You know how ,sometimes, you have the sort of day that thwarts your every move? Yes, that sort of day, multiplied.

The torrential rain seems to have abated. One or two light showers, but no further problem rain. Man! I was getting tired of wringing out bath towels!

Still waiting on a chap to check the roof…

And a chap from the air conditioner company can’t come before early May…so, yes, I do feel a bit like Uncle Jim

I managed to bunk-off the other day and go into Town to catch up with a friend and have a quick look at the Libris Awards artist books. I shall be back at least one more time for a longer look. Here’s a link to the current exhibition. It’s a PDF, but I think you can also view online.

And for those not drawn to such things, let’s see if I can find a small amusement for you! Well, I hope you’ll like it! Two of my old faves…

And let me close with an admission…I dashed off this brief post in case the devilishly clever Scarlet figured a way to greatly empixilate MY blog! She’s a clever little minx sometimes.

Now, I must get to the purveyor of pussy fare, lest Sporran start chewing my slippers.

Here’s a staghorn making a valiant comeback……squint very carefully and you can see two very tiny growth buds. Hope is not always a thing with feathers!

This is a very old photo…the “water sprite” was very young…


…coming in a minute.

I have some more pictures from the Libris Awards.IMG_3774

  “Obsolete” by Gail Stiffe

Handmade papers, looking like crumpled and discarded wrappers with digital prints; a statement about profligacy. Approximately A4 , landscape orientation.



“Punctuation and Full Stops”   Lesley Kane.  These books are all approximately 4 or 5cms high.



Well, yesterday I asked for someone with gloves to turn some pages for me. The request had to be referred to  a higher authority, but, after waiting (Papal consultation ,perhaps?), a staffer appeared with gloves. And most of my photos were of quivering white-clad fingers and shadows!

Now, about those horses. And jockeys. Here’s what you need to do…

Place your horses back- to- back, one head facing left, the other, right. Now position the jockeys image.

Like this…IMG_3627

And what is this all about? Apparently, an exercise (for management types) in problem-solving.

Time to don my chef’s hat…



The only thing I will tell you is that the paper should not be folded (someone tried to make his jockey fit by folding…)

Here is a photo of 3 pieces of card, printed with horse and jockey images.

IMG_3628Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to print and cut out the 3 rectangles. That’s 2 horses ( with strange caved-in tummies!) and one strip of card with 2 jockeys. Don’t cut out the images! Yes, I chopped the corners, but it doesn’t matter.

Now, make the jockeys ride. (Should be a piece of cake for Linda and Daisy Fae and Andrea!)

I’m pleased to say I’ve finished my books! It’s a bit like the last day of exams, not that I’ve had one of those for a while!

So now I can get on with other things.Perhaps clean the windows? Sort out the tattier bits of the garden? Prune a few shrubs before they re-classify themselves as trees? Pack my bag?

Here are some pretty pictures from the Libris Awards 2013 show. Yes, more artists’ books. This is the winner, “Wave Form.” Paper, printed from a woodblock, presented in a hinged box.

Wave Form

Wave Form


Back of the box

Back of the box




I’ll ask some of my friends if they mind my putting their work on the blog.Probably not, but I try to be polite!