Celia Hart's blog about what's going on in and around her studio.
Art, printmaking, inspirations, gardening, vegetables, hens, landscapes, wild flowers, East Anglia, adventure, travel.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Printsy Interview

Printsy represents the printmakers of Etsy.com, working in the time honored techniques of intaglio, relief, screen printing, lithography and monotypes. On the Printsy blog you'll find links to the work of all the artists, as well as interviews with some of them.

Last week Mariann Johansen-Ellis interviewed me for Printsy
read it here.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Oooooh... I do like to be beside the seaside!

This is where we went for lunch yesterday . . .
Cromer on the North Norfolk coast, that's the North Sea (yes, really!!!!)
as flat as a mill pond.
and yes – THE SUN WAS SHINING!!!!!!!
Of course we had Cromer crab salad at the Wellington Hotel.

After lunch we went to Felbrigg Hall.
We had tea and cake and then explored the gorgeous walled garden.
It gets better every time I visit! There are now white doves living in the beautiful red brick dovecote and some very very lucky bantams residing in the vegetable garden!

A cliché to say 'I was tired but happy' – but I slept until 11am this morning!

Thursday, 18 September 2008

A Nepalese supper

Dal baht takari with gundruk cooked for last night's reunion of
'The Tai Chi Girls' by their erstwhile teacher, Nicky,
in her Mum's kitchen in Cambridge.

Nicky is home for a short visit to see family and friends, from Nepal
where she now lives and works. Instead of meeting in a restaurant,
we were treated to some typical Nepalese dishes, including bitter gourd
(a vegetable I've never eaten before) and for dessert a delicious
noodle pudding with dried fruit and nuts served with
nuggets of hard smoky toffee.

Instead of paying a restaurant bill we donated money to
the Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen Vajra Varahi Healthcare project's
mobile clinic where Nicky works as a homeopath.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

The dragon slayer

In the still, early-autumn, evening garden the dragon hunted – to and fro.
Then the dragon hunter leaped and danced and pounced
with strong ginger paws, sickle-claws and strong jaws –
he slayed the dragon.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

I spy grapes!

Sylvie loves grapes and she knows where to find them!
Despite the sunless summer the 'Rondo' vine has produced
a fine crop of juicy, sweet, black grapes.

Sylvie can eat a grape in the blink of an eye!

Monday, 8 September 2008

Bring me sunshine . . . pleeeeease!

We have four large squash, six cobs of corn, and a good harvest of beans.
Looking at the Met Office stats for August 2008 it's amazing that
we had anything at all to harvest!
"SUNSHINE: The provisional total for the month is 115.9 hours, which is 67% of the 1961-1990 average. Dullest August in series back to 1929. Previous dullest was 1954, when 123.7 hours was recorded."

Thursday, 4 September 2008


I found a stash of embroidered pieces stitched years ago and packed away.
Now I have time to embellish them and make them into cushions.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Out of a pig's ear . . .

Pig's Ear or Cotyledon orbiculata.
Beautiful silky coral bells on my souvenir from
East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden in Norfolk.