Monthly Archives: August 2014

Elvers

About two years ago we were fortunate enough to witness elvers climbing the waterfall on the river Eden at Armathwaite. The river falls over a geographic feature known as the Cleveland Armathwaite dyke. This is an intrusion of igneous rock through the surrounding sandstone. The sandstone dates to the Permian period approximately 250 to 290 million years ago and the volcanic activity much more recently, about 56 million years. The dyke is a part of a swarm of dykes centred on the Isle of Mull.

 

Elvers climbing the Cleveland Armathwaite dyke

Elvers climbing the Cleveland Armathwaite dyke

 

The the painting is carved into MDF, then treated with Plaster and PVA before applying silver and gold leaf. The final finish is achieved with about eight layers of thin oil paint glaze applied with a very high gloss painting medium.

 

 

 

Sunflowers

In 1889 Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his friend the artist Emile Bernard: “I am thinking of decorating my studio with half-a-dozen pictures of sunflowers; a decoration in which chrome yellow, crude or broken, shall blaze forth against various backgrounds of blue,ranging from the very palest emerald up to royal blue, and framed with thin strips of wood painted orange – the sort of effect of Gothic stained glass windows.”

This is my tribute. Painted mostly on hand picked handmade glass from English Antique Glass based at Alvechurch. The background colour is a German glass made by Lamberts.

Van Gogh Sunflowers Stained Glass

Van Gogh Sunflowers Stained Glass

Sunflower detail

Sunflower detail

 

Sunflower detail

Sunflower detail

 

Spirit of the Eden

Last weekends art exhibition was a great success. The event was well supported and raised several hundred pounds to add to village hall funds.

I did just about get the Elvers finished, it was in the airing cupboard drying on the Friday night. Picture to follow.

I also dug out a painting of Lanercost Priory that had been boxed unfinished during the move from Poole and hadn’t seen the light of day for two and a half years. A few coats of plaster PVA and oil paint glazes later and another job done!

Lanercost Priory was established in 1169. The Priory has suffered from a turbulent past. Having been raided and burnt by Robert the Bruce during the Anglo – Scottish wars. It was home to Edward I for five months in 1306 to 1307 whilst on a Campaign in the north and suffered at the hands of Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1537.

Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory

Lanercost detail

Lanercost detail

Lanercost detail

Lanercost detail

Lanercost detail

Lanercost detail

Wet play

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I’m not much of a domestic goddess but as it was teeming with rain today I decided to make some chocolate naughtiness to eat in the summerhouse.

You will need a 24cm tart tin with removable base

250g ginger snaps, 175g butter, 200g dark chocolate chopped (I used Lindt 70%), 200ml single cream, 50g stem ginger finely chopped, 6 cardamom pods with outer skin discarded.

Melt 100g of the butter over a low heat. Blitz the ginger snaps in a liquidiser and add to the melted butter. Mix.

Press the ginger mix into the tin and up the sides. Place in oven at 160 c 375 f for 10 mins. Remove.

Heat cream and cardamom seeds. stir through the chocolate until it has melted. Once combined, stir in the 75g butter until it melts and the ganache comes together.

Sprinkle the stem ginger over the ginger base. Pour the still warm ganache on top.

Chill for 2 hours in the fridge and remove from the fridge an hour before eating. However, if you can’t wait like we couldn’t, it’s good to go after about an hour in the fridge …. Squidgy loveliness with cream ! Mmmmmm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squirrelling away

I haven’t knitted since childhood but like a challenge so have made this for my entry in the ‘knitted tea cosy’ class in this year’s show. The pattern is by Lindsey Mudd and this one wasn’t that difficult once  I’d remembered how to ‘make one’ and put ‘yarn forward’. Can feel a badger and mole coming on next !  

 

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