Category Archives: Cornwall

Sunday…with Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

August 16, 2015

Filed Under : Cornwall - Summer - trips

imageI’ve been to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens before, but last time James Turrell’s Skyspace room   and the camera obscura were closed…today they were open and were an amazing experience and treat which we shared with Emma( @ sewrecycled ) and her boys…image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image The camera obscura was at the end of a little path and was a completely unexpected, amazing wonder!!

The images it produced in the cabin were brilliant…image image image image image image image image image the garden has lots of different sculpture dotted around the gardens…image image image image as well as beautiful trees, tranquil woodland paths and really inspired planting…imageThe cafe has incredible food as well, and the plant nursery is really reasonably priced…Tremenheere is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Cornwall over the Summer…or even out of season!

You can see my Steller Story version ( with a mini film ) here



Saturday…Catch Up!

June 6, 2015

Filed Under : Car Boots - Cornwall - My Garden - Spring - workshops

imageIt seems like ages since my last post, so I thought I’d better do a bit of a catch up…

Last weekend I escaped to Cornwall for a couple of days after the madness of the month of the Open House exhibition…I slept a lot, and then when I came home I was still exhausted so the start of the week was a bit slow…

When I was away, the peonies ‘hatched’…it always seems incredible that so many petals emerge from such a tight, round bud!

But when they’re picked they never last long enough, so I’m quite sparing with an arrangement so they can still look amazing outside…although yesterday when I was working at the table, it was quite comforting somehow to hear the gentle pat of a flurry of petals on the floor next to me every now and again…image( This was Thursday when I was feeling very much in love with my new shoes! )image …and these were freshly picked on Mondayimage image image I love how they grow amongst the ferns and ferns, for me, have one of the best smells in the garden as well as that amazing young green…

An this is the prettiest of my 4 clematis flowers the year…the others have been slightly ravaged by the wind and some small beasts…image ( I was still a little bit in love here with the new shoes! )image I also brought back some golden pebbles and shells from Cornwall…image image imageI love looking for clues…it was one of the things I remember a tutor saying when I was on a History of Design course at Poly; ‘always study a building for clues of what it’s history is’…

I liked that, but I think I particularly like it when applied to objects; pebbles have have some massive past life too…

as has this door…image this window…image this curtain…image and ‘Sally Crouch’s’ old suitcase…image Today at the car boot I was looking for some things which we’ll be able to use at my workshop next weekend, and I found these diaries…full of past life..image imageI’ve worked out that these diaries belonged to a Miss Mellon from when she was 23 – 25yrs old ( 1957 – 1958 ) who took a little while to get her teeth seen to, but she was obviously a horse lover and owner…image image …as well as a rug maker!image I found some other great bits and pieces too…image I love the box of this ‘printing outfit’ but also the tiny little print blocks inside…imagebut this I completely love!!

Photo Puzzles…weird photos of close up objects and you have to guess what they are!

It really made me want to create this game myself in some way, so watch this space…

( test yourself on these for starters… )image I’m also very partial to pewter… image …and scissorsimage image …and finally a bowl to match some of my jugs!

Crown Ducal, Mimosa pattern is one of my favourites and this was only £2!

…I fear I will be going for more car bootiér tomorrow!image



Saturday…with a Cornish catch-up

April 11, 2015

Filed Under : Cornwall - Spring

IMG_3590 There’s something so lovely about Spring in Cornwall, so I thought I’d share a little reflection from our Easter holiday last week…IMG_3589We hired bikes and my son and I went biking around the country lanes and I just couldn’t get over the joy of coming across fields of daffodilsIMG_3516 IMG_3518 they just really make you want to be right in the middle of them!IMG_3519 IMG_3506 IMG_3517 IMG_3512 I didn’t pick any from the fields, but I did find some unfortunate beheadings which I thought I could save…IMG_3530 …and I collected a few daisies, buttercups and blue periwinkle from the verges to make them feel at home, along with wild garlic ( or rather three cornered leek! ) from the garden…IMG_3553 IMG_3325We took a trip to Mousehole on one of our days to meet some friends, passing the beautiful marshes at Marazion on the way…
IMG_3024 …and the sea at Newlyn.

However en route a tiny dog ran out in front of me and having to break way to quickly I ended up flying over the handlebars!!

Luckily I was only bruised ( thank goodness for a light bike! )…but a cup of tea and cake in Mousehole at The Rockpool Cafe certainly was an effective revival remedy…IMG_3571 IMG_3569 …and of course everywhere in West Cornwall is adorned with local daffs at the moment…IMG_3568 I took these next few photos a couple of weeks ago when I popped down for a weekend…and this field was so uplifting after over 7 hours in the car!IMG_3016 IMG_3014 IMG_3012 IMG_3017 IMG_3006 IMG_3020 IMG_3013 IMG_3019So I’ve decided that Spring in Cornwall is not just lovely…but completely rejuvenating!