Thursday, December 24, 2009

For unto us a child is born

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness
- on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the trampling warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fule for the fire.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named
Woderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be
endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onwards and for evermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9:2-7

Thursday, November 26, 2009

RIP Lara

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The British Craft Fair

My friend Siân Evans, the very talented Coppersmith, is featuring in the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust British Craft Fair on Wednesday 4th November and Thursday 5th November at The General Trading Company, 2–6 Symons Street, Sloane Square, London, SW3 2GT

The British Craft Fair

Monday, August 31, 2009


Last week's Banksy non-event led to a bit of graffiti based inspiration so here's the resulting necklace.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Banksy Exhibition - Bristol

Today I got up early (not an unusual occurence as I'm generally up for work at 5:30 but it is the weekend) and drove from Welwyn Garden City to Bristol in order to see the Banksy exhibition at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

Upon arriving we found the queue extended for a 6 hour wait, standing in the streets around the museum in the sun. No tickets are required so cannot be purchased in advance for timed entry or anything as convenient as that. Sufficed to say I came back home somewhat disappointed at not seeing the exhibition. I did however get to take some pictures of great graffiti along the harbour.


I seem to have had so much to do and so little time in which to do it. What with doubts about my job and a few other things going on I just haven't felt inclined to blog. But here goes.

My job contract wasn't renewed at the end of July but I have been doing holiday cover wherever was required until August 28th when I would out of work. Last week I had lined up two interviews with other building contractors but cancelled them with a quick prayer that 'God would provide'. On Friday the company I currently work decided that they didn't want to lose me after all and have guaranteed me a contract until Christmas at the least. Phew! How lucky am I?

'It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.'
Harry S Truman

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Clay Balls

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls.

It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him.

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock.

Inside was a beautiful, precious stone! Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.

Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves.

Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside.It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful, stylish, well known or wealthy

But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person. There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth. May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we see the people in our world as God sees them.I am so blessed by the gems of friendship.

Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel. Pass this on to another CLAY BALL.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I had a fab day today visiting friends near Spalding, they have recently bought a 33 acre deer farm. The deer are arriving this week but in the meantime the local famer uses some of the land for grazing sheep. My friends have adopted 3 orphan lambs Mint, Sauce and Chop. They are so cute.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Coppersmithing at the Country Living Show

My dear friend Siân at will be exibiting her truly exquisite Coppersmithing at the Country Living Spring Fair from 11th to 15th March Stand : G14a at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
Wednesday 11th March - 10.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday Gala Evening - 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Thursday 12th March - 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 13th March - 10.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 14th March - 9.30am - 6.00pm
Sunday 15th March - 10.00am - 3.00pm


To celebrate Joan's 70th Birthday we went to see Cirque du Soleil's Quidam at the Albert Hall in London, it was fabulous and I can recommend it as really good entertainment if you get the opportunity.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Here we go again.

Once again we can't cope with adverse weather conditions and the transport system grinds to a halt.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Nick Vujicic - An Inspiration

Frosty Mornings

I have been so busy with work and a Mother who has had a close encounter with a pavement resulting in a broken finger that I've not had time to post anything new (Thanks for pointing that out Nick, Mrs Successful, HGF..........) so this is a start for the year. Taken this morning with my Christmas present mobile phone it shows just how cold it's been for the last few days. (Not something you're likely to forget working on a building site, however the Damart delivery has arrived at last!!!)