Thursday, 25 June 2015

those clement frank words.


little clement frank has been talking up a storm more and more.
he says "hiya caudie" and "lurve oo caudie" to his brother non-stop.  
"porrige peese" is his most favourite breakfast, then he tugs himself up to sit next to the stove top and helps stir, firmly saying "me do it. my do it".
he asks "why?" around a hundred times a day, calls muffins "fluffins" and says "oh ouch" anytime he gets dirty.
he adores humming and singing as much as his big brother. these past few weeks they have taken to singing this tune, with clement swaying his head to-and-fro til it's his turn to sing "a messadge to oo rudy-ee. a messadge to ooo." 

he is such a funny and smart little boy. twenty five months suits him.




Sunday, 14 June 2015

a shop.


since we moved to nova scotia I have been making under the name 'coombes and dark'. selling coombes and dark cards and prints in some independent stores here, and at fairs. now, finally, there is a coombes and dark etsy store, selling the collages, cards and art prints world wide.

named after the maiden names of my two talented grandmas; virtue coombes and hilda dark.
coombes and dark is a thank you for all they shared. and through it I hope their hard working, spirited ways will continue on.

to read more click here. 

and please spread the word to anyone who might like the shop.
thank you.





Sunday, 7 June 2015

for nan.


documenting sadness is tough to do.
more so when it is a sadness from the passing of someone so dear to you. 
trying to understand how the world will be without them. 
to reason with the tide of tears that comes rushing with no warning, and the hundreds of miles of sea separating where she was and where we are. 

no matter the distance, times such as these will always be hard.
and on those moments when thoughts become too foggy to understand, there is this picture, of my nanna when she was ten years old at school. the tomboy and adventurer who went on to teach us all so much. her childhood tales, smiles and determination will always be with us. 

and these two boys will be able to look through their sepia family albums, knowing they met their great nanna, and remember how loved they felt by her, and what an incredible spirit she shared.