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Newsletter update

If you have signed up to receive my newsletter, you will realise that I am not a very prolific newsletter creator, in fact I have only sent one since I set it up!  However, I have spent today’s bank holiday reading various Mailchimp guides and have discovered that as well as giving you options to receive my occasional artist newsletter, I can also set it up to automatically email you blog posts, my Instagram photos or my Pinterest boards.  If you are interested in any of these, fill in the form on the right and I will arrange to have you sent them as frequently as you specify.

If you are already a subscriber to my email, I have retained your email settings to just receive my artist newsletter, so don’t worry, you won’t suddenly be inundated!  However, if you would also like to receive the above additional ones, let me know and I will add you.

Update:  I’ve just noticed I haven’t added a ‘daily’ option… if you would like this option added, let me know…

Note on comments

Just wanted to give a quick note on leaving comments on this blog.

Recently I’ve had a number of comments which seem genuine but when I click on the link given, it goes to some sort of advertising site. I would just like to say that if you leave a comment with a link to a site like this, the comment will be marked as spam, whether it seems genuine or not. So if you do have a site like this but wish to leave a comment, please leave the url field blank. Everyone who comments for the first time automatically goes to moderation so it will only get through if I don’t judge it as spam.

If you have tried to leave a comment in the past and had problems or wonder why it hasn’t appeared, do send me a message via the Contact Form.


I’ve been having a bit of a blogging break for the last few weeks.  I feel that I’m recharging my batteries after blogging for 6 years now (I started in January 2005 – phew!).  But hopefully I shall be back soon with renewed vigour!

I have also decided not to keep up my Etsy shop so if you go there you’ll find it all blank and bare, but I will keep it there for a while in case I ever decide to open it again.  In the meantime, I hope to put my artwork and my gocco printed moleskine notebooks up on my website and have spent this afternoon putting lots of photos with dimensions and titles, etc, up on my Facebook page.

I’ve been feeling a bit blocked with regard to my art recently, which is probably why I haven’t been feeling like writing about it!  Though I have kept up with my sketchbooks so will put up some photos when I have taken some.   I have been doing lots of monotonous but strangely addictive transcribing of Staffordshire burials for Freereg, which aims to put as many parish register entries as possible up on line freely available.  Sometimes the parish priests left little comments such as ‘drowned when stealing turnips on the sabbath’, which enlivens the process for me a bit!

A few people have asked about using WordPress for blogging, so I thought that over the next few months I would do a series of step by step tutorials for anyone who is thinking of trying it out. 

And I’m definitely going to get some hens in the near future, so I’ll be reviewing the hen book and no doubt posting lots of pics!!

Meanwhile, I’ll brighten up this post with a bit of local graffiti:


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