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On my Christmas wish list: A pet sheep

Dear Father Christmas, if you can fit him on your sleigh, I would very much like a pet sheep. Much love xxx

When I lived in the Lake District in the UK, the owner of the hotel I worked at also owned a flock of prize winning sheep. Not ever having fancied sheep much (except for their delicious legs) living in the midst of sheep country, I really did get to know these funny creatures a whole lot better.

Contrary to popular belief they are not as stupid as folks think, and within their flock, the Mums all take turns to baby sit the lambs – it’s so sweet seeing five or six little lambs frolicking in the daisies together, with one watchful ewe resting in the shade nearby.
Thankfully I was privileged enough to be around during lambing season and so got to hold an almost brand new baby – her coat was soft but bristly and she smelt SO amazing (as most young due). A truly wonderful experience.

While trawling through vintage photos on Pinterest I found loads of pics of people with what would appear to be pet sheep.
SO… I now want one too! Never mind that our front courtyard is the size of a large postcard – my new fleecy companion and I will make do! I am not sure how Stripes (#bestcat) will take to her new hoofed sibling, but we will try to keep him off the furniture and out of her pellet bowl.

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On my Christmas wish list: An embroidered kitty shirt

Dear Father Christmas – please, please, please can I also have a purrfectly crisp white linen shirt embroidered by Hiroko Kubota. Thanks so much – xxx

Apparently these amazing shirts were first made for Hiroko Kubota’s cat obsessed son. Kubota is a Japanese embroidery artist who’s talents are being snapped up as her gorgeous shirts sell like hot cakes. You can see more of her photos here and check out her Etsy shop here.

So adorable – I am in love!

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All photos by Hiroko Kubota

Your Pet and You

Do you have a pet (or two)? We do, Stripes is her name and she is the world’s best cat. If you follow me on Instagram you will be very familiar with my feline companion, little business partner and shadow. Stripey Cat rules the roost in our house and life would not be the same without her.

I am sure I am not the only one who dotes over their pet, in fact I know I am not alone. You only have to go to De Waal park on a Sunday afternoon to see the numbers. People are obsessed with their four legged friends.

Tobias Lang had a brilliant idea, he started photographing his friends and their pets and suddenly folks from all over the world where asking him to capture them too. Check out his Facebook page to see. Tobias is in the process of putting together a coffee table book of his impressive collection. Here are a few of my favorites.

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All photos are by Tobias Lang, check out more of his Your Pet and You collection here

Watery stares

Anne Siems’s watery, almost ghost like paintings are mysterious and intriguing. Each figure seems to stare back at you with a sad, trapped expression.

To quote Anne herself, her paintings depict: “Ideas about life and death, sensuality, sexuality, nature, experiences in the realm of dreams, psyche and spirit are my ongoing topic”. The subtle influence of the European masters and early American folk art is very evident in Anne’s work.

I love the way her whimsical characters seem to capture you in their stoney stares. Truly brilliant.

Read more about Anne Siems here.

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