Autumn Popkes

What a beautiful post about autumn, and those lovely woodland creatures definitely look like they would have lot’s of fun playing with Bertie Badger & Nelson the Unicorn in the autumn leaves 🙂

Son's Popkes

amigurumi crochet patterns

Most of you probably know by now Autumn is my most favourite season by far. I enjoy strolling through the forest beneath those magnificent threatening skies, while listening to the rustling of the beautiful coloured leaves that soon will fall and breathing in the scent of moist and mushrooms. It is the season I engage in with every sense of my body.

Last year, to celebrate, I made a Son’s Popkes artwork set in Autumn and this year I fantasized about a special picture like the one I made for Summer.

Yesterday I finally had the change to go to a park nearby and collect leaves in all my favourite colours. While gathering some chestnuts, I felt if someone was watching me, but I didn’t see anybody. But later, when I looked up into the trees to see if there were fresh chestnuts still there, I saw this gorgeous big crow sitting…

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Let’s talk about depression

Happy Monday one and all! While wondering around the interwebs I came across this beautiful post and thought it definitely worth sharing. It is so refreshing to see someone write about their own personal struggle in such an open and unassuming way and it provides such comfort to see in plain black and white that other people may be feeling the same way you are, or have done in the past.

Thank you Aileen for being so brave and for sharing, and I wish you all the very best 🙂

P.S. Crochet definitely rocks and is a good way to get the feel goodness (technical term there!) flowing again 🙂

Knitters and Hookers

I apologise for being so quiet on here the last few weeks. Things have been a bit stressful for one reason and another, and I haven’t really felt in the mood to craft or to work on either my blog or facebook page.  To be honest at times I think I have been teetering on the edge of clinical depression (possibly pre-natal. Possibly just depression. I’m not really sure it makes a difference which). This isn’t something enough people openly talk about, but as a Clinical Psychologist, I see no shame in admitting that my mood can drop.  Accepting ourselves, including admitting that there are times when we struggle, is something I encourage all my patients to do, and I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t apply the same to myself.  As my father reminds me often, working in mental health doesn’t really make you any better at coping with…

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I crumbled!

Happy Friday! Apple CrumbleLook what I made 🙂 My sister dropped in some cooking apples a week or so back and I finally put them to good use by making an apple crumble 🙂 Hmmmmmm crumble!

I used a recipe from my favorite cookery book “Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course”, but substituted normal flour for gluten and wheat free flour as I am gluten and wheat intolerant *le sigh*  Continue reading


Hi there! Who doesn’t need an extra bit of cheer in their life?! With this simple and fun pattern you can add a bit of joy and be guaranteed some sunshine too!. Sunshine is made using the crochet style of amigurumi and is perfect for Continue reading

Summer sun, fun and Roses :)


Greetings 🙂 How is everyone doing today? Well I hope. It’s summer time here in Árann and that means long summer days and warm summer nights spent ambling about the woods. You may not know this about me, but I am a keen gardener and the beautiful summer roses in my garden at this time of year bring me endless amounts of joy.

On Saturday last, the 21st of June, it was one of my favorite days of the year; the Summer Solstice. It was marked here in Árann Wood by Continue reading