Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'


Like the majority of the country today I am holed up here whilst the rain lashes down and gust of (up to) 60mph huff and puff with all their might.

Fortunately there have been no casualties - that I know of - especially with fallen trees, lack of electricity and bins disappearing down the end of road.

Despite the gales though I can not hear (at all) any clanking or smashing of bin lids and plant pots.

Anyway - I hope you're all safe today?

Now I know it's the eleventh day today and even though I sat at eleven with my silence and my thoughts I really do not know what else I can add as so many of you have said and pictured it so mindfully.

So instead I thought I would post a couple of pictures of something cheery and yellow - again - and that it just so happens I made.

Another 'little yellow top' but this time in some Cloud 9 fabric from M is for Make and for the first time ever, an attempt at a Japanese sewing pattern which was 'phew' to make, but very satisfying and once I had figured out the pattern, traced and snipped everything seemed to fall into place.

Now Kate at M did say to me 'that if I used my common sense then Japanese patterns are really straight forward' which I did take on board, but my sewing knowledge is fairly limited so I winged it a little.....and changed the style of the sleeve.

I don't think the top has been sewn as precisely as the instructions read, but then again I don't read (or speak) Japanese so a little guess work and referring to English sewing patterns trying to figure out the gist of things has paid off - I think.

Though I'm not too sure if I am 100% happy with the result.

Don't get me wrong I love the fabric and the look of it when it is hanging - on the hanger - but it does feel a little bit restrictive to wear, despite the oversize'ness' of it and the boat neck.

I'm just wondering if it will loosen and feel much more floaty and lived it when I've worn it a little - maybe.

Though hey ho, there is no harm in trying and the best thing is - that I have only just come to realise these past couple of months - it's only fabric and if I don't like it then I'll just snip it up and make something else.

Here's wishing you're keeping safe and warm today - whether you have hideous weather or not.

{I took this picture last June - one of many - on the way back from a dearly beloved Grandmother's funeral - I think she would of found it fitting}