Inspiration to Realisation – Almond Blossom on Tiled Background

I honestly didn’t intend to be away for so long. I am taking a very brief respite between groups of house guests to catch up on my recent creative endeavours.  Despite the quiet on the blogging front, I have been up to all kinds recently. I have finished this hoop. I cannot express how happy … More Inspiration to Realisation – Almond Blossom on Tiled Background

Summer Time

In the last week it really feels like summer has begun here in Sicily. The weather is much warmer, obviously, but there are lots of other signs. I have just stepped outside to bring in the laundry from the line and the evening air was all soft and perfumed. The pace of life – never … More Summer Time

In Retrospect

After everything I said about social media recently, I came stumbled across another unexpected positive effect of all this tapping away at phones and tablets we seem to be engaged in. Scrolling through some old Instagram pictures, I came across the photo above. This was one of the very first cross stitch designs I worked … More In Retrospect


Today was one of those occasional days – a far too rare occurrence -where I Got Stuff Done. I managed to wrap up my two ongoing projects. First, I framed “Who Killed Pedro?”  Having taken the photos, I now want to tweak the slightly wonky mounting job but it is an easy fix. Completing a … More Completion

Persistence Pays

It is very easy to focus on the beautiful and charming here in Sicily.  There is a such a lot of it. We live in Mascalucia, a peaceful village within a short distance of  the city of Catania. I have to admit though, we really struggled with Catania when we first arrived.  The dirt, the … More Persistence Pays

Feeling the Blues

All of a sudden, like the flick of a switch, Sicily has snapped into summer mode. Spring, so far, has been a pretty poor affair so it has been good to watch everything come back to life. The granita sellers are back on the street.  I will have to write more about Sicily’s answer to … More Feeling the Blues