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Summer Loving

Oh, man, has it been hot here. Not Thailand hot – when I think about how hot I am feeling, I just remember being on that train to Prachinburi. And then the train back, standing for three hours with my face in a Thai man’s sweaty armpit before I could get a spot hanging off the side of the train – that was amazing. Anyway, I digress. Here’s some snaps from the past couple of weeks, from what will be remembered in years to come as the glorious summer of 2013.

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>> 1. Lots of al fresco dining > 2. The picture postcard field behind our house > 3. The heat gets too much for Maxie sometimes, poor chap > 4. But when it’s shady out front, he does love lying on the grass, as do I > 5. I can make rainbows > 6. Potting table – the garden is bursting with plants! <<


NB: I drafted this post last week. It’s now pissing it down and we’re back to torrential rain and thunder storms. Meh.



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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