I've had the first chance in a long time to start organising my sewing room. This whole winter seems to have been a string of book deadlines and illness, so I'm happy that there is a little warmth at last in the air.
Last month I hosted my first small workshop here at The Wilderness and it was heaven. There were four of us in all and that was just how I wanted it for the first one. Cosy, intimate and warm. I lit the fire in the sewing room and laid out the table, which in all … Continue reading A Cosy Little Workshop
You were incredible! I want to do it all again. From stitching in a chateau, to lunch in Bordeaux to a book launch in London, it was just great. I'm back now in my cottage, deep in the middle of Autumn and looking forward to Winter immensely. The woodshed is full, the garden is becoming … Continue reading Oh, October…
Many autumns ago, before my daughter was even one year old, I knew an old lady. She had the look of someone who had led a life less ordinary - her hair tied up in a tidy chignon, sparkling earrings dangling about her face like crystal chandeliers, smoky eyes, a slip of pink lipstick, a … Continue reading The Magic Buttons
Tonight is going to be all about lists. A list for my workshop in a few weeks time. A list of deadlines needing to be met for my books. A list of things to be fixed/painted/cleaned/saved from falling down in our ancient house. I may have accidentally bought myself a lovely new Moleskine diary to … Continue reading A Walk and a ‘wee pie’
Isn't it funny how life sometimes gives you what you need, not want you want, and then you realise that what you needed was actually what you wanted? Not in the way, you understand, that people say - "I told you so", or - "It's for the best". I mean when you really, really just … Continue reading The Wilderness
I love old things, I always, always have. When I was a child, we used to go on holiday to France. We would travel from our home in Northern Ireland all the way down through Wales and England, always stopping off at Grandpa Bob's house in Dorset overnight before catching the ferry across the … Continue reading Roses and Chateaux