This image has always been with me as I sing the old Christmas Carol, first i did it in tapestry and then egg tempera paint, with the Angels dressed in Peak District Well Dressing robes!
This is set in Cromford and tells the story of Sir Richard Arkwright and his development of the first factory. The original is egg tempera painted on real gesso on stretched cotton canvas.
The curious Angels draw the night sky over our world. I heard a folk tale that said the stars are holes in the fabric of heaven and the Angels should be darning them up. I think they are too busy watching us...
A hop-skip-and-a-jump from Beechenhill Farm is the famous and beloved beauty spot: The Stepping Stones, Dovedale. A reminder of happy summer days splashing in the water!
The sun was high and hot, creating cool dappled shade over the Dovedale footbridge.
This was a wonderful musical event at Hopedale Farm, Alstonefield in the lovely Staffordshire Peak District. It will resonate with musicians who like to get together for a jam. (can you spot the musical reference in the photo props?)
Four stiff standers, four dilly danders, two lookers, two crooners and a wig wag. This old nursery rhyme makes me laugh- I LOVE it!!
The patterns lying across my spring garden as the evening sun streams through the trees. It's a very tranquil feeling.
This happened one night we were coming home and there was a beautiful hare under a wild rose bush in the moonlight.
Hard along mid winter's path they carried their gifts and wisdom, Far away from warmth and hearth, light shone upon the newborn. This was inspired by the Three Wise Men paintings by the Bonad painters of Unnaryd, Sweden. They always showed Balthasar at the back, galloping to catch up.
This is for the runners in our lives! The Dovedale Dash happens every November, people run their legs off through mud and high water over the stepping stones.
Here you will find the cow, the moon, the cat, the fiddle, the dog, the dish and the spoon. Also the Peak District and Hazleton Clump.
This was painted in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. What would happen if my Peak District village was bombed? We would have to flee, with our children and pets. The words around the edge are the words from refugees explaining why they had to flee. It's a moving and tender card.
A beautiful Hereford bull, placid and magnificent with holly and Hazleton Clump in the background. Up close you can see the thick swirly fur so characteristic of fine Hereford fellows!
The winter hare with rosehips and old man's beard with Hazleton Clump in the background. We get many winter hares at Beechenhill and often see their tracks in the snow.
A noble bay shire horse with teasles against the backdrop of Hazleton Clump and Rowan berries. You can almost see his steamy breath in the cold...
For spinners and weavers! Spinning takes over your world... I have friends who do it every Wednesday but think about it all the time!!
Sheep, (Derbyshire Gritstones) in the snowy Peak District with Hazleton Clump in the background- brrrr...
This shows the joy of a marriage ceremony; two families coming together in a wedding, love, celebration, feasting and dancing all on a farm (actually Beechenhill Farm.)
The Cherry Tree and its folklore rhyme; Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief. A nice calm card to carry good wishes and notes.
The dairy cows jostle their way up for milking. The poem describes calling the cows up for milking in just the way that we still use today. A lovely colourful card to lift the spirits.
The pure white Dove, the international symbol of love and peace. A great card for those you love, not just on Valentine’s day.
A Derbyshire Gritstone sheep on a Derbyshire Gritstone moor. The natural earth pigments are perfect for this wide natural landscape. This is a popular card or notelet for friends and family.
This happened. I took our little dog down the fields where we set off a nearby nestled hare. I found her nest (form) it was her shape and it was warm. A beautiful card or notelet for friends and family.
This happened! How do you get three lambs and a sheep up to the farm? Fetch a wheelbarrow for the lambs and the sheep will follow- blarting! A good ‘get well soon’ card.
The Moon has a new name each month, in May its Hare Moon. Our Beechenhill hares dash about, fighting and dancing as the moons rise in May. A good card for May birthdays and notes.
This happened; next –door, on my winter walk, I heard voices and looked over the stable door, there was new Mum Lisa, her tiny baby and two children feeding lambs. A lovely card for Mums, Grannies and Mothers’Day.
The Moon has a new name each month, in September it’s Harvest Moon. I saw this one clear September night, huge round silage bales, and sea gulls. A good card for September birthdays.
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