Sunday, 31 January 2010


I find it hard to keep focused on what I really want - after all - what do I really want?  This piece was inspired by the renovation of the eye ceiling at Blenheim Palace which I think is stunning. 
Do you know what you want?

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Monday, 25 January 2010


I'm not a particularly clumsy person unless I've got a glass of red wine in my hand. I've been known to throw an entire glass all over myself by catching my sleeve on something as I went to drink it, knocked a full one over on our brand new carpet and am often seen missing my mouth entirely and pouring it down my chin. Not a pretty sight! Some may say I've inherited this trait from my mum but as she reads this blog I'm keeping quiet.
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010


One of the places I love to walk is the cemetery near to my house. It is a wilderness of old graves, foxes, wrens, woodpeckers, sparrowhawks, owls, squirrels, brambles, beech trees - at least it was. It's being tidied now, smartened up, cut back, regimented. We used to pick pounds of blackberries here, now they've gone, complaints are being made about the foxes, squirrels - will they soon go too? I'm sad.
© 2010 nicky linzey for illustration friday

Tuesday, 12 January 2010


I cannot believe this snow and ice has confined us to the house for nearly a week. The house is gleaming, ironing all done, cakes baked, soup made and in the freezer but ... if I don't go out soon I may go mad! On the upside My Jack Russell's been having a great time.
© 2010 nicky linzey for illustration friday

Monday, 4 January 2010


I think that David Hockney says it all in an interview on Radio 4's Today programme early last week. He's talking about what inspires him and you can listen to it here. Just scroll down the page to 0822.
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Thanks Yoon See

Just after Christmas I received some lovely and very thoughtful presents from my blogger friend Yoon See - well she is that kind of person, lovely and thoughtful. She sent me some furry friends, a handmade bookmark, a watermelon pencil case and a lovely snowman card. My favourite was a print of her virtual dog - 'Dommy' - she knows I love dogs! Thank you Yoon See.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Charity Shop Challenge

Happy New Year to everyone, hope you all had great holidays. I'm pleased to report that the Charity Shop Challenge was a great success. Even my brother who was very cynical about the whole thing enjoyed himself. It was great fun seeing what everyone had unearthed and we all ended up with some lovely presents, although one was broken by an over enthusiastic Jack Russell helping to unwrap - sorry - I can't even offer to replace it! Here is a selection above, and below are things I found but selfishly kept.
Must have been good - we've all agreed to do it again next year.