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Alphabet letter M is for mice and mackerel under the mistletoe

From Cape Wrath to Cornwall, many know the excitement of rowing into a shoal of fast moving fish, casting a line and within minutes, hauling aboard a line of mackerel. Mine were caught on the west coast of Scotland, where the oystercatchers cry and the warm winds from the Gulf Stream do blow – at…

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This is the story of Lydia.

Today I am posting a name to celebrate all the girls on the home front during WW11 and to show how I can customise a name with a story through illustrations to make your name print very personal . Lydia is an old family friend who worked for Churchill during the war , biking from…

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Oystercatchers, oars and pheasants from afar.

I never realised till blogging these illustrated alphabet letters how many feathery friends appear, which seems ironic as here we are in lockdown , not flying anywhere, not even to Paris! Here is letter P for pheasant who flew into Britain, courtesy of the Romans, in the 11th Century.. How on earth! My pheasant is…

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Q is jumping the queue to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday today!

Letter Q is jumping the alphabetical queue to mark our Queen’s 94th Birthday today.Here is a personalised Q print of Quince and Queen Quail, surrounded by quince blossom from the garden.The crown was previously drawn for a customer who requested one for her Jack Russell to illustrate a special occasion print celebrating her 25th Wedding…

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U is for thank yoU NHS!

I could not bring myself to post the next illustrated alphabet letter yesterday – it was one of those days under lockdown when I felt the futility of all I do, in contrast to the heroic efforts of the NHS.Then today I looked at my U for ‘Unicycling under the Union Jack’: a flying flag,…

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What’s the story?

Here we all are in lockdown due to coronavirus, doing our best for the NHS, the heroes of our day, by staying at home and not socialising. Last week we watched JULIE AND JULIA with Meryl Streep (Julia) and Amy Adams (Julie) – who decides to blog daily a recipe of the famous 1950s cook,…

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What’s in an illustrated name?

I have been instagramming my name prints of the top 6 favourite names currently in fashion in the UK, according to Country Life. EMILY here is no. 5 in the listing, and ANNIE does not appear. But I had such fun photographing them amongst our flowers. ( sadly Emily’s cistus are now a dry yellow…

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