The Easter holidays have started. Any work will be a challenge. P4WD on hold.


With my ‘chief technical problem solver’ yesterday I tested the supports for the new GYO*BYO flowers. Trying to keep it natural we are going to graft some branches onto the trees. – I think this should work quite well and was just worried about the strength of the branches but this seems to be fine.

See what you think.


ok this is speedy post. boys are in the garden playing… i think I have about three minutes before they try to kill each other again and I am back in mediationmummy mode.

Got some sounds working today… am going with a theme of Mongolian Throat Warbling. Not quite what I expected but sounding suitably ethereal. (if a little gruff).

Mouthorgan madness produced nothing but debris. Shame as I’m sure I could get it to work if only I had a bit of expertise. I shall consult my friendly instrument man at the weekend.

On an expected note – rejection from Summer Exhibition plopped neatly onto the doormat – right on time. Fifty quid down the proverbial – how depressing.


I had a whole load of stuff to write on Friday after a day in the studio and came home to write it then realised that I had already done a blog post in the morning – two posts in one day looks a little too obsessed. So now I can’t remember anything that I was going to write about – typical.

So anyway today I managed to raise £141.16 for RNIB towards my target of £1500 London Marathon pledge. The lovely staff of Waitrose Rushden let me fundraise with BLUES, the noisy interactive flowers that I took to Edinburgh last year. Thankfully no actual complaints were lodged and I don’t think they were paying me to go away….

The highlight of the day was when a visually impaired girl, probably aged about 4 or 5, interacted with it and managed to see the switches which are illuminated. She also liked touching the flowers wihich are quite an interesting texture, patchwork and varied with stitching. Somehow after that it all seemed extra worthwhile.

Thank you to all who donated!

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I am now reaching the ‘tricky’ stage with several projects. My GYO*BYO flowers look great but I can’t quite get the sounds to work in a way that would not have everyone running for the hills – in this case – unlike BLUES, the idea is not to sound dreadful, but good. Having spent several hours yesterday generating some appallling sounds (not just the expelitives falling from my frustrated mouth) I am no nearer a solution. The good news is that I have eliminated a lot of options. But, where do I go from here?