I’ve been wandering through too many real estate blurbs! Not that we’re planning to move. No, the title is more to do with a little bloggy housekeeping. Not much, mind! Hey! I’m flat-out trying to keep the home house neat so the blog gets nowt but a header change now and then. (And even that’s set to “auto” because I’m busy elsewhere.  lazy!)

But, if you’ve a mind to know more about my busy-ness you’ll see that I’ve added a new page, artist books. Up there /\, just below the picture. Rather than clog the blog with stuff not everyone wants to read, I’ll post bits and pieces there. And there’s also a link to the group blog if you’d like to read/see more.

But don’t expect to see everything! This project is  about swapping works with other book artists and we’d like to retain an element of surprise. 😉

So…what will I write on the main page? Oh, the usual nonsense. A sort of “wot I done on me ‘olidays” essay.

I might, for instance, have told you that I swam in the ocean at my local beach. No…the beach has been closed since Saturday when the life guards found jelly fish. Big box jellies. Red flags. Disappointed beach babes.

But I’m heading to the pool after lunch!


Well, I was not awarding prizes in the previous post for “guessing the mystery person.”   I suppose I’m rather glad  only Andrea saw a resemblance!

The “man” in the photo was my mother and she wasn’t half miffed at being kept out of the powder room as her friend had a flask of gin in there!

I first saw that photo more than 50 years ago and I begged to be allowed to show other kids. Got a flat refusal on that! And, next time I asked, Mother said she’d burnt it. I really don’t know why she hated it so much. Perhaps it was the painful memory of having used spirit gum to stick all that hair on!


I am currently involved in several “arty” projects. Most involve paper in some form. And paper form is something that really rings my bells.

It can be amazingly strong or breath-takingly delicate. I had a hat crocheted from paper string which I wore in the vineyard. Day in, day out. In fact, I have a similar one now…


Yes, the hat is made of paper and yes, it has been caught in the rain more than once. I also have a pink one; it’s in the car and I can’t be bothered fetching it!

I’ve used paper in all sorts of things over the years. I remember needing a can-can petticoat in a hurry once. Good old flour and water paste and a few sheets of last Saturday’s newspaper did the trick. I’ve used paper tubes to protect seedlings, paper bags as hair curlers, folded paper as splints for wounded animals (it would also work for human fractures.)

But I’ve never made anything quite in the same league as Simon Schubert

If looking down that stair well does not make you giddy…!

And now, I must toddle off and fold some paper for book pages. If you have any favourite paper tips, do share them.