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Theme book - Part 2 - Explorations of Dovedale and Derbyshire

Further to my first blog on my theme book I was able to explore some ideas with raw edge applique in Part 3 (Project 4, Stage 3) using this mixed media painting – it was based on a photograph I took in a nearby country park (Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire). 1,470 more words

Sketchbook Work

I think this walk is a classic! This is the one that me and my partner always go to when we want to get out into the fresh air, it’s ridiculously popular at certain points of the year and almost everyone I know in Derbyshire has done it. 347 more words


Stepping Stones of Dovedale

The River Dove runs through the heart of the Peak District supplying some beautiful scenery and chances for adventure. After eventually finding the well signposted car park (my direction skills aren’t to useful) we pay the attendant £3 and get on our way. 339 more words


My trip to the Peaks

This weekend I had a lovely and long overdue holiday with my mum.

We drove to Ilam hall, had a delicious lunch of local delicacies such as oat cakes and then headed off with our map, and probably not enough water, on a walk up towards… 689 more words

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Theme book - Part 1 - Explorations of Dovedale and Derbyshire

I have been thinking a huge amount about my theme book and have had 3 ideas – the first two include one based on the work of a photographer I hugely admire in Alaska and the other based on the idea of Wabi Sabi (beauty in decay based on decaying flowers).   2,484 more words



One of the pleasures of coming to the Dovedale Literary Festival is the pleasure of being in Dovedale itself:  the view across the valley of the River Dove over the hill from Cheadle with clouds settling in the valley;  the walk over the fields to Ilam in the morning;  walking up Dovedale;  and looking across the valley to Hazelton Clump:-


We went on a morning walk up Dovedale, punctuated by talks about the trees by Thomas Pakenham, the great tree expert.   We began with the ash and the alder and a description of the difference between natives and invaders post-1500.   44 more words