the basics

I am finding my new hobby fulfilling . the different aspects of art that I have enjoyed looking at I now enjoy practicing, I find that as rough as I am I’m still producing reasonable likenesses .. I have the help of the internet and books which are helping me with the basics .. this is my work space , with some copies , and a practise sketch.




a bean obsession

I have an obsession with beans, natures little good guys, and I’m always looking for new ways to cook them; finding good recipes can be difficult .. most books only deal with the usual baked or refried but this book has 100 recipes from “Lemon Coconut Chickpea Muffins” to “Sloppy Buffalo Beans”
This book “The Great Vegan Bean Book” by Kathy Hester is superb and has now become my new bible..


a new year a new book

i was given books for christmas; all too good to put down … this is a problem as i am a one book at a time person,  i am in new territory as i am reading four at once, so i have had to put three down .. the one i am reading is ” Londoners’ Larder” by Annette Hope . its like a biography of london through famous people and the food that they would have eaten.a good insight into the way people lived…

winter is approching

with winter coming, the days are getting colder and today is the is the frist real cold snap we have had.. having worked the weekend i have taken the day off. sitting inside a warm house while the weather turns bad is awesome , i am a cold weather person. i plan to spend the day with hot drinks and a book and listening to the rain on the roof .. in my pile of books i have a Robert Burns book of poems  , it is an old book and it is my favorite, it has an inscription inside dated 1910 and the copyright 1892…..

the wintry west extends his blast,

and hail and rain does blaw;

or the stormy north sends driving forth

the blind sleet and  snaw:

while , tumbling brown , the burn comes down,

and roars frae bank to brae;

and bird and beast in covert rest,

and pass the heartless day.

…….Robert Burns…..

a gift
given to…

the famine is over

yesterday i had nothing to read .. today when i got home this little pile , all but “the secrets of the druids” which i had taken out of storage last night because i had nothing to read , was in the post ..

a bit of a read