Wednesday, 9 August 2017



ever feel like you are parallel parked in an alternative universe?????

comment below if Disqus is not your (cup of) G&T....

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Friday, 2 June 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

WOYWW Comments

to see the desk and get more details click here

Brittany Retreat for WOYWWers

this is where you can be part of the WOYWW weekend Brittany Retreat:

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

woyww comments

Collage in my journal, love this colour palette...
For those that comment here  - an additional monologue:

I was directly and indirectly affected by IRA terrorism, it profoundly and separately affected the young lives of myself and my husband - we are forever changed: those hurt by the events in Manchester need to survive and not become living victims of horror, it's very very difficult to adjust but it is possible, we just have to work hard to find beauty in despair...all those that have helped provide immediate succour - they are wonderful- but it's when you wake in a cold sweat 30 years later and the horror is still fresh that you realise terrorism really does work no matter what anyone else says...the knack is not to be afraid of the terror = let it come let it pass....  Once you find peace in the face of horror you can continue to live to the full accepting the good and the bad in this world.  Try to make a difference everyday by giving love to strangers as well as your beloved and try to bring kindness to all...don't wait for a bomb to show your humanity. Don't let horror make you a ghost.

Back to my desk? -

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

comments for woyww....

Print this list and fill it in...

Be grateful....
Be ecstatic...

Me?  I'm Glad I have a flushing loo...despite the fact it is free standing in one of our waiting to be renovated barns - a loo totally missing it's room...BUT.... Never again do we have to empty the camping poo loo...

Desk comments here  - back to the desk  click HERE 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

woywww may be you came to comment?

the desk is over at, this is a place for comment and a bonus photo...
random tour de france image from 2015 - I just love her smile...

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

We have a sub floor ( WoYWW supplementary blog)

yay a (relatively) level sub floor upon which we can now walk, however it is far from dry...but it is progress.....

if you are interested we post our renovation updates to our Facebook page

Woyww comments below in lieu of disqus on my website...

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

woyww? a playmate

Liz arrived and we now have a panorama of desks of things being done, unmade beds, and detritus....

Wednesday, 22 March 2017



superb window dressing...à Pontivy today..

leave a comment here if you can't get to grips with Disqus... and for H - here is Le Bob...

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017


supplementary blog stuff for those that come here to comment because Disqus just doesn't float their boat:

this is the sunrise at the end of our drive:

Back to the desk HERE

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

woyww comments

supplementary blog spot and leave your comment below if my web page disqus box causes you problems:

This is my neighbour this morning - curiosity the cow...

to go to the desk and the main blog CLICK HERE

Friday, 24 February 2017

as promised

video is here:

or click here

comments welcome on the website or here on blogspot...

and just so you know - I love watercolours more than Cake, yes 'tis true, and this is why -

a portrait I did in life class...that has to be better than cake right?

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

woyww - comments

Hi there - comments below if you wish, and for this weeks supplementary:  A thing I drew years ago as mail art for the Collabor-art group - It was released as a stamp by Jennie at the Artistic Stamper...

I use the stamp loads, often masking off the words...or just using the face...

back to the blog proper click HERE

Friday, 17 February 2017

Springtime Signs

CLICK HERE for todays blog, and here is a random LiLi dog photo

comments welcome below ...

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

woyww? and a supplimentary

Supplementary blah blah blahs:

this time last year we didn't have a roof, now I have a desk and everything... after 6 months without, the best thing was getting a water supply, after that when Mr G put in the temporary boiler and indoor shower - Yeah Mamma -  I still do not take that hot morning shower for granted, nor the potable water that flows from our tap...

My desk which can be found HERE and has upon it the boxes that the crochets came in - roofing crochets hold on the slates and give french slated roofs their distinctive pattern, as opposed to english roofs that use roof nails.....

We are doing all the renovations ourselves so it is taking longer than we thought, however, I take enormous pride in our achievements so far...

If you can here to comment - please do so below ....

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Monday, 13 February 2017

Art Journal - a love letter

Two double page spreads from a wanderlust class prompt to write a love letter, details can be found at

comments can be left here if you prefer.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WOYWW - it's certainly different...

for the desk click here.

Just an observation:   I have a rule I follow that I won't start doing what I want to do before the housework is done.  

I like things clean and tidy even though we don't yet live in a conventional building, but I actually detest repetitive tasks, so housework is a real problem for me.

However, the vile tasks seem to get done very efficiently when I have my desk and more attractive work on offer, so I guess having my art space in the same building and in sight of the living space kind of works for me.

Because each stage of our renovations take a long time, it allows that breathing space to really reflect upon what our spaces are used for and how we want them to merge together or be physically very separated.  I am certainly now a huge fan of huge, one floor open place spaces - except when we have guests!  

