How to really grow food in your backyard Here I share with you the secrets that have transformed me from a gardener with a not-very-productive vegie patch, to growing most of my family's fruit and veg.
Traditional Foods My health has dramatically improved after changing my diet for a more traditional way of eating, as advised by Sally Fallon.
Food Flower Poster Forget the food pyramid! It was developed by the agricultural industry, not by nutritionists. Instead, print this Food Flower poster, which shows a visual guide to choosing nutritious and satisfying traditional foods.
The night after our amazing portrait discovery, Jenine and I set about adding colour to the faces we'd drawn. This is a mix of coloured pencil, pastel and watercolour. I liked it even better after using it as just another page in my journal and writing over her face with a piece of charcoal.
I wish it weren't such a notable event, to have exercised. But there you have it. I rode my bike to the pool, swam, stretched, sauna'd, washed my hair (shock!), and generally tended to my personal care. It was so noteworthy that it warranted its own page in my journal.
Jenine and I enrolled in Suzi Blu's portrait's class. We sat up late one night in front of the fire, watching the video of the first class. It all seemed so complicated and cerebral and we were both thinking "Huh?".... but then we decided to just quickly do a face, following the ideas Suzi Blu showed us, and see what happened.
Somehow all the confusion from the video and class notes melded themselves into something coherent. Within an hour (oops, the after midnight hour), we both had a face.
Considering that all I've been able to do until now is a little U for a nose, and that all the lips I've been doing are completely stylised, I'm thrilled to have produced this. It's not stunning, but I can't believe it came from my own hand, and that just the day before I did this, there was NO WAY I could have produced anything close to this. Jenine felt the same about her face. We both went to bed in awe...
It's been a while since I've blogged. The little chickens I posted about last time are big and fat now, and next weekend is going to be D-Day. In the meantime, I've been very busy with the third book in The Grimstones series: Whirlwind. I went away with Jenine Davidson, my very dear friend and co-illustrator, for an illustration retreat. It was bliss, heaven.. a perfect bubble of art, as we illustrated by day and journaled by night. I didn't want even a second out of that for anything extraneous, such as blogging! Anyway, here it is, the cover we created for the new book. It's coming out in December, just in time for Christmas. And it's about topics very dear to my heart, such as rabbits, spinning and sustainable textiles.. though they didn't say "sustainable" back in the time of The Grimstones....