Woollen Woods

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise.

I enjoyed a fascinating visit to Sizergh Castle near Kendal, Cumbria, yesterday where they are holding an unusual art exhibition for the summer called Woollen Woods. 

It’s being held in the Knoll just by the lake where the trees are now home to many creatures stitched in felt, crocheted or knitted.

Could these be fairies I wonder?


You'll find insects, flowers, bats, mice, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, hedgehogs and even a kingfisher. 

Absolutely delightful, and great fun for visiting children and folk of all ages.

Local schools and organisations have joined in as well as people from across the world.

This owl is from Levens Brownies celebrating 100 years.


The sleepy flamingo and jolly hedgehog are fun too.

Yes, the daffodils are knitted too.

The project is organised by Eden Arts, and if you wish to take part, all you have to do is visit http://www.canopyart.co.uk to download a pattern and entry form and start knitting or sewing. 

Have fun, and do go down to the woods at Sizergh to see them.


The London Book Fair

The London Book Fair was bustling with activity, as usual. Deals were being done all around, which was fascinating to watch, and plenty of evidence of digital and self-publishing. The panels and talks in the Author’s HQ were interesting but attracted larger audiences than could be comfortably accommodated. Definitely more seating needed here. It was much better in the Thames Room upstairs.

The best talk of the Fair in my humble opinion was that given by Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre. What an inspiration those two ladies are. Million Plus bestsellers, and all by their own self-published hands. 

The exciting part for me was being taken to lunch by my new editor. My new book, The Amber Keeper’s Daughter, has been bought by Amazon Publishing and is to be published in their Lake Union Imprint. What a thrill! I’m now looking forward to doing the edits, and I’m sure I shall enjoy working with them. Watch out for more news on this in the coming months.