Sunday, August 14, 2011

Troll Team

OK -revelation of the week. You have to hit the “return “ key to leave a facebook comment! Who knew? Obviously everyone except me. I’ve been blithely leaving comments on the site and wondering why they never show up. All I can say is thank goodness for Sarah who explained it all to me last night. I’ve begun to leave a few comments again with better luck this time -so if you were hoping for a comment and I didn’t respond -it’s very likely I did and just never sent it out into the realm that is facebook. As I said last week -I’m getting there slowly -I just didn’t realize quite HOW slowly! Oh well -I blame the faeries.

We’ve been extra busy working on the Troll book this week. Deadlines loom and we seem to progress by inches. I’m hoping that it only SEEMS like that. We must be making progress really! Brian has been photographing “troll artifacts” which has turned our kitchen table into something that looks like the aftermath of a strange but really interesting archaeological dig - If any of you know the program “Time Team (a favorite of ours) then this is ‘Troll Team”. Our neighbor came over to deliver some eggs (from the chickens we can see from our livingroom window) and she took one look at the table and backed out shaking her head -obviously not a fan of the strange and slightly worrying. Lovely eggs though.

We did have a day out. We try to take one day off a week and DO something apart from working. We are members of the National Trust, which allows us in to lots of Stately Homes, beautiful gardens, etc. and we’re determined to use our membership more often - so we’ve been exploring a bit. We chose Dunster Castle, which is in (aha) Dunster, near Exmoor and the North Devon-Somerset coast. It’s a beautiful, small town that those of you who watch Agatha Christie’s “Poirot” may recognize. Anyway -some pictures of Brian for you -even one that reminded us of Labyrinth. And palm trees -quite a surprise, considering it’s Exmoor (we do have them on the South Coast -hence the name “English Riviera”).




Here is the sketch of the week. We all know that children shouldn’t stick things in their ears - but that doesn’t seem to apply to Froudian creatures.

And some more nice Highland cows. I’m only showing you because I like them so much.


The sun just came out! This is quite an event. We haven’t seen it in a long time. Actually not seeing it makes having to stay in doors and work a bit easier -but, now that it’s here, I think I’ll take advantage of it and go for a walk with Elfie.


  1. Love it! I love the trays of 'artifacts', I'm a 'Time Team' fan too, Archaeologist was on my list of 'things I want to be when I grow up' when I was young. If I was your friendly egg-delivering neighbour, I would have wanted Brian to explain the significance of each piece, which 'strata' of the dig they'd been found in, and what they were most likely used for! I can't wait to see the finished book.

  2. I've just discovered your blog and am loving it and those highland cows. I didn't know they came in 'blond'. Live and learn. Unlike your eggy neighbour, you would have had to throw me out by force with all the goodies on display.

    Enjoy the sun while it lasts, isn't that what life is all about?

  3. I too would have had to be extracted from your kitchen with a crowbar! It's such a treat to get a glimpse into your creative world. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!
    Oh, and Facebook? they keep on CHANGING things! No sooner do I understand than POW! it changes again. By the way, I haven't managed to find your facebook page, could you perhaps point me in the right direction? I would love to follow you there too.

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  5. Thanks Kristy. I'm glad you like the blog. Our Facebook page is

  6. Trolls artifacts are greats! Have you better photos? Is it for the Troll book or Wendy's art dolls? But Trolls are scandinavian so why put on them celtic knot and no runes or nordic symbols like Aegishjalm or Vegvisir?