It's not just that I like to crochet, I just can't stop doing it! I've written one book and contributed to a couple of others. If there are any publishers out there looking for an author for a brand new crochet book, look no further...
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I work in a wide range of media, including papier maché, crochet and knitting, embroidery and collage. This is just a small selection of work...
People often ask me what I use on my hair, as purple and pink are obviously not my natural colours. So it's time to share my secret: it's called Stargazer and it's available in a whole rainbow of colours. I usually use Plume on top and Magenta at the sides and sometimes a tiny touch of Turquoise Blue right at the front. It's not expensive, it's easy to apply and, as my hair is naturally curly, the whole effect is very low-maintenance.
My New Year's resolution was to make contact with old friends. Losing touch is, I suppose, inevitable sometimes and I am aware that I'm not very good at maintaining current friendships let alone those that have lapsed. A friend and neighbour died a couple of weeks ago and I decided to get in touch with my friend Gemma, in Ireland, who used to live next door. I dialled her number and she picked up the phone and we started talking; and I thought to myself, 'If it's this easy why haven't I done it before?'
The resolution was made in January; February is nearly over and I have written very few letters so far but I know I shall. So, if you are the recipient of one of these letters and you have found your way to this page, you should know that I have deliberately chosen the picture above, of me and my two daughters, because of the soft-focus, so I can disguise the effects of the passing years.
It has become a family tradition to visit a stately home over the Easter weekend and pack a gourmet picnic. My mum and dad drive up from Hastings, we drive down from London and we meet somewhere in the middle. This year, on Good Friday, in was at Hever Castle. It poured with rain but the day was certainly not a washout. We picnicked under an enormous tree and, from our nice, dry haven, feasting on chicken and sausages, sandwiches, home-baked bread, raspberries and cream, and, of course, chocolate Easter eggs, watched everyone trudging past with umbrellas and raincoats.
Edith's cat, Peaches, had kittens seven weeks ago. The photo shows them when they were just a few hours old. Now they are running around the house. They all have good homes to go to next week and we have tried not to get too attached to any of them. One of them, however, has decided to become attached to us. Stanley, the last of the six to be born, the biggest of the bunch, and conspicuous by his pale ginger fur, likes to climb up for a cuddle. I am tempted to keep him, I must say, but I don't want to become known as 'that woman up the road with all the cats'...
We spent Boxing Day in Hastings, on the south coast, and awoke the next morning to discover a thick blanket of snow over everything. The kids were anxious to get out in it and throw snowballs but the snow continued to fall, making it quite difficult to venture outside. In a gap between showers, however, my father and I made it down to the fishermen's beach to take some photographs; dad will make his into greetings cards to sell at a local shop, Made in Hastings. I printed a couple of mine and sent them as New Year cards to anyone I had missed off my Christmas card list.
My working life is always pretty frenetic: some days I wear my editor's hat; then I have to switch to my writer's hat, then my artist's hat. The hats themselves are, of course, merely a turn of phrase: though perhaps I should actually buy some real hats and wear the appropriate one to help me get into the role and shield me from the distractions of my other occupations. This week I interviewed heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, subbed copy on travel (winter sports) and finance, filled a few pages of my sketchbook, took a few photographs, bought a book on Aboriginal art, bought some equipment an supplies for my son, who goes off to university on Monday, framed two watercolours and hung them, and set up a still life which I am about to start painting, and signed up for Portuguese lessons and life drawing sessions.
I also lost my temper (a bit) with the television (which has broken) and my computer (which doesn't obey me when I try to scan in pictures to put on this web page); and went to see the film, Cinderella Man, starring Russel Crowe and Renée Zelwegger, which I really enjoyed and thoroughly recommend.
I have just sent out invitations to family and friends for a party to celebrate my impending 5oth birthday.
I was reluctant to throw a party for myself but the date of the party is actually my daughter's 16th birthday (the day before my own) and on the day after my birthday, my son starts university – so we are having a triple celebration.
I usually become quite depressed in the days leading up to my birthday; because this birthday is a significant one, I anticipate that I shall be more morose than usual. 50 years is a big milestone. Needless to say, I don't feel – or necessarily act – my age.For example, is it right for a woman of 50 to have purple hair? Or to have a crush on Jack Black (pictured, right)?
My son, Josh bought a car on Monday. During August he got his A Level results, all passes, the result of the retake of his Maths GCSE, also a pass, and passed his driving test. He is off to university in two weeks.
The car is a Fiat Cinquecento – though, as he has been so purposeful in attaining his driving licence and his first set of wheels, I prefer to think of it as a Fiat Accompli.
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