Sunday, 24 October 2010

In my shed.....

I can shut everything out and sit in a little square (well, it's 4' by 5' actually), keep nice and warm with the heater on, the radio on and just do my pyrography happy with the knowledge that when I leave something unfinished I don't have to clear everything away. In the ideal world I would have a spare room, but my tiny house is an ex holiday chalet. It looks like a tiny bungalow, white washed and cosy inside but no spare room. I won't say there's no room to swing a cat, because I have five!
So after a lovely walk down the old railway track, I spent a couple of hours in here. I'm doing a red squirrel on an acorn-shaped cutting board. It will be sitting in an oak tree eating an acorn when it's finished, and will be available on my Folksy site.
We didn't see any red squirrels today. I have plenty of photos of them, but I decided to use a book for reference as I needed clear details of their paws.

The cats are fascinated with the novelty of a new room to explore, even if it only takes a few minutes. There's always fresh smells to interest them. Here's Whiskers sniffing around the chair, which, incidently, I got from B&Q for £3.99, as it has a slat missing beneath the cushion. I painted it white to match the inside of the shed.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Cotswolds

In February my old fiesta gave up the ghost, and I had to replace it. The car I got is not new, in fact it's a W reg so it's already 10 years old, but it's the newest car I have ever owned and it has opened up my travelling options when I visit my parents in Leicestershire. I have just returned from my second car journey from the Isle of Wight to the Midlands, and decided to stop somewhere in the Cotwolds as my half-way point, and continue the rest of the journey by following the Fosse Way Roman Road which runs right up to Leicester.
The stop I chose on the way there was Burford. It was a Sunday, but really busy! So sunny as well, with the lovely, honey-coloured stone glowing in the sunlight.

On the way home, I decided to visit Stow-On-The-Wold. Again, a lovely, sunny day made all the difference to this busy little town. So many tea rooms, and a great bakery! I paid for a 2 hour car park ticket thinking that would be plenty of time, and only just got back before it expired. I walked round the church on the way back to the car, and there was this amazing door, bordered by two very ancient yew trees.