Monday, 22 January 2018


going colourful and going small!  The rooster is on 18x13 cm card, the bridge on 15x10cm. 
Its taken an hour to get them photographed,photos up...or is it down...loaded to the computer then onto my page and other places on fb and into the etsy shop.

This is the worktime that sometimes gets forgotten, but needs adding into costing!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

fresh air!

Still icy after more snow, then a couple of hours of rain...but good to have a change of air in our lungs.

Good to get out after a printing session too.  I'm learning much by experience, not always easy,sometimes frustrating.  The Middle Road print isn't perfect, but at least its consistent!!

Onwards and upwards....

Saturday, 20 January 2018

printing result!

Garden Gate, Blackhills..
the lino block was rubbed down lightly with 400 grade wet and dry abrasive paper,then cleaned with surgical spirit. This has hopefully solved the problem of uneven printing!

Next to print the Lon Werdd/Green Lane block.....

icy day expedition.

The Amber alert has been reduced to Yellow, some of the snow has gone but it is bitterly cold.
We decided not to go to town yesterday, so went this bus.  The frozen slush in our village was slippery and where it had been cleared off it was icy!  The 400 foot altitude difference between home and Ayr was gloves needed in Ayr and almost no hat needed either!

Even in the bus you could feel it getting colder as we travelled home.

After a quick lunch ,time for today's walk...

 Goat Fell on Arran is completely snow covered
 Tonight's snow on the way?
Back to watch the penultimate stage of the Tour Down Under on television, looking at the parched countryside and vineyards...and thinking of friends there.

Now I'm off to a warm studio for some printing....

Friday, 19 January 2018

still working

I've had a lot of helpful suggestions from the Linocut Friends group on fb.
Not wanting to try them out on the latest bigger block, I'm doing a smaller one to follow up suggestions from the beginning.
I need some smaller images as well as even bigger ones!

Keeping busy while we have an amber warning for snow and ice.

We need to get provisions, more than I'd get in the village shop, so we'll be going by bus..if that doesn't go,we make do!  The chosen direction is Ayr...only a yellow warning in that direction!!

still walking

Ladies Walk, one of the original roads around Drongan since the 1930s

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

and yet more snow

It sounds like we'll be having a week's worth of snow at least, with more warnings coming our way from the Met Office.
There is plenty to do indoors and we can do our best to walk in between showers.
Only the postlady had been when we started . The car was abandoned there late last night.

 Snowman and his dog...
 We had a slight thaw this morning, so the walk was slushy in the village. As we headed out of the village at 2pm, the temperature dropped.
 You can see the next hail cloud...the tail of it caught us a quarter mile later

 We have a model of this on the mantelpiece..the tractor that the Pirate started his tractor life on, age 9...(but not this one!)
These are in the sheds at a local farm where there used to also be a corn mill

 and back up the hill to home.