Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sea marbles

I enjoyed making these felt 'sea marbles''s hoping for a sunny morning to take them down the beach and photograph them on the strand line.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Hesket Newmarket hand-coloured lino cut.

...and following my post on the 9th November - here's the colored version now that the ink has dried.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Cumberland foxhounds on Binsey

We'd driven through Ireby this morning as the hunt congregated outside the Black Lion for bacon butties and a drink. I had hoped to take some decent photos, but the square was rammed with cars and there were lots of cones, tape and signs due to the current 'pavement works' - hardly photogenic! We then decided to go for a walk up Binsey and as luck would have it the hunt came past - Rocky was most intrigued!

Binsey - such good views from such a little walk!

We are so lucky to live within 15 minutes drive of Binsey - the views, on such a gorgeous morning, were stunning and Rocky loved it!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Hesket Newmarket lino cut.

Hesket is a really difficult village to get into one picture - I decided the pub and the buttermarket had to be in to define the character of the village - but there are a lot of houses in between and some at right angles to the road. The houses at a right angle to the road were left out as you couldn't see them but we got everything else in..... The bottom of the picture is the grass of the green. Now I just need to wait for the prints to dry before hand colouring them!

I will probably do a couple of extra scenes - a closer view of The Old Crown pub with Denton House to the left and also the corner at the top of the village with the post office and the back road to Caldbeck.

Even the panoramic view on the camera can't get it in! 

The planning and the printing....
The print ...waiting to dry before hand colouring...

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Glittery cones....

Having found and collected the cones - which believe me are heavy (ask my poor husband who had the rucksack!); dried them in the bottom oven of the Aga so they open up; removed the seeds; cooled them; removed more seeds and then painted and glittered them..........but they're worth it! Lots more to go though for the Christmas fares!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Robin textile cards ....

...and back to Christmas cards....this time robins.

The seven day black and white challenge...

I really enjoyed the facebook 7 day challenge of 7 black and white photographs with no people and no explanation. Wish I'd had more time to think about and find subjects, but I enjoyed what I did....most were taken for the challenge and hence the majority were on the daily dog walk!

Dog walks.....

Summer on Orkney.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Large textile trees...

Following on from last year's smaller trees, here are some larger trees - drift wood off the beach for the trunks. Inevitably it was a breezy day when I wanted to photograph them outside!

Drilling holes in the wood, so the ribbons can be threaded through them, so that the trunks don't fall or can't be pulled out; cutting triangles and lace to fit and the final product. 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Percy Kelly Retrospective - Line of Beauty.

Rarely have I been so inspired and so engaged by an exhibition of artwork ...and for it to be in Carlisle at Tullie House Museum and Art gallery was such a treat. I can not recommend the exhibition more highly. Curated by Chris Wadsworth it gives just the right amount of 'interpretation' and the chronological layout, with artefacts, gives a real insight into Kelly's life. I loved the quote in a letter - 'you are not only a talent but a genius... and for that I will never forgive you '...paraphrased I'm afraid. Apologies for lacks of credits for photos - the use of line and tone is inspirational. I just love the fact that it was all places we know and love too - St Davids, Parton, Whitehaven, Zennor .....Congratulations to all involved!

The final excursion ...south Pembrokeshire

Manorbier Beach- sedimentary features and trace fossil.
Top: large arthropod burrow (Beaconites) shown as a gap in the cross lamination of the Old Red Sandstone.
Bottom: mud cracks shown in the sandstone in green due to reduced iron within the red oxidised iron contained in sandstone. Also seen was paleosol, good examples of cross-lamination formed by the migration of ripples and concretions.

Freshwater East.
Left: clear bedding in the Gray Sandstone Group (underlying the Old Red Sandstone). Layers of alternating bands of a fine grained sandstone with clear parallel lamination and finer grained mudstone that is fractured. Some dark fossiliferous material containing Tentaculites.

Saundersfoot- Folding in coal measures (mudstone and sandstone)
Left: syncline and examples of beds sliding over each other.
Right: Lady's Cave anticline. A good example of an anticline with fracture cleavage and as a result has been more heavily eroded at the hinge , hence creating a cave like structure

Saundersfoot- Part of the Pembrokeshire coal field.
Right: the coal seem with fossiliferous horizons and iron stone nodules either side. We found lots of fossils, mainly roots and plant matter including horsetail cross sections and some small leaf fragments

Friday, 3 November 2017

Castle Martin and surrounds - a geological excursion.

 More from Tom's recent field trip....

