Thursday, 27 November 2014

Ta Dah moment

Do you remember this from February? 
Well 10 months later I finally finished what is going to be a Christmas present for my mum and dad
I was super pleased with the finished results and chuffed I managed to finish it with plenty of time to spare! 
And it's based on this photo. Not bad eh! Now if you know them mums the word until after Christmas as it's meant to be a surprise! 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

 It's November so that means it must be time for Renegade Craft Fair. I try and go every year (see here for last year's post) and each year it get's bigger and bigger. But before I get to the fair I had to share this stunning tree with you in Spitalfields Market. The colours were just breath taking and I think it's my favourite autumnal image this year, if not ever!
 Also the streets around Brick Lane where Renegade was taking place is just full of graffitti. Here are a few favourites:
 Right back to Renegade. This year was amazing as I knew so many people taking part. I went with my good friend Sophie who had to put up with me saying hello to lots of people and taking photos - not a good combination. Above is my fellow Brixtonite Hairy Jayne who isn't hairy but sells hair products with her hubby, who is hairy....
 Next up is the Gloucestershire possie - here is Floss and Mischief and her wonderful cross stitch kits 
And next to her the total inspirational Ampersands and Commodities aka Bex who also runs By the Yard which I visited back in July who doesn't realise quite how amazing she is!! 
 Next up is Terri Leahy  and her quirky toys
 I am Acrylic always puts on a fun display
 Mr Wingate who was a little sleep as he's just come back from a trip to Japan (the jammy bugger!) 
 Pygmy Cloud who's work always makes me smile (and is great to photograph!) 

 Another inspirational person Ladybird Likes who goes from strength to strength every time I see here! 
I love Jill 's work - I first spotted her at the Urban Art Fair a couple of years ago and she is now also a Crafty Fox regular
 And last (but not least) Birds in Hats 

There were many, many more makers at the fair that I knew but failed to take photos of. It's great to know so many creative people doing so well. I sometimes wish I was a bit more disciplined with my making and was able to set up a business. But on the other hand my making is so diverse I don't think I could ever define a brand. So I will continue with my photography (which has given me so many different experiences) as well as embroidery, dress making, card making, cross stitch and crochet. Which on reflection is quite a lot on top of  a full time job!! 

A whole new world

Last post from Cumbria and I wanted to share with you a new discovery for me. Lichen. Yes lichen! Now I've seen lichen before but I don't think I've ever quite noticed it looking quite so alien yet beautiful before! Perhaps it was because I was able to use the macro lens to capture this delicate, understated beauty that I was able to appreciate more. What do you think?


Lakes highlights

So as mentioned in my previous post I recently went up to see my folks in Cumbria. I must admit that this was at the start of the month but I came down with a virus whilst on holiday and have only recently started to feel better. After mum and I had visited the South Lakes Safari Zoo she was the first person to come down with the bug so the following day dad and I went for a short drive over to Coniston as it was such a gorgeous day.
 We then drove over to Tarn Hows which is a favourite walk as the views are stunning but also it's quite a gentle walk for my dad who can't walk  that far as he has severe problems with his back.

 The colours were stunning and was really nice to spend some time with just my dad. One of the highlights, apart from the colours, was this robin which was more than happy to pose for photos. Unfortunately we didn't have anything for it to eat but it was magical to be so close to a wild bird.

Unexpected treats in the Lake District

Recently I went to visit the folks back home in good old Cumbria and Mum suggested we went to the Zoo. Yes reader you read that correct, zoo. The South Lakes Safari Zoo has been open for at least 18 years (my niece was a regular visitor when she was a toddler and she is now 18) but I've never actually been. I'm ashamed to say that I thought it might be a little lame but how wrong I was! It was incredible. We turned up on a crisp autumn morning to hear an amazing cacophony  of gibbons calling. The noise was incredible and made even more exotic as we were in the wrong part of the park to actually see them! So we wandered about getting up close and personal with a huge array of animals. Here is what we saw though apologies in advance that I don't know the names of them all....
Cranes and flamingos - such a great combination but they were keeping warm indoors. 

 Feeding time in the giraffe house was a high light. I have never seen so many giraffes before, at least 9 - you're pushed to see more than 3 at London Zoo
Looking up at one of the giraffes
This was the newest addition
 And Lemurs are a personal favourite. Here they are sun bathing out in the open - you had to make you way past them on foot. Talk about up close and personal. 
 Though all I could think was the song from Madagascar 'I like to move it move it'..... 
All wasn't calm and lovely however as these pheasants were clearly being territorial with each other. 
This, believe it or not, is a baby.... A baby what I have no idea but bless, it looked so old!! 
Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys - just loved them!

This monkey was making such an incredible noise. Mum and I thought at first it must be the lion, but no, it was this guy. Very odd. 
When I was little we used to see parrots flying about loose near Dalton, this was years before the zoo opened however parrots still fly out and about. 
But you could also get up close and personal to some macaws in one of the averies. Just look at the detail on the feathers
 And he was happy for a close up as well.   
This cockatoo also followed me around the whole Avery 
Finally this little fella also seemed to want to pose for his picture. No idea what sort of bird it is but it was certainly very cute. 

So there we have it. A very special place in the South Lakes. Can highly recommend for everyone of all age if you are up in the Lakes