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Fox & Boo join Buy-From Shropshire at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Nestled in the beautiful Shropshire hills not far from Church Stretton, is the amazing Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Once through the entrance you are transported to a bygone era of real working farm, which is part educational, part fun and part relaxing. When we visited last year, we has expected to stay a few hours, but it was a beautiful day and I was happy to amble round with my sketchbook and camera we were happy to really slow down the pace, whilst my son and nephew just had whale of a time, exploring and meeting the animals. Imagine then, how delighted we were to be invited to be part of the Buy-From Shropshire group that were to stock...

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My First Chapter

And so in the long hot summer of '76, after both my grandparents had passed away, we left my beloved Shropshire and moved to Anglesey, having had a holiday home there for many years. My family sold my grandparents home in Rhydycroesau, and moved there permanently. I was devastated, it was all I had ever known.I do remember quite a lot from my early years but they are just snap shots, moments. I was raised by wolves ... just kidding, but I had two German Shepherd dogs for my best friends, one was ours ... Jason, and the other was my grandfather's ... Cindy. Jason was extremely protective as I recall, but a gentle soul, and good as gold with me....

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Someone to watch over me

Some twenty five years ago, whilst an apprentice at the National Trust, my very dear friend Elaine, begged me to accompany her, whilst she had her palm read. She was about to make a huge life changing decision to emigrate to the Far East, so I willingly went along to lend my support.This was no Gipsy Rose Lee on a coastal promenade, it was  just a little white haired, old lady in her kitchen. All very normal. I sat in the lounge, reading a newspaper, whilst Elaine had her consultation. When she came out, I think she was satisfied with the advice, and it had all appeared to go well.'Why don't you go in? You may as well as you're...

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The Secret of Change ...

How it all began ... In July 2013, whilst reeling from the after effects of a very acrimonious two year divorce battle, countless appearances before a judge to protect my home from my former partner, further hearings to fight the mortgage lender against certain repossession, and then a ridiculous civil claim by my former in-laws, it's fair to say, I just didn't have the time or inclination to think of doing anything remotely creative. Those few years, and the last few years of marriage definitely marked the lowest point in my life and the least productive of my artistic practice.I found sanctuary in my riverside studio during this time, and whilst I fulfilled a few projects, my heart wasn't in...

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