In 2017 I decided to open my website with my monthly 'Journal' page instead of the traditional 'bio' Here I endeavour to explain some useful knowledge pertaining to the creation of a visual piece using photography and examples.


Every now and again the photos within this website will be changed (so do please check them occasionally!) but as this isn't done every month the Journal page was created so that each month there is something new to read and see!


(Links to previous News Letters can be found at the bottom of the page.)



I had a lovely visit with my mother and brother who braved the Canadian winter and joined us for Christmas and the New Year. In early January it was my brother's birthday so I did a needle-felted picture for him.

I did a Steam train for him as not only do we share a passion for these wonderful engineered locomotives, but he works in the engineering workshop renovating  carriages and wagons for the steam preservation railway, The South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon in England.  This is a great website with lots of information and links to other areas. They even have a 'live stream' web cam which today showed it was even snowing in Devon, England!!


When steam trains were replaced by diesel many went to the scrap yards but fortunately many were rescued and preserved to carry on serving the public. There are many preservation railways which are really living museums. There is nothing more nostalgic than the sound and smell of a steam train! Travelling on one during a starlit winters night is beautiful! It is not surprising that there are many holidays that can be taken where the trip is on a steam train traversing the countryside stopping at interesting locations en route. Visiting these preservation railways is a great way to spend the day.


The advent of diesel changed many things. One that may  seem insignificant proved quite a challenge. Many houses back onto railway lines. Woman said that when the trains changed from steam to diesel they couldn't get their curtains clean any more as the diesel left a nasty oily grime behind.


The featured steam train in my needle-felted picture is 1369, a GWR 0-6-0 PT that originally worked for Cornwell Mineral Railway. (GWR stands for Great Western Railway, and 0-6-0 depicts the wheel configuration). When steam was replaced by diesel these engines needed preserving. The whole history behind this engine and that of the South Devon Railway can be found on the website mentioned above.

And of course, I can't end without adding a couple of photos of our new kittens that love helping out with my projects!

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