I suspect everything after the barn living space is going to feel small...

If you find leaving a comment here is preferable to using the disqus comment box on my web site feel free to do so...

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Monday, 6 February 2017

It's a gift...

for details and story -   click HERE

You might want to check out Sue Spargo - who inspired this work.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Journal page PDF - Socks and Chores

Here is a page I have been adding to a little every day, and a PDF to show you how I did it, the PDF is covered by a creative commons attribution license which means you can copy and share my work but you must attribute it to me, and you must not get any financial gain from  using my work.

How I did it pdf:

And the chore lady - is free download from enchanted factory...

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Monday, 30 January 2017

An invitation


1. General: Cooperative arrangement in which two or more parties (which may or may not have any previous relationship) work jointly towards a common goal.

2. Knowledge management (KM): Effective method of transferring 'know how' among individuals, therefore critical to creating and sustaining a competitive advantage. Collaboration is a key tenet of KM.

3. Negotiations: Conflict resolution strategy that uses both assertiveness and cooperation to seek solutions advantageous to all parties. It succeeds usually where the participants' goals are compatible, and the interaction among them is important in attaining those goals.
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Do you want to be part of something bigger than your self?


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Body of work

I'm not one for hanging on to the past, I do like dreaming of futures yet to arrive...

I have arrived at one of my dreams - and am building a dream as we speak.  Most people hire in workers.  Not us:   me and Mr G are doing it all ourselves with help from friends when four hands are not enough...

This will eventually be a luxury holiday cottage.

It took us seven years to plan our dream and we are two years into the renovations.

We didn't have water when we arrived, so you can imagine it has taken the two year to reach a point when I could come back to my art and communicate it with the wider world though the web.

When we left the UK I cut up the credit cards - and cancelled them.

I had no regrets except at that time only took credit cards.  So I 'lost' my website blog and art archive...

Imagine my delight when yesterday I managed to use debit cards to buy back my domain and re subscribe to squarespace.

So, in the interests of giving you access to my historical body of work, and FREE tutorials (although I think there is more entertainment and less education) here is where I will be blogging from now on:

 Here are my dreams:

1. Keep on renovating so we can be inside a house next winter
2. Get the two holiday cottages up and running
3. Get the arts and crafts studios established
4.  Build the extension

It is our intention to provide autumn winter and spring 4 day all inclusive art retreats, a time of reflection and inspiration for anyone of any ability.  When you rent the cottage you get full access to my daily art studio sessions and the opportunity to develop your abilities.

For now it's all just being made/built/created...but it means you can start saving now so that when I'm ready to meet you as a guest you can pop over and spend time making stuff....

Summer will be just self catering weekly/fortnightly rentals as I will mostly be out painting in the sunshine or going to festivals or buying at the troc n puce/vide grenier street markets....whilst Mr G holds the fort!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WOYWW? - chaos

When I looked at the images I felt I should try to explain (justify?) the chaos...

My actual workspace is not too bad:

I'm applique/embroidering a cushion for my neighbour for her birthday.

Only the thing is that is NOT my desk... it's a coffee table, I could tell you I am working there because I live in an unconverted barn whilst restoring our breton ruins into habitable homes

It looks pretty here but there are actually no doors windows , the ones you can see fall out if you breathe on them...We have also replaced the roof (and a few A frames).....I hanker for a floor ....

I could also tell you, because we are on dirt floors and single thickness sparsely mortared walls, I need to work in close proximity to our wood burner.

If those were my claims I would be lying, the coffee table is todays workspace quite simply because, in getting out what I needed to make the cushion (fabric floss buttons etc), I totally trashed all the other workspaces

...and I couldn't just put away one set of stuff to get out the other because on Friday I will be wanderlusting  then returning to the sewing...

My main problem today is:

where to put my coffee...



it's a wonder I manage to produce anything eh?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

politics and poppies and a coca cola advert....

So it's wanderlust art journaling week 3, this week our tutor painted flowers using ink and paintbrush to draw, then colour in, then repurposing a printed photo image of the original in two additional pages.  Most enjoyable, especially since I have never before considered using this style of painting in my journals.

Page one:

The quote is from one of my many art journalling reference books, and it struck a chord.  'Home is not where you live it is where they understand you'.  Despite being a migrant I am home and my adoptive country understands me and has made me welcome.

I thought a lot about 'where I belong' whilst doing these two pages,  hence my second page with my Winston Churchill quote.  It's a quote that makes me cry every time I read it these days....

The third page I decided to be a bit more personal and the story is just a few words about me...

 and then bizarrely I have this song stuck in my head - 'I'd like to teach the world to sing...'