Hang it all, its almost Summer …..

Hang it all, its almost Summer …..

There is nothing quite like a bit of bunting and an over-exuberance of yarn storming to hasten the arrival of Summer. Ok, it is still technically Spring but we have had a number of days of sunshine and the incessant rain has stopped plus the birds are stomping and chirping like a load of feathery James Brown tribute singers. … Continue reading

How do you grow a grower?

How do you grow a grower?

Just when you think it is safe to live, a new study is published saying that eating a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is not enough; the minimum portions needed to be healthy is now seven.  I love my greens – and reds, oranges, lemons etc but seven seems a lot to pack … Continue reading

Charity begins at home – in the home ….

Charity begins at home – in the home ….

The Poff complained, on one occasion, that it wasn’t fair that he was married to the only woman he had ever met that hated shopping. That isn’t entirely true as I am often tempted into buying a book, although only via the internet and not on the high street, plus I loved buying new pieces of art … Continue reading

Its not the same – thank goodness!

Its not the same – thank goodness!

Last week I joined the Cafe Sketchers in London on one of their visits to the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall to drink tea, eat homemade cake, drink a little more tea and do a little gentle sketching.  In my last Post ‘Too pretty to eat?’ I mentioned the word homogeneous and if it weren’t so difficult … Continue reading

Too pretty to eat?

Too pretty to eat?

Unable to put it off any longer I recently popped into a local supermarket to buy something to eat for the coming week.  I wandered up and down the aisles crammed full of food, a surprising amount on plastic trays double-wrapped in cardboard boxes, all promising amazing taste and health-giving properties.  I had started at the … Continue reading

Stranger than fiction – in a major key

Stranger than fiction – in a major key

My husband, being South African, was asked about a year ago what he thought about the award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man and the music of Sixto Rodriguez.  Not having heard of either and puzzled by the question the next day he searched the Internet in order to listen to a few tracks.  The impact of hearing the … Continue reading

Lights, camera, cable …..

Lights, camera, cable …..

As well as sketching I do love a bit of embroidery and machine stitching.  I can spend hours making marks and patterns with cotton thread, playing with textures and stabbing myself with needles.  So why is it that I have a small mountain of knits and crocheted squares waiting to be sewn up?  Why do I groan … Continue reading

Leeks, or do I mean leaks?

Leeks, or do I mean leaks?

There is nothing quite so uplifting as seeing the first tiny green shoots of the crops poking up from what had been, a day or so previously, brown and rather dull-looking soil.  These are the first signs of life of something that will grow from a tiny seedling to eventually becoming a gorgeous, plumptious vegetable lying on my plate after a … Continue reading

“I wish I could draw …. ” Part 6 Guilt?

“I wish I could draw …. ” Part 6 Guilt?

Last February I wrote a Post partly prompted by a question that interested me; why do so many people say “oh I wish I could draw…” but never or very rarely even pick up a pen to doodle?  Is it perhaps the safest thing to say whilst negotiating around an artist who is busy sketching the entrance to your … Continue reading

Goodbye 2013 and goodbye Molly

Goodbye 2013 and goodbye Molly

Molly joined us in the Summer of 2001; a time before Facebook and WordPress, before William met Kate, before 9/11, before London hosted the Olympic Games and when The Poff had hair and mine was lengthy.  It seems such a long, long time ago. ‘Avice Classy Claudia’ 15 May 2001 to 24 Dec 2013 aka Molly, … Continue reading