Textile Design – I had to do it.

Hello Design Fans, As most of you know fabric design, is generally known as textile design which includes designing for weaving, knitting or printing. Surface Pattern Design encompasses textiles as well as other surfaces that can be ‘ornamented’ and in this day and age it is surprising where these designs might be used. Wallpaper designs… Continue reading Textile Design – I had to do it.

The Accidental Designer

Hi, I’m Andrea, the (accidental)designer for Bells & Whistles by Kanda Images This is where I’ll be talking pattern design mainly for fabrics but other surfaces may put in guest appearances from time to time.  In the first couple of instalments I’ll tell you about how it all started and from there on, we’ll see! My… Continue reading The Accidental Designer

The Mills & working towards Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).

There are different types of cloth mill, cotton, tweed, even a silk mill, but the ones I’m mostly interested in are the cotton mills. In the areas where the mills were located they were probably the most biggest employers around, even employing children from a very early age. Some mills were built with the view… Continue reading The Mills & working towards Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).

Weald & Downland

We have visited the Weald & Downland Working Museum many times over many years. With all the difficulty suffered by such organisations in the pandemic we decided to answer their plea and rejoin as ‘Friends’ after taking a couple of years off. We were able to visit safely in the early summer enjoying picnics and… Continue reading Weald & Downland

Bastles & Views

The county of Northumberland is unique in its history for the acts of the Border Reivers from around the 14th to the early 17th centuries. Border Reivers struck fear into people’s of the border areas of Scotland and England. These ‘Reivers were gangs made up of individuals from kin or clan of each country. They… Continue reading Bastles & Views


October 2020, we filled Tabby the Alphy with a few clothes, our camera gear and emergency biscuits. Northumberland was the destination for a week. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat, we were keen to avoid crowded areas and the masses of open space in Northumberland solved that problem. We stopped overnight at Farm Shop Services… Continue reading Northumberland

Arnol & Shieling Village

Arnol Not far from Shawbost is the village of Arnol. Famous for its Blackhouses (No.s 39 & 42) and a Whitehouse (No. 39). Blackhouses were family homes for several hundred years on the Isle of Lewis although many of the ruins seen are no more than 150 years old. The houses were built of rough… Continue reading Arnol & Shieling Village


Stacs at Aird Feinis (Mangersta)

One of the locals who stopped for a chat on Shawbost beach suggested we find and photograph the Bothy at Mangersta. On a grey morning we set off towards Uig and the dramatic drive towards our destination The narrow ribbons of tarmac interspersed with ‘passing places’ wound through the landscape punctuated by lochs, hills and… Continue reading Mangersta


July 2020, Scotland is ‘open’. After months of lockdown and working all the way through since March (in essential services), we were able to book a cottage in Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis. In mid-August we filled Tabby (our Toyota Alphard) with a few clothes to make sure we had space for the cameras,… Continue reading Photography

Weald & Downland part 3.

Here we are back at the Weald & Downland again, this time we are looking at the Beauty that is all around! It’s amazing that even with this horrible pandemic we are experiencing “Nature” does not stop showing us all its glory! The gardens of the buildings in Spring, Summer and Autumn are abound with… Continue reading Weald & Downland part 3.

Weald & Downland part 2

The Weald & Downland Working museum is a fantastic place to learn about our history, it has many different buildings from all through the past.To be able to run this museum you need an army of volunteers who work along side of the permanent staff as (when we are not in Lockdown restrictions) throughout the… Continue reading Weald & Downland part 2

The Dhail Bheag Hop and Last Night at Shawbost

On the day before we left the Isle of Lewis to return home, our final outing was just a couple of miles down the road from Shawbost to Dhail Bheag (Dalbeg). We took a wander over to the ruined Blackhouse and Croft house. The strength of the croft building was very impressive although it was… Continue reading The Dhail Bheag Hop and Last Night at Shawbost