Monthly Archives: April 2017

Colour play day

Last week I had a treat. A chance to meet a hero of mine, and a day to work under his artistic guidance. My sister booked us on a workshop with colour guru and textile artist Kaffe Fassett, whose work has inspired me for many years.

Arriving at the venue, Lady Sew and Sew in Henley, we were greeted by rows and rows of fabric, an overwhelming rainbow of colour. Kaffe and Brandon, his partner,  set us to work, but encouraged us to play, to experiment and see what happened when colours met each other. We were following Kaffe’s “Seed Packet” design from his book Bold Blooms, and it was exciting to see what grew in front of us.

After a day of cutting and placing, everyone’s designs were as individual as their creators. Kaffe commented and made suggestions, and signed books before we packed up our mess and left, exhausted but on a high!

All that has to be done now is to finish it! I have been making progress, but there’s a long way to go yet. Watch this space…




Ruby days

This weekend marks our fortieth wedding anniversary and we have celebrated by  visiting some beautiful places. Yesterday we went to RHS Wisley, where we were treated to a feast of orchids in the glasshouse, and glorious magnolias in the woodland gardens. So much more besides, it will require another visit before too long.

Today we found Leith Hill Place, the childhood home of Ralph Vaughan Williams, with an unspoilt atmosphere, live piano music and the smell (and taste) of fresh baking. The views were never ending at this magical place.

By contrast the palatial Polesden Lacey was so ostentatious it felt almost over the top, but still had some amazing sights.

A special weekend to mark four happy decades! Thank you Steve xxxx