it was fun 🙂

This was an inpromptu addition to the CJT project. I was having trouble finding the time/energy to do my part of CJT2 and didn’t want to change to something easier than what I had in my head, so to keep a sense of momentum with the project, I sent my friend No.3 to do in the meantime. It was nice and quick and we both enjoyed it!


Creative Joyful Thing No.3

*Write a Haiku*

This is my favourite Haiku at the moment:

O snail

Climb Mount Fuji,

But slowly, slowly!

~ Kobayashi Issa

A definition:

Haiku is an unrhymed, syllabic form adapted from the Japanese: three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Because it is so brief, a haiku is necessarily imagistic, concrete and pithy, capturing a single moment in a very few words.

Because the form has been brought into English from a language written in characters, in which a haiku appears on a single line, many poets writing haiku in English are flexible about the syllable and line counts, focusing more on the brevity, condensed form and “Zen” attitude of haiku. The traditional Japanese haiku requires some reference to nature or the season.


Here is my Haiku:

Raggle-taggle bunch

Picked on December 15th

You are beautiful

It was about a bunch of misshapen and partially formed flowers that I had found still struggling to bloom, despite the fact that they should be dead at this time of year. It was a pink rose and some blue anemones. In actual fact I could have picked them a few days ago, almost the same, a month later! We have had a mild winter so far, though it is very frosty today.

And here are the TWO Haiku Rachael sent to me (I am spoilt!)

The cover of the first (they were sent inside little cards)

And the Haiku:

Apricot, turquoise,

Charcoal and dark amethyst

Sky promises storm

And here is the second one:

She particularly liked the structure of the words in this one, being 3, 5, 3:

O wing-ed brethren

Help me! With unfeathered wings

Earthbound I remain

My friend, Rachael, chose to do her Creative Joyful Thing No.1 on the theme of  A Colour Of Your Choice. (Mine was Texture or Pattern). We did not speak about how we would send our photos to each other, but both ended up putting a little book together! It was a nice surprise. Here is her book:

This is the front

this is the back

Here are the images inside. She made one large image, then put a mini photo taken from it on the opposite side. To view the full page you need to click on each image.

She said to me that really she felt that the mini shots were the great achievement of the project and the bit she loved the best. I think she will be pleased that you need to click on each image to see the larger photos and can just see the smaller ones on this page.

I love her use of paint cards and then searching for that colour…

This branch only turned pink after her dog chewed it… a pink bruise.

This was almost her favourite colour, the one she was searching for: Flame. She said to me that Flame was the closest to the clour she was searching, but that you can’t get a paint card for it, exactly.

This one was taken through the hole in her jeans, of the tile floor. I love it!

So there we are, Creative Joyful Thing No.1 is finished and we are both moving on to number two! See next post!

As part of my project with a friend I have taken a series of photos on a theme (see previous post). The theme I chose was Texture or Pattern. I decided to make them into a little book!

(My friend has also sent me her photos and I will blog about them in the next post – it was so exciting to see what she had done!)

I made one for myself and one for my friend too. I put an index at the back and folded the end over to the front to create a spine. I then sewed a piece of wool throughout the set to make it into a booklet. Just a touch of glue to make it sit right and it was done.

Here are the images within my book!

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