As 2013 draws to a close I am starting to reflect back on what has happened over the past twelve months. Pretty much a year to the day I started Miss Chipie. My first post focussed on the wonderful Balnea Spa in the Pyrénées. Since then I have taken you on a push bike down the pistes cyclables winding through the Landes Forest in South West France, to a beautiful hill-top house close to Gimont just west of Toulouse and on a French road trip through the lovely village of Simorre. My motto being mischief, fun and adventure.
I love meeting creative people and it seemed only natural I would write about them, I wanted to share their work with the world. Over the past year I’ve interviewed a host of creatives including artists Lyndsey Green, Simon Plum, Alison Tootell and Gary Wiggins. Author and illustrator M.P. Robertson, potter Jan Lord, jewellery designer Hazel Lyon, photographer David Kirby, husband and wife duo Bonker*s Clutterbucks and illustrator Wensdi Dougherty.
I’ve loved documenting my adventures with my son; cycle rides down the Lancaster Canal and visiting galleries and museums in nearby cities. It’s strange when you open your eyes to the beauty in the world you see it there all around you. I kept my trusty little point and click Canon in my pocket at all times. I wanted to do one creative thing a day and this inspired Project Tree.
Tracking back through my photos I’ve been a sucker for a sunset too!
I’ve read some amazing books this year, to my son and to myself. One of my favourites has been What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of An Eye by Will Gompertz and for laughs Bossypants by Tina Fey.
One of the highlights of our year was meeting Oliver Jeffers in Manchester. A funny, warm and engaging man, who wrote and illustrated some of my son’s favourite picture books.
Another highlight was meeting and interviewing sculptor Peter Hodgkinson. I was honoured to interview him for Live Ribble Valley, a local lifestyle magazine. His impressive portfolio of work includes the life sized bronze statue of the artist L.S.Lowry that sits in Sam’s Chop House in Manchester and The Splash, the statue of Preston North End’s famous son, Sir Tom Finney.
It has been a magnificent year. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Miss Chipie so far. Thank-you to all of you who have followed, liked and commented on my posts, it has been a huge encouragement. Thank-you so much.
I’ll be back soon with more mischief, fun and adventure.
Miss Chipie x