Duddingston Sketching Meet

For those of you who live in Edinburgh or close by, this is an opportunity to observe, be creative and relax in the most magical of gardens. We will be meeting up in Duddingston this coming Tuesday to draw/sketch/paint with our own materials and would love if you could join. We hope to briefly walk round the village and take a few snaps (probably in our wellies and with umbrellas – let’s be honest), then head to Doctor Neil’s garden where we will have access to the gardeners’ shed.

I’ve been in love with Duddingston for a good long while so sharing this love with like-minded creative folk is a dream come true. If you can’t manage this Tuesday but would be interested in taking part next time, let me know by email. Also, Edinburgh has so many little villages so I hope this will be the first of many similar local meets.

Cost: This is a free mini-event but the gardeners would appreciate a small donation for the use of their shed.

Meeting Point: At the gates of Duddingston Kirk, 5:30pm.

RSVP: Email me if you’d like to come along. The shed is quite small so numbers are limited. It would be good to know if you would prefer tea or coffee (and how you take it) and most importantly, if chocolate is a good cake option.

NB: This is not a class, everyone will be doing their own artwork independantly.

Any more questions? Drop me an email.

The 100 Day Project

Hi all! Since I last posted, I’ve taken time off commissions and big projects to focus on family life. We’re hoping to sell our flat and move sometime soon (EEEKK!!). Having said that, me being me, I couldn’t just stop art altogether!! So along with a bunch of folk on Instagram, I am taking 100 days to create something new each day. All of us are creating different things in different ways.

My project: Paint tiny watercolours every day. This will see us through the summer months and I’ll hopefully learn a lot along the way. I look forward to the simple joy of creating and that sense of accomplishment that comes with self-discipline and working through ‘blaaa’ moments.

My subject: Little details I’ve seen while exploring cities and villages around the world. So far, this has included street lights, windows, vehicles, and other little treasures in places such as Rome, Cambridge and Paris. I’m hoping to soon move on to more exotic places such as Port Louis, in Mauritius or Lagos, Portugal as well as bigger capital cities such as New York or London.

Materials used so far:

  • Daler Rowney ‘The Langton’ watercolour paper
  • Micron black ink fine-line pen (0.05mm)
  • Daler Rowney Round aqua-fine  brush
  • Pentel water brush
  • Windsor and Newton watercolour paints
  • Generals Layout 555 Graphite pencil

NB: I have not been paid or sponsored to mention or recommend these product, these are my personal preferences just now and they may change!

This is one of my pieces on Paris.

Check out more of my project so far here.

Talk soon!

Crieff Hydro – Our Scandi-Scot experience

Last week, we had a wonderful break at Crieff Hydro, in Perthshire, Scotland. Don’t think you can get much closer to magical. Our sons built their first ever snow men and I wasn’t on social media much which was so good for my soul. We went on little expeditions and found many treasures. We were just 1h30 away from home but it felt like we had landed in Narnia.

My Gallery:


My Highlights:

  • Our Cozy Cabin was extraordinary. It was a bargain at £211 for 4 nights (granted, I kept my eyes on their lowest prices of the year). They’ve decorated the cabin ‘Hygge style’ which I missed the minute we left. With a wood burning stove, cozy blankets, scandi lighting, furniture and artwork on the walls, you couldn’t have been more relaxed.
  • Their welcome basket was unexpected and full of local goodies (including jam, biscuits, herbal tea and ground coffee).
  • The childcare was included in the overall price and the kids loved it. Mike and I enjoyed a few dates. The trick is to balance this with family time too.
  • The pool was a big hit with our toddlers. There were 2 big containers full of water toys (watering cans, boats etc) to play with. The water was at the perfect temperature and their family changing rooms were well thought-through (one of them even had a waterproof play pen)
  • Their mountain biking cafe ‘the Hub’ has great coffee and lots of ‘bicycle decor’ which of course I’m a big fan of… One poster said : “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close.” I agree.
  • Their Winter Garden cafe has lovely baking (with yummy looking gluten free options) and great views over the valley.
  • Crieff (town) and the surrounding area are worth visiting. You can go by foot or hire a bike from the resort (from £5, helmet included).

Check out self-catering holidays at Crieff Hydro HERE.


Read 6 ways to bring the Hygge experience home.