Flowers to fill your home

Living on a narrow boat is a life that my son has chosen and he has now made it part of his work life too. Briastudio is where Stuart can create the most beautiful space from home and travel around the canals of London and bring such colour and vitality to the boat life.

orange tulips
making my shelving a work of art
setting the mood for creating
tulip in a bottle

Over the past few months I have become a pink girl in its many forms. Mainly soft, slightly peachy pink. I love putting mood boards together so that I can stitch small little pockets of creative joy. I tend to spend a few days putting fabrics, lace, trimmings and buttons together and over the days I move things around and add detail .I have such fun in finding what makes me stop and just photograph and stitch. Instead of just thinking about what you want to do I have been freed to embrace the process and just stitch or stick or layer or photograph without too much effort. I sit , I stitch , I photograph. I know what works and what needs more attention. If I feel all fluttery , I know its right for me.

A Visit to Wallington Hall

It has been such amazing weather this February and it is a shame to waste the sunshine. These are the sort of days to get in the car and explore. I decide to get in the car and drive 15 miles up the road and go to Wallington Hall as it is the perfect place to have a stroll with a friend and the pups.


Being a member of The National Trust is a real bonus as you can visit lots of amazing places with no need to worry about the cost . There is a lot going on around the gardens and you can see the amount of work the gardening team have put into the clearing of areas that are overgrown and need attention.

love the delicate grass, its almost like a pencil drawing
looking down the beautiful walled garden
loved this dried floral arrangement in the greenhouse . The squirrels added a bit of fun

I would always recommend joining The National Trust. A good way of doing that is by setting up a direct debit. It is for a good cause and keeps our wonderful heritage safe.

We are very lucky to live in Northumberland and to have some amazing gardens and houses to visit. Most places will allow dogs and there is always something new going on. I

A Little Love


By the margin, willow-veil’d,

Slide the heavy barges trail’d

By slow horses; and unhail’d

The shallop flitteth silken-sail’d

Skimming down to Camelot:

But who hath seen her wave her hand?

Or at the casement seen her stand?

Or is she known in all the land,

The Lady of Shalott? Tennyson

A few photos……

flowers from dads garden.
fabric from

February is the month of love and we are all feeling it in some form or other. The days are changing into a bit of spring and Snowdrops are peeping through the grass. We are not out the woods yet regarding Winter weather, but there are signs of warmer days for us , which will put a spring into our steps.

February is a time for love, flowers and food . Let us fill February with love by celebrating Valentines Day every day .I want to feel the love all of the time and little indulgences are part of my every day. Going for a walk. Meeting with friends. Eating wonderful food in favourites places round Northumberland. Buying flowers, writing letters, making little creative textile pieces, learning a new skill …. just a few pleasures of life.

Everyone can relate to the joy of flowers in your home . I am very fortunate to have a son that is a florist in London.

His joy of all things beautiful and being inquisitive of all things floral , have developed into a wonderful, inspiring career, working with some amazing people and beautiful places round the UK including London and Northumberland, Italy, Hong Kong , Amsterdam Portugal, Edinburgh…..

Stuart has found out how much beauty there is in the place where he has laid his hat, and Hotels, galleries, royal buildings, churches, nightclubs are just part of his world now and our family are lucky enough to share his adventures and follow his floral creations.


Simple pleasures on the boat

What better way is there to live in London, than on a canal boat. Stuart is lucky enough to now own a delightful boat. The canals of London are very diverse and I have had the pure relaxing pleasure of spending time with him. The lifestyle is perfect for Stuart and he now has set up a business from his boat. So , if you are walking along the canals , why not look out for Briar Rose canal boat , where you will be able to purchase flowers . He has a passion for spreading the word and often runs workshops for various florists round London.

So, let us all feel the love . If you don’t have that someone special in your life, just go out and spoil yourself. If you are lucky enough to live in london , keep an eye out for Stuart on his boat….