Wednesday, 26 September 2012


I was looking through some old photos the other day, when I realised I've got tonnes of pictures of cats that I've never owned but have somehow weaseled their way into my life, and I thought I might make a little series of them (maybe I'll call it Cats I've Never Owned....).

In the autumn of 2006 I'd recently returned from travelling, and was living back with my parents, when Lucky here briefly took up residence in the old cider barn. His real family lived across the valley, but for a few days we would look out of the kitchen door in the morning to find him staring up at us expectantly. He never got anything, and was probably living off the rats anyway, but that didn't stop him hoping.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

I tought I taw a puddy tat...I did! I did!

My swanky new lino cutter got its first proper use today and I'm left wondering why I didn't buy one years ago - when they say mushroom handles are harder to use, they lie. Here's a (slightly blurry) little peak at what I've been happily cutting away at all day, without a sniff of shoulder/neck/hand/elbow pain - thanks, new cutter! I'll post a proper pic when the ink's dry.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

New Toys!

Very excited about this delivery, just arrived from TN Lawrence:

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm; 500g of end-grain offcuts, two engraving tools and a lovely, brand new, artist quality lino tool - I decided it was time to upgrade from the plastic one I've been using since I was a student. Can't wait to get stuck in!

Monday, 17 September 2012

West Leicester Horticultural Show

My allotment society hosted the sixth West Leicester Horticultural Show on Saturday, and it was my job to wander round with the judge while she sized up all the fruit and veg and tasted all the cakes, jams and pickles (she let me 'help' with the tasting; I'm very grateful to her for the rhubarb and ginger jam experience. Not so much the salty marrow chutney). Despite this year's wonky weather messing up the growing season there was only one category without an entry. Here are some of the highlights:

So many delicous colours. The beautiful basket of veg got Best In Show and although those spider 'cakes' didn't win a prize they were my favourites in the children's section. The leeks were huge and, as everyone knows, you can't have a horticultural show without enormous vegetables.

These beauties were in a little border by the pavillion. So pretty.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

New Threadless Design

Good morning bloggers, I hope you're all having a marvelous end to the summer. This post is all shameless pleading I'm afraid: I've uploaded a new design to Threadless, and it would be grand if you could score it (a 5 would be lovely, but that's up to you).

This one's called I Know A Bird That Cannot Fly, and is inspired by the little African Penguins at Bristol Zoo. I used to love to stand in the viewing tunnel there and watch the seals and penguins zipping past like underwater swallows. I've got a lot of reservations about zoos - the animals rarely get enough space and often bob and weave as they slowly lose their minds (the asiatic lions and pygmy hippos at Bristol are especially bad), but I do believe in their conservation work and I feel they are doing some good, even if they have a long way to go to make their animal's lives better. Anyway, here's the link:

I Know A Bird That Cannot Fly - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More