All in a day

English weather is unpredictable but it makes life interesting! These photos of Westminster in London were taken within 24hrs.

I do think they have to renovate the Houses of Parliament despite the cost, it is such a part of our history as well as a monumental building and tourist attraction. 

London trip 

Had a great couple of days away last week in London.

Loved the new viewing gallery at Tate modern which gives fabulous views. The Georgia Okeefe exhibition is definitely worth a look too.

Went on one of the commuter boats for the first time. Great to see the river being used and such a wonderful way to travel. Of course the sunny weather helped but the seats are under cover.

The skyline has changed dramatically since I lived there and it is magical at night.

Now I must get back to work, lots to do with just over 2 months til Christmas! If you’re in need of inspiration for presents I’m taking part in an Instagram gift challenge this month. Look for the hash tag #igxmasgiftchallenge

Home grown tomatoes 

I love tomatoes and have grown my own for a few years now. They love the utility room, so it doubles as a greenhouse in the summer and in fact last winter, see January blog post! 

They are ripening nicely now but I don’t think this hanging variety is as tasty as gardeners delight, which aren’t quite ripe yet. The tomato plant below is a new one, sadly a late frost eventually killed off last years.

Do you have a favourite tomato? 

Must have lunch now with tomatoes of course! I’ve bowls and wine glasses to paint this afternoon.

New Plastic Shed

Finally my new shed/workshop is complete. Delivery was 10 days late and it took a while to put up, partly because the chaps did not follow the instructions!

Lifetime shed

I’m very pleased with it. It’s strong and won’t rot, as long as things are put up in the right order it all fits well. Now I have a great place to paint in on summer days and not worry about making a mess 🙂

Waterfall construction

I’m getting a new shed as my existing one leaks, it will also double up as work space in the summer too with double doors opening to the garden.
However my very full water butt has to be emptied first to move it!


Not wanting to have water pouring over the patio I made this waterfall set up to divert it to the drain. I’m pleased it’s working brilliantly, constructed from old guttering off the shed.


Can’t wait for my new shed now 🙂

Cats Viewing places


This is my cat’s favourite spot. She spends hours looking through the gap in the blinds, mind you it’s above a radiator too! Her other resting place is the conservatory, a more interesting view to the garden. I’d love to know what she’s watching.

Seeing lots of cats gazing through windows inspired my painting below, now on various products. Where does your cat like to watch the world?

Black cat bird watching

Black cat bird watching coaster

Cat Art Black Cat bird watching" Duck Canvas Bag




New Animal Coasters

Hope you’re all well at this busy time of year. I needed to replenish my coasters as many had sold out and created some new designs too (so pleased they are still proving popular!) Which is your favourite? – zebras, multicoloured giraffe, corgi dog peeping round a tree, Autumn tree owl or abstract butterfly heather and gorse.

I’ve already sold one :). They can be bought on my Website or in Spangles shop, Exeter Quay.

Talking of Spangles, my latest bargain find was a glass shelved white display unit. I found it in the Hospice care charity shop and it’s ideal for showing off my glassware. Needs a new coat of paint but not urgently, a job for January!