Saturday, 29 September 2012

Totnes Lantern Procession

All sorts of creations

Spotty dog lantern

Dragon fly
An  animated monkey

Walking up town with a weird bug hovering next to us

Monkey and Fly processing
My favourite community event in my town is the Lantern Procession that this year celebrated the autumn moon.

 Everyone who wants to can make a lantern and join in. As myself and family and friends were in the thick of it my photos are somewhat limited, but it was amazing to see the creativity from so many people, bigs and smalls.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Green Tomato Chutney

This year our tomato crop succumbed to tomato blight, so the only thing to do was to harvest all the tomatoes, red and green. My favourite thing to do with all these green tomatoes is to make chutney.
You need some apples. I scrumped ( a Devon word for picking fruit ) these apples from our community orchard.
 Then you need a bit of time to chop everything up......
 ..........and a few hours later you have a batch of chutney. Now I just have wait a few weeks for it to mature before I can have my favourite cheese and chutney sandwich. So while waiting I drew this old family recipe for They Draw and Cook.
The basic quantities below, but you can easily scale this up if you have more green tomatoes.

3lb Green Tomatoes
1 lb Onions
1 1/2 lb Apples
1/4 oz Ground Ginger (I used grated fresh ginger)
1/4 oz Pepper
1/4 oz Salt
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Mustard
1/2 lb Sultanas (you don't need to add these if you don't want to)
3/4 pint Vinegar (I used distilled white vinegar but malt vinegar is fine)
(I also added 2 chillies as I had them and wanted to heat this up a bit)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Street Story

This  little pattern is created for the current Tiger Print competition entitled 'Tell a Tale'. I'm not sure I have fulfilled the brief exactly but I need to get back into the swing of things and this was just up my street!!!!

Monday, 10 September 2012


Sometimes I just can't draw and now the kids are back at school I have no excuse. Today with nothing flowing from my pencil I got the watercolours out and even they are failing me. This is meant to be the view through the window from my desk and through the frustration of not being able to work with any fluidity I over work it into a clumsy muddle! Ho hum tomorrow is another day.