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Charley Harper


This week’s ‘A Little Book Award’ (judged by myself and Elsie) goes to ABC’s by Charley Harper

Every time I see something by Charley Harper I am instantly drawn towards it.  His designs are so unusual and unique, I absolutely love them.

Sadly Harper died in 2007.  When once asked to describe his art style, he replied, “When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures…”

To read all about his life and work, and to see more of his amazing illustrations check out this website.

 Loving the back page!


William Morris


As promised here are my favourite William Morris print photos taken on our recent trip to Red House…

‘Thistle’ – one of Morris’ most popular wallpapers, a single colour design.

‘Indian’ – a reproduction of a early paper from 1868- 1870


 ‘Red House’ – inspired by one of the painted ceilings at Morris’ house (unfortunately didn’t see the ceiling…)

Here is a block print used to create the designs…

Sunflower – the wallpaper in Red House’s dining room…

Marigold – wallpaper on display in one of the upstairs rooms…

And I’m pretty sure this rug is not William Morris but i liked it anyway!



We spent the bank holiday weekend camping in Snowdonia National Park in Wales, beautiful but very wet!  We decided to visit Portmeirion, on the coast in Gwynedd, and, if you are going to do anything outside in the rain, this is surely one of the better things to do…

Used as the set for the 60’s television series ‘The Prisoner,’ Portmeirion was built by Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it.  He started work in 1925 and spent 50 years building it.


In amongst the little shops there is so much detail hidden around the place…

I loved these roses on the gates to the garden…

The village is surrounded by woodland, which hides this beautiful Chinese Lake…