So, where to start on this one? I made mention somewhere in my last post about the Autumn colours down here in the valley, so I thought I'd share a bit about where in the world I am these days.
After months and months of trying to work out how my man and I were going to manage to get to be in the same place, it became clear that the best thing to do was for me to move down here to Devon where his job is. So in April, I gave up my job on the psych ward, rented out my flat, and we moved into this cosy loft above an old hunting lodge in Heddon Valley on Exmoor, where I've been working on my Etsy shop.
It's a beautiful spot, although it's felt a little like the land that Summer forgot! It's not green down here for no reason! But, I just love living in the woods with it's variety of wildlife, which has clearly been a much greater source of inspiration for my work than I realised it would be. I don't think my friends can quite get used to this Nature Girl side of me, and are still waiting for some signs of the dark, crabby baggage they're used to!
My old moggie, Mack, has welcomed his new environment with open paws, and often enjoys a little trot across the field for a drink and a paddle in the stream.
He's the apple of my eye, (before anyone wonders - no, I don't have children!), and seems to thoroughly enjoy the company of his woodland mates - except for the peacocks. But then neither would you, if you were a pint sized kitty cat being greeted with this lot hanging around your front door!
I think they're a hoot though, and thank them for the feathers they left me in exchange for occasional peanut butter sandwiches, and for inspiring me to make these few creations.
There's the squirrels too - LOVE them!
Oh - and this gorgeous little fella crawled over one day. Yes - it's only a bloody baby otter!!!
With the dramatic moorland views, and several beaches nearby, it really is an amazing place to be.
Sounds like I should be working for the Devon Tourist Board, doesn't it?!
Hopefully, we'll still be appreciating all this above, when we're stuck in this below over the winter!!
Well, that's it for today. I just thought I'd share a taste of my world with you.
Next entry will be the first of my posts to celebrate the work of my favourite designers - and what others could I possibly start with, than the jaw-droppingly,beautiful creations of that divine Fanciful Devices!