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May 16, 2017

This stunning woodblock print is by Eric Gill and is taken from one of his books on the folklore of England and shows St Leonard fighting Dragon which was believed to have lived in East Sussex.

The legend (another version places it in France) tells of a huge Dragon that...

May 15, 2017

Okay, let's get one thing out of the way before we start. The popular garden flower that we know is the lily of the valley is NOT what is meant in the Bible when it uses this phrase. It's a popular misunderstanding but now we've cleared that one up what does folklore t...

April 19, 2017

Above is my first attempt at a video and shows me folding a sweet pea flower from a 2 inch square piece of paper. 

What did I learn?  Apart  from the fact that making a video isn't quite as hard as I thought?

HOW LONG IT TAKES ME TO FOLD EACH FLOWER!!!!

I tend to jus...

April 9, 2017

With their range of colours and magical fragrance it's perhaps not surprising that so many brides choose sweet peas for their wedding flowers. What is perhaps less well known is that there is an old French tradition for giving sweet peas to the bride

as it was believed...

April 2, 2017

Who doesn't love sweet peas? Their wonderful colours and enchanting fragrance.

To me they bring back memories of my childhood, when every year my father would grow them so that my mother could pick them and fill the whole house with their beauty.

We often think of sweet...

March 25, 2017

This weekend supermarkets and florists are full of daffodils and tomorrow many a Mum or Granny will be given a bunch along with a card, or maybe a present of jewellery, or home-made gift.

However many may not be aware of the ages old link between daffodils and what was...

March 20, 2017

No not by Wordsworth but A A Milne with an illustration by E H Shepherd

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She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown;

She turned to the south wond

And curtsied up and down.o

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her...

March 19, 2017

This is the first of my blogs linked to the flower associated with each month, it's tradtional meanings, legends and lore and even the occasional origami model.

The flower of the month for March is the beautiful Daffodil.

Who doesn't love daffodils? Their golden yellow f...

February 15, 2017

I think it may be a reaction to all the pastel flowers and romantic bridal pieces I have been focussing on recently but for a while I had this hankering to do something different and the result is this very dramatic, goth, purple and black rose headband/tiara. I'm real...

February 6, 2017

This is not easy as ever since childhood I have always felt the need to push myself to be/do the best I can and have, most of the time at least enjoyed doing this. However having had a bad flare last month due (at least in part) due to this I need to remember that even...

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