Just about bordering on odd, I see things through different eyes.The heading says it all - I live, I love, I craft, I am me...


When in reality ... what I SHOULD be doing is .....

With lists whirling around in my head 
(To-do-list/Must-not-FORGET-list/Jobs-to-complete-list/ must-sort-out-the-garden-and-plant 
the-perennials-out-list, )
 and that uncertain feeling of 
'is there something very important that I have forgotten that I must 'to-do'?' 

We set off for a walk yesterday afternoon. 
I have to be honest in saying I really did not want to go - 
I wanted to work through at least some of those niggling lists 
even if it was only tinkering in the garden planting out a few large seedlings 
while the soil is still reasonably warm.
Which in itself is a form of procrastination.

However, it was worth it.
 I did feel a lot better afterwards and I think that we all benefited from a bit of fresh autumnal air. 
The lists had to wait, 
they wait still, 
but their turn will come.

#staywild #walk #autumn


October already!

Not sure how the weather is in the southern hemisphere but here in Lancashire it is a little on the wet autumnal side with peach grey clouds flying across a thin blue sky.  I thought I would quickly pop in and say hello and introduce you to the latest list of words. Have fun and remember that it could be a current photo or one from your archives, try to think out of the box and we'll post out pictures and share our stories from Friday the 27th October.

  1. Making ...
  2. Empty
  3. Starts with a .....F
  4. Paper
  5. Neat
  6. Street
  7. Kettle
  8. Unexpected
  9. Vase
  10. My own choice

I might be a little quiet on the blogging front as it is leading up to the TAM - Trawden Artist & Makers Open Studio event and it could get a little busy. But I promise to pop in and say hi and if I have anything interesting to waffle about and share - I will do xxxx
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A quick snap of part of our taster expo being held in Colne Library (our nearest town) as part of our event - Not all the art work had arrived when I took this photo, more has been added since.

#art #openstudios #TAM


Soup-erlicious delicious :)

Firstly thank you so much for joining in with September's Scavenger Hunt - what a lovely lot of photos and stories, once again you have done me proud :) Thank you too to those who take the time to read and comment on all our posts, it certainly makes for a happy blogger!

On Sunday a precious friend spent the day with us.  She brought a most delicious home made soda bread to share with a soup I'd made.

The soup is a recipe that we all love and have regularly and seeing how the weather is today, thought I would share the recipe with you. Like everything in my life there is a back story to it, which I will share at the end of the post.

Butternut and red Lentil Soup

Oil - 1 teaspoon
Onion - 1 medium, peeled and chopped
Carrots - 2 medium, peeled and chopped 
Butternut - 250gms, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Red pepper - deseeded and chopped
Water - boiling, enough to cover your cooking vegetables
Stock cube - 1
Red lentils - 100 gms, rinsed
Seasonings (more on that later)

Gently fry the onions until transparent (and your eyes have stopped watering)
Add the chopped carrots and...
the peeled and chopped butternut
to the onions.
Stir well to coat all the veg with the oil.
Add the chopped pepper, stir well
Crumble in the stock cube
Pour on the freshly boiled water
and stir. You will need to add more once the lentils have been added.
Stir in the rinsed lentils, and if necessary, add additional water to cover.
Season to taste.
I chucked in the usual salt and pepper,
but also added curry powder,
paprika and mustard seeds - as we like hint of heat in our soups. 
Simmer for about 30 minutes - or when all the veg is soft. 
Zimmzimmzimm with a liquidiser,
return to a gentle heat and check seasoning.
Enjoy with crusty bread, soda bread or in this case naan bread.

Nom nom!

...And the back story?

Well, said friend and ourselves have both been to (during different holidays) the Isle of Skye Baking Co, Portree and loved the wholesome filling foods. When I knew she was coming to lunch (with her photos of her recent Skye holiday) it seemed fitting to have a soup we'd first eaten there!

Right, I've got things to do, coffee to drink and paintings to finish! Speak soon xxxx