Winter is more than edging in. The dark nights and dank mornings have changed the feel of the days. I've missed the fireworks of the leaves changing and falling. Soon we'll be past the shortest day and we can start to look forward to the light returning.

Ah Sunflower

With all the wet weather and warm interludes, there has been some spectacular colours this autumn and a late harvest of produce in our garden; honey from the bees, apples from the orchard and a bounty of vegetables from the veg beds and greenhouses.

All of Christina's latest paintings are on view at the Robinson-Gay Gallery in Hexham. The gallery exhibits the work of a number of top artists, so please visit, or check out their website. Sarah's Christmas show has a wall featuring Christina's paintings.

More details about the Dennis Kilgallon gallery on their website. It can be found at NE47 8JP on your SATNAV. Please note that the gallery is open weekends from 11.00 - 5.00. You can arrange for it to open other times by calling 07496 754601.

The Allendale Forge is open every day, except a couple over Christmas and New Year. It has a lot of work by local artists and sells every kind of craft. It's entirely volunteer staffed, except the cafe which has lovely food and drinks.

The Queens Hall Arts Centre in Hexham is the major arts venue west of Newcastle. It has an art gallery alongside a theatre and features local and touring exhibitions. Well worth a visit.

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Looking forward

Christina writes: 'I now have my view back. They took down the scaffolding blocking a large slice of my view. I can see the landscape where I was working on paintings in spring. Of course, now the trees are nearly bare, so I will have to wait until next year to return to them, but at least I have that part of my world returned to me.


I have though, managed to complete some paintings including some of our summer visitors, butterflies and sunflowers. These are now hanging on a wall at Robinson-Gay Gallery in Hexham.