Saturday, 16 October 2010

'Will-o'-the-wisp'

Introducing my new fairy painting, 'Will-o-the-wisp', inspired by Doxey marshes in Stafford, which are just behind my house.  As I've told my nieces, if you look hard enough from the window in the attic bedroom over at the marshes, you can sometimes see little fairies carrying balls of light...



Friday, 1 October 2010

Wonderful Hay-on-Wye!


This post isn't about illustration, although it's sort of about books... I want to post some photos of my wonderful weekend my husband and I had to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  We just returned from beautiful Hay-on-Wye in Powys, on the Welsh Marches, a place I visit frequently and somewhere I wish I could live because of the wonderful countryside, friendly people, the Hay festival and, of course, the book shops, of which there are approximately thirty in the small market town.





My husband and I stayed in a gorgeous bed and breakfast, called Lower House, in Cussop Dingle, a beautiful rural area of Hay. The hosts, Peter and Nikki, were extremely friendly and welcoming, and the house and garden were stunning (the garden appears in the book Discovering Welsh Gardens by Stephen Anderton).  The 18th century house (with some parts dating back further) is built on 7 acres of land; a mixture of pretty gardens, stream and pond, woodland, orchard and small fields (home to some lovely black sheep).  We stayed in 'The Rose Room', which had a charming window seat to sit and view the garden and the most comfortable bed! I found it hard to get up in the morning, but the delicious, organic breakfast soon coaxed me.  Here are some photos:

Different views of 'Lower House'


 





Above right, the cairn built by Nikki and below right, the mirror in our room, made by Peter from an old wardrobe door.


Below, my husband, Colin, trying to decide what to have for breakfast... there was an excellent choice for vegetarians, which makes a nice change :)


Me, in the window seat of our bedroom, reading 'Discovering Welsh Gardens'.


It was sad to leave...