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A delight of traditional Chinese gardens is the way the eye is led through spaces framed by windows and doors, themselves works of art.

Life and Art in Suzhou.

Traveling in China in the spring of 2016 we visited a number of beautiful old villages, exploring their architecture and seeing how this relates to the current owners use of the buildings.

Although the tiny terraced fields on the cliffs of West Cornwall are long abandoned, narcissus appear each spring and flower in wonderful variety.

With a winter so mild I am surrounded by a wonderful array of flowers and so have decided to join the Valentines Day Flower Count instigated by the National Trust in Devon and Cornwall. Here they are.

The first sunshine of the year came on the third day and I and the bees came out to enjoy its warmth, the bees feasting on the nectar of Tree Heather.

The Peschanka Dunes of Kazakhstan were formed 60 million years ago and so plants and animals are well adjusted to this sandy environment. The Toad-headed Agamas merge seamlessly with the sand, hardly visible until they move, but once seen these lizards are entrancing to watch.

Through the long days of summer I brought the blue and white flowers of Agapanthus, Romneya and Nigella into my studio, creating their likenesses in textile collage. Although winter has now come I have balanced these elements below a blue sky with billowing clouds. Blue butterflies dance in the air, and I can feel the delight of summer despite the gloom outside.

Buzzards often fly overhead, but there are closer encounters with the birds that use the windswept hawthorn trees along our quiet roads for perches. They fly up as cars approach, dwarfing the hawthorns.

I take real delight in seeing clothes drying on the washing line, absorbing all that fresh air and sunshine. The butterflies like sun-soaked fabric too.

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