Monday, 24 September 2018

A Whole Lotta Rocks and a Grateful Heart


Two days at a house on a beach
soaking up the sounds and rhythm of the waves


Walking barefoot in sand and water


 Marvelling at Mother Nature's artwork


Finding lines of stitch and....


....weathered holes


Marvelling at grey on grey textures


Discovering two rocks so different from the rest


Wondering why barnacles have started to grow on seaweed


Imagining the waves on stormy nights
carving their images on smooth rocks and ....


....pounding down to create seams and crevices


Thank you to Diane and Harold who gifted me this time
and
thank you to the golden who sat by my side and wanted so much to be petted.


Thank you to so many of you who loved the Rusty Pups
You raised us up with your beautiful words of sympathy.
And thank you Miranda for your beautiful rusty gifts
I will indeed wear them and think of my pups.

Friday, 14 September 2018

And Now a Farewell to Rusty Pup Kayla


Our beautiful Rusty Pup Kayla
passed away surrounded by love on Thursday afternoon at 5:30.
On Wednesday we received the devastating news that her kidneys
had shut down and she only had days to live.
She has left us just four days after her sister, Shandy.
We are devastated.


Born on Halloween
we picked up our babies on Christmas Eve eleven years ago.
They were inseparable from the start.


 They were both water babies....


....especially Kayla.


Kayla was always under foot checking out what I was up to.
I soon learnt to shut the studio door to avoid chewed up threads.

There once was a ball of pearl cotton that disappeared for a whole winter.
The next spring I stumbled upon it way back in the woods
stretched like a spiders web around trees and shrubs.
An aspiring weaver perhaps.


 Kayla was a gentle and patient soul.


Like her sister, Kayla was delighted when the beaver moved into our pond.


One morning on the dyke she met a whole family of beavers
and watched them intently.


Always interested in everything.


Being taunted by the local squirrel population.


Kayla loved scratching her back
and getting belly rubs from us humans.
We did that a lot on Thursday afternoon.


Doggy toys used to last about five minutes when Kayla got involved.


 She was such a beautiful princess.


Kayla always looked out for her sister.
They were never far apart.


We all belonged together
and walked this beautiful valley for eleven years.


Oh, my precious pups
you brought us so much joy and love.
Our hearts are broken.
You will be so missed.
God bless.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Farewell to Rusty Pup Shandy


Our beautiful RP Shandy passed away last night at ten o'clock.
She had aged a lot this summer
and recently had struggled to climb the stairs at bedtime.
On Sunday evening she started up but stopped a quarter way up on the landing.
Handy Hubby comforted her and prevented her going any further.
She lay down and looked up at the stairs as if to say
"but I'm supposed to be up there".
Handy Hubby stroked her and assured her everything was alright
but eventually she stretched out her legs
and peacefully passed away.


Eleven years ago on Halloween
Shandy(r) and Kayla took their first steps into this big wide world.


They did everything together.


Exploring the woods together


Playing in the snow together


and learning how to share (or not).


When it was time to come in, "it was time to come in ...  please"


Shandy(r) and Kayla did love the snow.


They had each other's backs


Where one went the other was not far behind.


Shandy was a people dog
She would rather spend time with folks than with dogs.
The one human she worshipped most was Handy Hubby....


....mostly because he was prepared to spend hours
making tennis balls sail through the air for her to catch,
while Kayla was just watching.



Shandy never asked for much....


....but if no-one was prepared to hit balls
she was known to sulk!


All of us....


 ....loved our walks


 Shandy (with tongue hanging out) could still jump
into the car until this summer,
when she joined Kayla in having to be lifted in.


Our last walk was on Friday
when she was delighted to see the beaver.


Shandy, my precious,
you filled our lives with fun and laughter and love.
We were so lucky to have you.


Kayla(r) is wondering where you are.
God bless.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Closing Cloth of Time


Handy Hubb and Nick (from the Craft Council) and I
took down the show on Monday.

I just wanted to take some time to thank all of you who came to see 
Judy's and my work and
even signed our visitors book.
I have only just started reading through the many pages
of visitors
It is going to take me some time!

who wrote
A really nice coming together of two devoted and highly
sensitive artists & makers.
Thank you so much Sandra for dropping by.
I hope our paths cross again.
I learnt a lot from you!

To Judy who wrote
Reminiscent of the Bayeux Tapestry
Yup
Daily Scratchings was heavily
influenced by that!

To Linda who wrote
Thank you for slowing my tourist brain down
to the speed of wisdom!
Thank you
wish I had been around when you visited.

To Cathrin who wrote
All I want to do now is make things now!
I hope you do!

To Louise Pentz who wrote
.... documenting thoughtfully time, place and life.
Thank you
I have long been an admirer of your work honouring
the courage and dignity of women
who do not have the basic freedom
of choosing the direction of their own lives.

To Laura from Newmarket, Ontario
...My old stomping ground!
who wrote a lot including
....a way to truly notice and be present
Thank you

To Shelley from Richmond, Texas
who wrote
There is a quiet beauty in every stitch
Thank you

To Steve from North Bay
who wrote
Dedication to art is love
Thank you

and finally a shout out to Mo Cleating
who wrote
I went to Bournemouth Uni!
(University for those of you from outside the UK!)
Yay!
I miss those early years on Derby Court Road
I try to remain connected by cheering for
Bournemouth FC whenever they are on TV!

Some words that appeared often
Truly delicious
Calming
Reflective
Meaningful
Interesting
Patience
Inspiring

And of course I would like to thank
and it's Director, Susan Charles
who was so supportive of our work.

I have to say that I do not expect anybody to actually read all of this!
I don't usually have so much text in my posts
but
I wanted to keep some of the words written for myself.
It might help improve my own writing
about my own work!

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Friendship and Fine Dining and A Place to Lay Your Heads!


Friends flew in from Ontario for the last weekend of
Cloth of Time
and touched our hearts
for taking the trouble to do that.

Of course we had to eat
and
my goodness me
we found the very best restaurant
to celebrate our friendship
and catch up.


So...
If when you find yourself in Halifax, Nova Scotia
do go and eat at this new restaurant
on the corner of Lower Water Street and Bishop.
Owned by
Andrew Al-Khouri
a finalist on 'Masterchef Canada'.

aFrite was his childhood nickname which
if I remember correctly
means winged devil!


Born in Cape Breton,
Andrew is welcoming and gregarious.
He talks about his Syrian influenced menu with passion
and boy oh boy that food is great!
I already know what I want to try next tie we are in Halifax.


And....
if you like old buildings and antiques
you might want to stay at the Waverley Inn
on Barrington Street.
Each room is different and beautifully furnished.