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I recently treated myself to some new paintbrushes, but it wasn’t until they arrived that I realised just how much I needed them!!  These are exacty the same size and shape of brush from the same manufacturer (Rosemary & Co) but one is brand new and one, er, isn’t!! 

 The new ones are an absolute joy to use.

Making the most of my few days off during the summer holidays, yesterday my girls and I went over to Banchory for a lovely day out. 

Unfortunately we visited a small, independent shop with the most incredibly grumpy owner you can imagine.  I’ve been in this particular shop before and she has been lovely and friendly, but yesterday she was actually really unpleasant.  I can only imagine that she doesn’t like children, but my girls are well behaved and aged 10 and 12 – hardly toddlers with sticky fingers!  The girls looked around excitedly, and she glared at them at every opportunity.   

It probably does us shopkeepers good to have the occasional experience like that as it strengthens your resolve NEVER to do that to your own customers!!  Maybe she was having a bad day, but I really do think that customers should always come first and bad impressions always stay with people for a long time. 

Anyway, we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Raemoir Garden Centre, a trip to Meg’s Attic – great needlework/ craft shop –  and a long play in the park before rounding off our day with a visit to The Chocolate Shop 

They serve the yummiest hot chocolate – your glass is lined with melted milk chocolate, filled with hot milk and then topped with a milk chocolate disc which then melts into the milk.  Absolutely divine!!!


Last week my family and I enjoyed a fabulous holiday in beautiful Worcestershire.  It’s such a lovely part of the country – all lush and green with some great places to visit.  

Great view of Worcester Cathedral.


So, after a week of relaxation, we’re back and raring to go again!  I’m still working on completely changing the Starfish Studio website and am continually frustrated at my lack of understanding of all things web related.  The site is built and ready to go, but it’s the transferring from one host to another, transferring of email addresses etc that is holding me up.  Hopefully it’ll all happen later this week.  

I was born a few years too early to have had any computer-related education.  By the time I left secondary school, there was one BBC computer in the building.  It lived in the school library and I’m not really sure that it was actually used for anything!  How times have changed. 

Away from the frustrations of the computer I’m working on some new mixed media ideas. 



The inspiration came from various elements of paintings I’ve already done.  It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the hills are 3D with lots of texture. 



Now for the really hard part – choosing a frame and deciding on a price…

The school holidays got off to a great start yesterday when we popped into Montrose to have a wee look at some of the new shops.  It’s great to see a bit of life being injected into the town, which has been looking decidedly sad since Woollies closed down.  We found a new sweetie shop and a new homewares shop amongst others. 

Then we went down to the beach.  It was warm but a bit overcast – great for the girls to have fun in the sea without worrying about them getting burned.  I settled down with a good book and let them get on with it!

There were a few other people on the beach but the girls had loads of space to themselves.

Looking towards Johnshaven in the far distance.

After we’d been there for an hour or so , some grey clouds started gathering, and it got me thinking about how Montrose Beach would look if we had guaranteed warmth and sunshine.  I didn’t like the picture it conjured up one little bit.

Aaaaaargh! No thanks!

OK, so I’m not very good at drawing stuff on the computer, but you get the idea!


We are so lucky to have miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches around our coast, unlikely to ever be spoiled by overdevelopment thanks to the climate here. 

Looking the other way - Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

Anyway, the grey clouds got closer and closer and started dropping big fat drops of rain on to my book, which was clearly a sign that it was time to go.

Next week we’ll be away down to Worcestershire for a family holiday, leaving Starfish Studio in the very capable hands of Morag and Hilary.  I’m hoping to launch an exciting new website when we return… watch this space!

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