Anyway, just to catch up.
I went for a weekend with my friend Lynn, who had told another friend of hers that I collect old sewing machines. Wouldn't really describe myself as a collector, but I do have a couple. Anyway, this friend of a friend said "Oh, she might like this then" .....
And, just to prove it's miniature
Having done a bit of research on the internet, it turns out that it was made in a factory in Wanstead - which is still there, although no longer makes sewing machines. Which is a pity, because despite the very best efforts of my Dad,
who cleaned and oiled it so that it turns smoothly now, unfortunately there is no tension mechanism, so it won't work. Never mind it looks pretty, and I might contact the factory to see if they have any spares lying around!
I have recently been on a printing course at The Artnest in Hitchin (no website yet)
We did lino cuts and then printed them ....
Lots of robins, snowmen and mistletoe (and maybe the odd heart)
liberally interspersed with nibbles, mulled wine, and cake.
Finally, (and this is really for my Dad 'cos I don't think he entirely believed me. A few weeks ago I bought another attachment for my bird feeder and some little black Niger seeds (I think they come from Love-in-the-Mist, so it won't matter if they seed themselves.) None of the usual birds seemed the slightest bit interested, and I decided that I wouldn't bother with those seeds again - then one day last week I was in my kitchen and I saw a swarm(?) of Goldfinches! There were six altogether, although by the time I got my camera, some of them had flown away so there were only three left