Nan’s button box, it was the draw under the treadle singer sewing machine. Finally 15 years on I have set the contents out and in a process of reconstruction.I am recreating the draw with tiny books, each will have notes by my family members or snippets of lovely memory of the items. Buttons from the GPO, Navy Ark Royal brass,  Victoriana jet,  mother of pearl shirt buttons, hat and nappy pins, toy soldiers and a dolls house coin from the Nuremburg mint. Spangle glasses and bone. A veritable wealth of history, I wish I could do more to cherish and celebrate my Nan’s unconditional generosity of care for so many generations.
Mary Barlett’s Bookbindery at Dartington is the creative place.  Here is Mary setting typeset at her Unicorn Press, also Richard Shimmel making his beautiful sketchbooks.

Compass & Map Is fun.

Dartmoor Sunday. Cold rain sleet bog up to your knees and mist. I thought who would know where they are?  £20 you get a full day navigation training with Adrian at Moorland Guides.  (That’s a link)  Dartmoor is wild but its safer if you can read landscape.  It’s grid ref   595704.

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New Year Water


South Milton Sands to Bantham and back. Winds to take your breadth away. Slippy SW coastal path. Blackback gulls fishing in the surf. Orange bills pink legs stabbing the green at Thurlestone….beeping oystercatchers.


Walk leading for Ivybridge Walking Club.  River Erme full flow under the Inglis viaduct. Isambard Brunel’s originals behind. Mud shin high.  Hall Farm lane now a lake. Flocks of birds circling and a rare glimpse of antlered deer skipping across Hanger Down. The sun did peep. We dried out at the Duke.