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  1. So like lots of people this year, well almost all of us, my travel plans have not happened. We should have been on our way up to Scotland to see the Gannets at Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, but I'm still here at home looking out at the pouring rain which we badly need after weeks of glorious sunshine.

    So I'm doing the next best thing and reading about it in Adam Nicholson's wonderful book  The Seabird's Cry. thankyou Martin & Lucy for sending me this. I have to say the chapter on Gannets was slightly gruesome. They are natures killing machines and very aggressive to each other. Still extremely beautiful though.

    Selfie with Book

    I also found a cardboard kit that I had bought at an RSPB shop years ago so I've made that up and photographed it hanging in front of a fabulous pastel painting called The Storm by Vincent Neave.

    Gannet model

    model designed by Deryck Henley


    Gannet in front of storm picture

    Vincent is a Marine Artist living in Bristol. We became friends when he owned a floating Gallery in Bristol harbour a few years back called The Glevum, you can read all about him here.

    So thats my holiday from home this year, now I'm off to read about another of my favourite birds. The Puffin.

  2. I've put off writing in my blog because quite honestly I have been lost for words. The world has changed so much since my last entry and I, like many craftspersons I have had to make some difficult decisions about how and if I can carry on making.

    I have decided to take a break as no one can predict what the new "normal" will be like and my circumstances have changed in the last year so this seems like a good time to stop and reflect, catch up with other projects and hopefully start up again in the near future with a clearer idea of what I want to do.

    I plan to revamp my website and keep you up to date with whatever projects I am working on.

    Thanks to all my customers who have supported me in the past, I hope you all stay safe in these difficult times.