I met with friends for the most conjenial Sunday lunch recently, in one of my favourite areas of the city, opposite Nottingham Castle. (The Castle is just about to get a multi million pound makeover – how lucky are we?)
I walked past these amazing buildings on the historic Standard Hill on the way back to the car. The road is so called to commemorate the raising of the standard by King Charles 1 in 1642, the start of the English Civil War.
The round tower was a circular Victorian hospital ward which opened in 1900 as part of Nottingham General Hospital’s Jubilee Wing.
These buildings literally take my breath away – my fingers are itching to depict them in some way, so inspiring.
I have made another 12 terraced houses from machine applique, ready to show at the forthcoming Art Trail. This is turning into a slight obsession!
I have enjoyed the challenge of representing the beautiful colours of Victorian architecture, different perspectives and textures – but they did send me slightly batty with all the time they took to create! In some places there are 8 layers of stitching.
I have been busy in my kitchen over the last week – making 400+ gingerbread Christmas trees for concerts, presents and fuddles.
That may seem a lot – but when my baking business, Classy Cupcakes and Posh Patisserie, was in full flow a few years ago this was small fry around this time of the year. It has been fun this year, but I will not be baking professionally again any time soon.
Mind you, I had a great time this September preparing possibly the hardest cake I have ever made for my godson’s wedding. A huge Lego inspired cake! I had to transport it down to Sussex and I remembered that the most stressful time of any bake is the delivery…thankfully this one was OK. Phew!