The Memory of Light

May 7, 2013

I have just had the immense pleasure to read and reread Sarah Elwell’s latest poetry offering, The Memory of Light, and I am wordless because anyway I decribe it cannot capture its profound layering of souls.  That feeling you get when you finish a novel and blink and breathe and realise the world had stopped for a moment, or rather you had stopped while the world went by you and will never see things again in the same light.  That feeling is there in each and every poem.

The Memory of Light

I don’t know how she does it, but I’m so glad she has shared her extraordinary talent with the world, and I can easliy see her in my mind’s eye

” silent, word-locked, on the windswept hill just beyond this world. ”  –  exerpted from one of her poems


A new festival impulse

March 19, 2013

As Easter approaches, many of my southern hemisphere friends have been discussing how many of the Northern Hemisphere festivals sit or don’t sit well in our “reverse” seasons. For me, Easter and Christmas are so globally (and often commercially) celebrated I feel we cannot change their timing to suit our seasons, but instead need to look at the impulses and meanings of the celebrations from our new seasonal perspective. I have written about some of our festivals such as southern Autumnal EasterWhitsun, Martinmas, and other festivals
Other less well observed festivals such as Michaelmas and May day celebrations however could be moved to retain their essential seasonal impulses. Michaelmas could be well observed at or around St Georges day in Autumn, as there is much overlap in the stories, or ideas and themes behind them. St George musings here.

Needle felted St Francis

I wonder if conversely instead of May day we could instead incorporate the ideas of new beginnings and new growth and new life in the celebration of St Francis’s feast day at the beginning of October. It seems fitting in light of the newly elected pope (I am not a Catholic, but he does seem to hold the promise of fresh beginnings and the joy of life and love in the choice of his Namesake 🙂
To me St Francis was born again in his faith, and started his life again afresh. He of course is also recognised as having an affinity to the natural world, which too fits so well with all the new life and creatures born in the spring. I’d love to hear what you think about the rhythm and observance of festivals “down under”.

A new tutorial

February 27, 2013

Over at Sunshine Weavers there is a new tutorial on an old favourite.


Walnut baby necklaces.

Do pop over and take a look.  I find I am posting a lot more of my crafts over there than here at the moment, and pinning them here too, So please forgive the long silences between posts here. I’ll try to remember to update things here once in a while.  Maybe once in a blue Moon 😉


Snapshots from my couch

January 22, 2013

I am playing along with Sarah from Knitting the Wind, and sharing the everyday around me from my couch.  Please excuse my blurry photography skills.

Pencils by the window (and scattered along the windowsill) with various drawn train layouts

Pencils by the window (and scattered along the windowsill) with various drawn train layouts

The trains at my feet

The trains at my feet

The Jacobs ladder, Galileo thermometer and the awesome lichtwippe on our mantlepiece

The Jacobs ladder, Galileo thermometer and the awesome lichtwippe on our mantlepiece

The christmas music still lingering on our piano

The christmas music still lingering on our piano


The homemade Risk board on the table


And my favourite cushion (hand stitched William Morris design tapestry by my amazingly talented aunt) on the couch.





Pop over to to see what we have been busily crafting for our Steiner School Fair.

Our stall has some lovely needle felting this year thanks to the inspiration of Marie from Softearth’s World, as well as our annual favourites.  Do take the time to click through,  scroll down and have a look.


Standing the test of time

August 10, 2012

Trying to clear out and pare down toys after a 7 year old sons birthday hoarde, it was interesting the toys that have stood the test of time and were still too treasured and played with to be packed away…

Spring cleaning fairies…

out                                                              in

cuddly dolls                                            digit dolls, sleepy dolly(a knot doll he’s had since birth) and a doll to dress

blocks with holes and screws              plain blocks and natural wood blocks

wooden and felt play food                   kitchen utensils,  teaset and rock collection

felt playscenes                                      playsilks and cotton cloths

wooden cars, trucks and planes        paper planes and silk parachute man

wooden thomas trains                         wooden “real” trains and track (not thomas -too babyish)

dress ups, hats, belts, scarves, playsilks, playcloths

knitted and felt animals

Lego has invaded in a big way, but I was curious to see he still wanted his plain wood blocks, but not the screw together kind.  He was more than happy to get rid of any TV licenced items that have wormed their way into our toys as they have been suddenly deemed “babyish” by the seven year old, so anything Thomas, Bob the builder and even Charlie and Lola had to go.

Dragons and seahorses

March 2, 2012

I just love seahorses (and sea dragons for that matter), and that is just what we have been making at sunshine weavers today.  Come and take a look.

Seahorses made with hand dyed wool felt

February 25, 2012

I have started a new blog just for our craft group at sunshine weavers. Come and see…

…weave a little sunshine in your life….

Sunshine Weavers

A very small group of four this week, and yet we managed to make 25 new bean bags for the kindergarten, and a dozen shooting stars for the fair.  Thankyou wonderful ladies with nimble fingers!!

A little secret – our bean bags are filled with rice and a handful of dried mint leaves, not beans, to minimise the risk of being eaten by nibbling mice.  Of course packing them away securely in a tin or lidded container when not in use is the best prevention.

Beanbags are great for body orientation, with rhymes to guide them over, under, round and through, crossing mid-lines, encouraging nimble fingers and quick reflexes, and they are so much fun!!

Throwing a beanbag to a partner is great fun too.  Shooting star or metor bean bags with a ribbon tail are great to encourage throwing in a curving rainbow.  Can you catch the front? can you catch…

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Yet again more photos of craft items we have made for the school fair.   This format of  WordPress does not seem to like posts with more than 4 photos, it seems to overlay, hide or lose them. Sorry about the three installments.  I think a change of topic will be in order for next time.  If you are looking for more crafty inspiration don’t forget to check out the previous two posts.  🙂

knitted puppies




Matchbox people




felt bunnies and mini pom pom flowers

felt caterpillar and finger puppet butterfly in a drawstring pouch

knitted kitten


pipe cleaner digit dolls


wooden bead bracelets

A few more crafts made and waiting for the fair.  Don’t forget to check the previous post too if you are looking for some crafty inspiration.  Hopefully I’ll post some more tomorrow.  Uploading photos is proving painfully slow just now.