Nature Boy

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Gordon Pembridge An avid outdoorsman, artist Gordon Pembridge has had the good fortune to be surrounded for most of his life by the very best of nature. After spending the first ten years of his life…

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Back to Nature

This gallery contains 18 photos.

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Rachel Dein Rachel Dein, A.K.A. Tactile Studio, makes casts of incredibly fragile flowers, plants, and even vegetables, then turns them into extraordinary Wedgewood-style decorative tiles. Dein adapted a glass casting technique she learned at Middlesex University by…

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Sad News

We lost Caesar today. He had what appeared to be a stroke and on top of his other health problems his prognosis was very poor. He was around 14 years old, and had been battling health problems for the last 8 months.

I will be going offline for a while. Many thanks for all the positive thoughts and wishes that so many people have sent my way.

Open tap, stupid.

Cumfy Cat

Caesar with my husband

Much loved. Greatly missed.

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Westminster Cathedral

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Westminster Cathedral (Wiki) ⇒ was built in the Byzantine style and completed in 1903.  It is free to enter and photography is allowed, although perhaps best to avoid when used for Mass ⇒. The Cathedral is on Victoria Street, very near to London’s Victoria Station.

Westminster Cathedral should not be confused with Westminster Abbey ⇒ which is much older (1089 AD).  The Abbey is worth seeing but does charge for entry and does not allow photography.

The lower part of the Cathedral is very ornate but the upper ceiling and walls are bare dark brick.  I found it best not to look. 

There is a small museum of religious regalia and a lift up the tower to a viewing platform.  There is a small charge for each of these extras, paid for at the Cathedral shop.


Inside Westminster Cathedral


Westminster Cathedral Museum


Westminster Cathedral View from…

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Oh, well…

Caesar is still going along. The one who has been sick is me…

(I’m letting off some steam – feel free to skip the rest of this post if other people’s symptoms bore you)

I don’t often get sick, and normally get over it quickly when I do. This was something else. If you want to confuse a doctor, have a few completely separate things going on at the same time. I got a weird itchy rash. On my back, so I really couldn’t see what was going on. It didn’t seem that bad, so I pretty much ignored it and hoped it would clear up by itself.

Then I had an abscessed tooth that was bad enough to be painful right into the ear and running temperatures of 39 degrees. Then have an allergic reaction to the medication for pain and inflammation. Yes, it is possible to have two different rashes at the same time. Incidentally, the first rash was shingles… Note to self, do not ask husband if you have a rash. He will say ‘yes’ and not elaborate. I only managed to get a look when my son took a photo. Wow.

Then wake up in the middle of the night with a numb, burning pain down your left arm and into your hand… Four a.m. and I am looking up the symptoms of a heart attack.

Some x-rays later it seems the problem is coming from my neck, exacerbated by the shingles. Two weeks later and I still have numbness in two fingers of my left hand. I’m a guitarist. My left hand is important! And it feels a little slow and stupid as well. And I can’t take the !@#&* pain-and-inflammation medication because I am allergic.

All tatting is on stop. Even driving was challenging. Try driving with numbness going down your arm.

Things have improved somewhat. At least I can drive again. But those numb fingers are driving me nuts!

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Popping Pills…

Happy New Year to everyone, and all the best for 2017.

Yes, I know it’s almost the end of January. I didn’t want to get lost in the wave of New Year’s greetings. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

No ironing today

No ironing today

Caesar is still soldiering on. He had some problems a few weeks ago – he was getting very clumsy and confused. I thought we were going have to put him down. I ended up taking him to a different vet, who put him onto medication. I’m glad to say there has been a considerable improvement. He has eye-drops, which are fine. He has various liquids, which are fine. He also has various tablets, which are… not fine.

I came across this while looking for help on administering pills. It was no help with pill popping, but good for a giggle or two. (I inserted a link, but it seems to keep disappearing – the website is

Caesar is coping pretty well on the whole, although we do have to watch him.

I haven’t been doing much tatting – life getting in the way. I need a nice project. I’m not one for the huge doilies – I know it will never be used and I’m not putting all that work and time into something that will go into a cupboard, never to see the light of day again.

I also promised my husband a knitted jersey…



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Museum Miniatures Part 1

Tiny treasures.

The Wonder of Miniature Worlds

If you are a miniaturist you know that the most familiar places to view miniatures are the miniature exhibit and sales room, and the few miniature museums that are located in the center of the country. But for those who can’t visit these venues, there are miniatures located in pretty much every museum across the country. This series on museum miniatures will show you how to locate these wonderful examples of miniature work.

The first set of examples are from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Described as the world’s leading museum of art and design, the V&A may not seem like a place you would find many miniatures. But here are some amazing examples. My definition of what counts as a miniature may differ from your but I believe every miniaturist should look at this kind of work.

img_4453 This German altarpiece from 1520 depicts St. Margaret in a…

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