Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Last summer holiday said 15 year old brought home all the components parts for his art doll that he'd been working on at school.  He simply had to assemble the same, he worked solidly to get it completed.

I was so impressed with his work ethic that I took photos of him as he proceeded with the task from the beginnings, to the in the middle to the finished doll.  I love the funky hair and the couched face! 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016


This layout still makes me smile.  We were on our way up to the entrance to Alnwick Castle and hubby stood on the Hagrid hill (see earlier post for reference to this), we were having a strange conversation when we realised hubby was trying to take a photo - only me and my sister noticed and as you can see - her surprised expression was as a result of her saying "Hi ya" - hence the title! 

Monday, 22 August 2016


Morning one and all, a 12 x 12 layout from me, showing said 15 year old and niece constructing Viking style flat pack furniture at Bamburgh Castle last year! 

We had a great day - much fun, great views, lovely castles and fabulous photo opportunities for scrapbooking! 

Sunday, 21 August 2016


I've recently completed scrapping the photos we took at Harry Potter world, the final pictures are that of the Hogwards model itself and lended itself to some purple papers.  I had some that I'd created on my gelli plate which came in rather handy when it came to completing the pictures. 

I even coloured in some of the raised purple circles on the border

Saturday, 20 August 2016


Alnwick Gardens have these fabulous fairy tale sculptures dotted around the garden and you all know how much I love a good sculpture.  We managed to get most of them photograph, but I particularly loved the Frog overlooking the water and the glass slipper on the pumpkin!

Friday, 19 August 2016


Good Morning one and all 

Tis Friday 


Well the week has galloped along at a merry old pace, a few of you may remember the crazy front garden that was causing much grief on back! 

Well this is how it started only two Fridays ago.  Said 15 year old and I pledged to get it sorted during the 6 week holiday and hubby was happy to lend a hand.  

Therefore after making some headway on the bottom tier last weekend, hubby decided to take an afternoon off to (as he put it) 'crack on and make a dent in the task' so I came home on Monday to find a lot of the structure in place and hubby hobbling with a dodgy back.

Regardless of the dodgy back, when he arrived home on Tuesday to find said 15 year old had 'finished' two more of the tiers, he set to putting the final components of railway sleeper in and said 15 year old worked on it on Wednesday digging out the last area. 

Wednesday afternoon we dived down to the local garden centre, grabbed 3 more bags of compost and 9 bags of slate and a few plants (and a lot of pennies less), we had the final elements to finish the garden off. 

And here we have the finished garden

I cannot begin to tell you how much work went into this, or how hard it was on the back or how hard hubby worked with a dodgy back or how much of the heavy graft said 15 year old did! 

But after a lot of hours work, this is the finished result.  No more grass to mow, an area that could take a bench (and is a real sun trap), some spring bulbs planted and some alpines as the banking is quite dry.  And the top border to disguise some bins across the way, which will take a little time to establish but I'm hoping they will do the trick! 

And yes before you ask there was quite a lot of pennies spent sorting this, but my attitude was once, it is done, it is done and we won't have to do it again! 

We did manage a family trip out to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) last weekend for a picnic with some extended family.

And the weather was lovely for us! 

The Kaws outdoor sculptures are still in situ so couldn't resist getting another shot of this! 

And the Not Vital blooms reflecting me and said 15 year old taking the photo

Inside the main centre there is a joint exhibition between a few artists including Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld.  I knew Mark Hearld was a favourite of my friend Carmen who did her final project at college recently using him as inspiration and I promised to photograph a few of his pieces. 

This one was taken to show the actual size of the work.  Most of his work is this size if I'm honest.  He uses lithograph and collage for his work and it really is stunning and his work usually includes creatures or birds. 

I loved this collage piece of a hooded crow. 

And one of his lithographic pieces.

And his collage work - which I hadn't seen up close before. 

We had a fabulous afternoon, it was a shame the numbers were fewer than we were hoping, but we had good fun regardless. 

The rest of the week has been garden, garden and garden but we've managed to enjoy watching some of the medals being won in Rio (I love the summary programmes if I'm honest).  

I've been watching Celebrity Big Brother which I've really enjoyed an hour of hilarious escapism. 

I've managed to finish a few more elephants but haven't started the next batch and I haven't been near my scrapping table in what feels like months.  I'm hoping the weather we've got forecast this weekend will mean I at least get sat there this weekend at some point. 

I hope you've all had a good week, if you fancy joining in pop a blog post together, mention the rocking posts and come back and link up so we can come and visit! 

Sunday, 14 August 2016


Oh to be beside the seaside today, sigh! 

The beautiful Northumberland coastline of an evening and said 15 year old's company - nothing finer! 

I hope you are making the most of your Sunday!