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So I bought a telescope and a painting of a dog at the charity shop.
June 9, 2017, 9:21 am
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My most favourite scientist in the world is my doctor. She interprets the results of my blood tests and makes recommendations I  listen and agree with her. That whole experiment with the pork pie making has had the inevitable but unintended consequence of driving my cholesterol levels up and I am going to have to take action to get it down.

The doctor and I talked about her coming retirement and what she was going to do. I was telling her about the importance of getting the ‘toys’ in place. For me this is helping my husband manage his guitar collection. He loves the whole experience of falling in love with a new guitar and then he finds a new guitar and he falls in love with it. My job is to dispatch the ‘failed’ guitars because by ‘hanging around’ he becomes conscious that buying guitars ‘might’ be a waste of money. I actively encourage him to buy them because the falling in love with them gets results.

So I fessed up about the lard, lurpak, goose fat habit I got in to in the last 18 months or so and what I am going to do about it and I told her I was going direct to a charity shop to buy a telescope that I had seen last night and didn’t buy because it was junk. But on the other hand it’s a design of telescope I like and it’s £7 and if I use it and decide I need a better one which is going to cost several hundred pounds then I have made a good choice. I bought dog painting for £2  because it needed a good home and I recognise and appreciate the undoubtable skill in the execution of it.

My doctor told me she wanted to learn wood work and to be competent using tools I told her to go and find a young man who has a furniture making business and buy some one to one tuition.

I am going to go out to buy a joint of beef, parsnips, red wine, king Edward potatoes and cheese for a last hurrah.


June 9, 2017, 7:43 am
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Since I was a little child I have loved printing and books. It is a constant force in my life.

This is a scrap book I made to collate all the prints I make.

the task in hand
June 9, 2017, 6:41 am
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The task in hand is to function as a person who binds books and has a large allotment. It does not matter that the books can’t reach their market it’s enough that they are ‘made’

The point of the allotment is to create to the best of my abilities a traditional English allotment which means as I understand it to produce vegetables all year round and to be effective in my practice.

On being effective in the world.
June 8, 2017, 9:46 am
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So I used to make books and now I have an allotment. I want to be the Deirdre who stood at the bench and made books. Not the books that I sent to the craft shop to fail. I want to make books for real people. I can no longer make books just for practice. I cant justify the using of my dwindling supplies. I may have made very little money but what I got I spent on tools and materials.

Whats stopping me is that my work room is a bit out of control and I have lost the will to get to grips with it. And as if by magic the fog has lifted and there is a way out.

Just get on with it, go now and do a little bit, clear it up, list stuff on ebay, put stuff in the bin, try and get the drawers back in the unit and if you fail then you can take a saw to the runner and it will cease to be a problem.


I am going to be effective rather than be a hostage.


It’s alright ma I’m only bookbinding.
April 28, 2017, 10:11 am
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So I sorted out all the paper in the drawers and identified what I had accumulated.

There is the remains of jeffery paper, other people’s marbled paper, my marbled paper, my painted paper, hand made paper with flowers and twigs in it I also came across this scrap of a paper by the much missed Ann Muir.


I also came across a collection of paper which I absolutely loved but had no luck with.

This paper is from a French factory which makes decorative cloth flowers you know for hats and the like.


The paper caught the drips of dyes from the flowers.



Thats a scrap of Jane’s ‘funny animals’ paper on top.


I like these papers a lot. They are strong, bold and random. They are what they are.

The best part of yesterday was I found some endpapers that I had painted and would make for an good sized book, I found a drawer full of a very nice paper that I can bind, I cleared a shelf of unfinished, unpurposed book that quietly mocked me and I put them in a box. Sometimes it’s like the creepy ventriloquist puppet that talks from inside the case.

So I am slightly ever so back in love with bookbinding again. I am sorting out the work area. I am sure the drawers will fit back in to the case.


And when that happens I am going to label every single drawer. Correctly.

scraps of paper
April 27, 2017, 11:55 am
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I have kept all the offcuts of the papers.

found this
April 27, 2017, 9:41 am
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Going through the drawers I am finding collections of paper that I have put together and have not found a use for and it occurs to me that I could use them like ‘plates’ that I make books that are ‘illustrated’ with paper samples. That perhaps a journal could benefit with a break now and again. A bit of marbled paper here and there. To break the tedium of unlined white.