Castle Martin
Top: The Green Bridge carboniferous limestone arch formed by erosion due to 3 distinct layers of limestone.
Bottom left: another archway formed in the limestone near to The Cauldron.
Bottom right: Elegug Stacks

Left top: Quay Cove trace fossils of soft-bodied worms in Carboniferous Limestone
Left bottom: Quay Cove tension gashes due to deformation.
Right: West Angle Bay parasitic folds.
Skrinkle Haven - Church Doors Cove.
Top left: fossils (mainly crinoids). The fossils at this locality are mainly broken into fragments, which is interpreted as the fossils having been transported to the site during storms, hence creating storm beds.
Bottom left: an example of storm bedding- the abrupt change between mudstone and limestone can be seen to the left of each paler limestone bed. To the right there is graded bedding as the limestone and mudstone merge together. This shows the storm sediments abruptly forming and then settling towards the end when the storm eventually diminishes. This sedimentary feature can be then used to determine 'way up' and which rocks are younger and hence laid last.
 Right: A cross section through the bedding and wave ripples. The ripples seen are symmetrical and hence are due to wave action instead of river flow that creates asymmetrical ripples. This is another feature that helps determine 'way up'.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

North Cumbrian lanes ...

...and finally some sun (well ...light) on the morning's dog walk!

Stackpole - a geological exploration

With Tom down at Swansea Uni doing Earth Sciences it's good to be able to take part in field trips - albeit remotely!

Top: Stackpole Quay middle cove (north side)
 Bottom: further north along the coast.

Fossils at Stackpole Quay (Middle Cove) from the Lower Carboniferous

 Top left: geopetal structure (fossil spirit level) When cavities fill with some sediment material, calcite minerals form in the cavity above the sediment and as the sediment should start horizontally the line between the calcite mineral and the rock should represent 180 degrees when the sediment was laid.
Bottom left : colonial coral fossil.
Top right : Cross section through a gastropod shell fossil.
Bottom right:  gastropod shell. Also present were brachiopods and crinoids.
Left: Syncline Stack at Stackpole Quay- carboniferous limestone with some vertical fractures showing offset strata and fracture cleavage fanning away from the fold hinge.
Right: making a field sketch and measurements of dip and strike with a compass clinometer.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Mini paintings - across to Criffel

It's getting too close to the Christmas fare season! ....time to crack on ....tonight's mini paintings 7cm x 7cm with a palette knife.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Mawbray in the sun..........

Well, after a week away, it was nice that it was sunny for a walk out on the beach.......Rocky certainly seemed to enjoy it after being cooped up in the car yesterday.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Aberystwyth...old haunts.

Since the route home from St David's was via Aberystwyth it'd have been a shame not to stop. The town is much expanded since I was there at uni ...rather a few years ago - but the pier and prom haven't changed much!

Friday, 27 October 2017

Pembrokeshire coastal sketches

Although t was gloriously warm today ...and to some extent yesterday - it's still chilly if the sun goes in at all. Well worth carrying the paints though and taking the risk. Apologies for the poor lighting and therefore photographs!

Wooltack point yesterday 

Towards Strumble head today.

Pembrokeshire choughs.

It has been an absolute delight to be accompanied by these fabulous birds on the majority of our coastal walks. 44% of the British population are in Pembrokeshire, that's 55 breeding pairs.(  The collective noun is a clatter of choughs.

Strumble Head - round walk.

What a splendid day and walk! Parked up at the lighthouse, then west on the coastal footpath to Penbwchdy headland. Glorious views all the way. Then back a bit to the YHA and up onto Garn Fawr before returning via the lanes to the car.

Fantastic views all round...

Grey seals; peacock and red admiral; devil's coach-horse and pillow lavas.

Lots of glorious choughs.....

...and a tired Rocky! 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

By-the-wind sailors at Marloes sands.

No Portuguese men o'war today, but fresh by-the-wind sailors washed up ...


Rocks and fossils at Marloes sands.

After walking round Wooltack point we went down onto Marloes sands ...the geology is really interesting and it's good for fossils too....although there weren't too many spectacular fossils, so I kind of got distracted by the lovely colours and patterns in the rocks!

Cliff top view over Marloes sands.

Easily identifiable geology from

Fossil ripple marks - vertical on the cliff face.

Fossils: left solitary corals; middle bottom - crinoids? and then top right possibly a small section of cephalopod.

Lovely colours in the rocks.

The impact of the storms on grey seals ....Wooltack Point...

We parked up at the carpark just beyond Marloes Court and then headed north onto the muddy coastal path. Out onto Wooltack point, but before that, down to Martin's Haven where there was a TV crew discussing the impact of the tail end of hurricane Ophelia and the force of storm Brian on the grey seals. There were a couple on the beach ....having walked the coastal footpath for the last five days I fear some of the proposed figures for pup mortality may be underestimates.

Seals at Renny slip - not many pups though.

A superb coastline - we enjoyed watching porpoises/dolphins off the end of the point. 
Across to St Davids headland. There were lots of ships in the bay - apparently ( according to the coastguard, who was waiting for the helicopter to take off a skipper with a multiple fracture) waiting to get into their allotted slot  into Milford Haven.