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I'm Gaynor, welcome to my blog!

I'm a textile designer, sewing tutor and sewing blogger. I absolutely love what I do and I am so fortunate to have been able to follow my creative dream. 

On my blog I'll be sharing creative projects together with sewing hints & tips, as well as my personal creative adventures. I hope you'll join me! 

 

Let's go on safari...

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...in our own back gardens!

Anyone who knows me knows about my love of wildlife. You can see it reflected in my work as well as in my personal life. That passion flows through my family too. We are all passionate supporters of the natural world in all its glory. 

Let's go on safari...

This week's blog title was inspired by an image I created to advertise my fabric collection, which is aptly called "Wildlife Friends" and can be found here (shameless plug).

safari_image

Wouldn't that be lovely though? Just pack up our cases and head off to an exotic location and see all the wonderful wildlife; elephants, giraffes and whales, to name but a few?

Well, hang on a minute, what about all the beautiful, fascinating creatures that can be found under our noses, outside the back door?

Who visits?

It's incredible, and a little sad that we don't always see all the beauty that is so close by. Yet, on the other hand, we may see it but don't always appreciate how lucky we are.

Recently, we've been enjoying watching our resident bats flying around at dusk. The speed they travel at is breathtaking, especially when they fly straight towards the patio door, swerving at the last minute. I don't know which type of bats visit us and I have no idea where they roost, although I would like to find out.

Thinking about all the creatures that visit our garden, I was totally stunned when I began listing them. To think that all of these wonderful creatures roam in my garden makes me so happy. At this point, I would like to point out that I do not live in the countryside; yes we are fortunate to be surrounded by a brook, a canal and green spaces, but we are still very much in the suburbs.

I thought I would list them for you to see, so here goes: we have bats, owls, frogs, field mice, birds of prey (yep, they have actually landed in the garden and fed), hedgehogs, squirrels, foxes, sparrows, goldfinch, starlings, wood pigeons, robins, blue tits, great tits, magpies, crows, blackbirds, a heron that tries very hard to get into the pond next door, and of course the butterflies, bees, moths, ants, slugs, snails, ladybirds, beetles, spiders and invertebrates that also share our space. Apologies to any creatures I have missed off the list!

bath_time_mr_wood_pigeon hello_mr_frog
 mr_field_mouse  heron
 bird_of_prey  beetle
 bumblebee_collecting_pollen  robin_redbreast
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Of course, I mustn't forget the wild and ferocious, resident Dobermann...

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JUNO - stalking through the undergrowth!

Go on your own adventure.

If you feel inspired by my post and decide to venture out into the wilderness outside your home, I'd love to hear about it. It doesn't have to be a garden you investigate, wildlife is all around us we just have to look.

Let me know what you find in the comments or share your photos using #gaynormdesigns over on Instagram.

Until next time...

Gaynor xx

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