Archive for the ‘Art & Design’ Category


Black gingham shoes with rosebud trim by Betsey Johnson

I suppose gingham is a fabric we all remember from our childhood and teenage years – mine were in the 1960s and 1970s – and with a revival of fashion from that era it now seems as popular as ever. Or was that LAST year? But this post is about words as much as fashion – did you know the word gingham came from Malaya?

My mother made me some (more…)

Read Full Post »


Unusual painted window in St Alkmund’s Church, Shrewsbury

Continuing my memories of Shropshire in summer, here are two excellent churches we visited in Shrewsbury – St Alkmund’s and St Mary’s. There are many more but these are just two we happened upon.

Read Full Post »


Typical old Shrewsbury timber-framed architecture

It’s nearly the end of the year but I still have unfinished business with my summer holidays – so I am catching up with sorting my Shropshire pictures from August. I’ll leave Shrewsbury churches for another day, but here are some great old buildings in the county town, many of them in the timber-framed black-and-white Tudor style that has sometimes given this area the nickname “magpie country” – or at least I saw it called that in the Reader’s Digest once when I was a child. (more…)

Read Full Post »


Owl mural near Wood Street, Cardiff, October 23, 2014

I just had to share this wonderful owl mural that appeared overnight on a wall next to our office in the centre of Cardiff. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there on Wednesday, but yesterday you couldn’t miss it.

There have been many artful surprises in recent weeks as part of the Empty Walls project, which finishes this weekend. Assorted paintings have appeared on many grotty buildings, empty hoardings and fences around derelict sites. I don’t know if they will all magically disappear or be whitewashed at the end of the festival, but I hope not.

The owl is signed PeacefulProgress.co.uk, so here’s a link to that artist’s website.


The owl in context, with Cardiff’s central bus station to the right

I don’t know enough about it to write much more, but here are a couple of illustrated stories other people have written on the festival…

WalesOnline: Empty Walls Project brightening up Cardiff city centre

Creative Hacks: Street art spotting at Empty Walls, Cardiff

Empty Walls Festival blogspot

Read Full Post »


Rainbow colours in a spider web caused by diffraction of light – from Earth Science Picture of the Day

Please indulge me while I share some shiny things with you.
I always get like this in Spring, when the sun grows stronger and nature has a certain sheen to it.

I think it’s a woman thing, a gatherer trait inherited from our Stone Age forebears, who must have spent their whole lives looking for bright, shiny berries to pick and eat.

And in many species it’s the male who displays and the female who appreciates it. Apparently not in humans, but diamonds are still a girl’s best friend. So here I am exploring both sparklies and more subtle lustres – as I look at the words iridescence, opalescence and pearlescence. (more…)

Read Full Post »


Shiny! Pandora bangles seem to be all the rage this Christmas…

This is a sudden post. And all because there was a long queue of people through the door of a shop in Cardiff the other day and I was surprised to find it was the Pandora jewellery shop. The ideal Christmas gift for young and stylish women?

Very shiny, quite expensive, needing no thought at all, or maybe too much thought, (more…)

Read Full Post »


The bear on Cardiff’s animal wall

Cardiff’s famous animal wall stands in front of Bute Park, alongside the castle, and you will always find tourists taking pictures of it with their mobile phones.

I caught sight of the animals with their glass eyes glinting in bright sunshine on my way to the Country Fair at the end of September. Although I had my camera with me at the time I didn’t stop and it took many weeks before (more…)

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 203 other followers