For the second time, last year, Hazel took part in NaNoWriMo
Novel Writing Month) and wrote another 50,000 word novel,
"Wet Luck" in just one month. Her two free printed copies have
just arrived. As you can see from her acknowledgements, she wasn't
short of other critical things to do at the time, so it represents
quite a feat of concentration.
9 May 2013
It's been a while since we've posted one of Hazel's compositions
here. She spent a long time editing the video for this one.
10 December 2012
For mummy's birthday Hazel made her a model of Alice doing Tai
Chi, which actually stands up, though it was too difficult to
photograph that way:
...and a card that was well covered in stick-on bling (apologies
for the blurriness of the scan but the bling was awfully thick):
13 November 2012
During half term Hazel recorded her latest composition with her
guitar teacher. Aside from the electric guitar you can hear,
it is all her composition, playing and singing.
13 October 2012
Daddy asked for egg cups for this birthday and so Hazel painted
four for him:
From left to right the themes are moths, Ramone, eggcellence and
He also got a card:
30 July 2012
Hazel has published a work in progress - just a segment from her
first tune on the Liuqin. She's having some trouble with
recording quality so a microphone and stand are needed before she
17 June 2012
For Fathers Day this year Hazel made daddie Champagne
Truffle Ice Cream, with real champagne and real champagne
truffles in it, served in a Hot Tub. It was very
27 May 2012
Hazel has published two more songs. First is To Do List
where the riff is probably her best yet.
Then an expression of one of her obsessions, Backwards Song.
7 March 2012
Hazel has been revising chemistry and decided to write a
song about polymers, partly as an aide memoir and partly
because it was more fun than revising chemistry. Leo is
behind the camera.
7 March 2012
Last November Hazel wrote a
50,000 word novel as part of NaNoWriMo (National
Novel Writing Month). We thought this was rather
amazing: not too much pre-planning, meet the daily word
count and the result has a rather good twisty-turny
plot. It must be all that training in FanFics that did
it. Anyway, she gets 5 copies of the actual novel,
with cover designed by her, all 155 pages of her stuff.
Doodle From Form
27 January 2012
In her free time during her
"form" class at school Hazel often spends her time
doodling. This is her most recent doodle, on the back
of a scrap of A4 paper. We wonder what a psychologist
would make of it.
16 January 2012
Hazel made Jenny a rather
marvellous small comic book for her birthday this
year. It is set in Jenny's flat in Glasgow (which has
a transparent dome in the ceiling), involves popcorn and
chilli (Jenny's favourites) and also involves her
neighbours, who's son collects Harry Potter wands.
Click on the cover below to read it.
19 October 2011
For the last two years Hazel
has been working, on and off, on this spiral doodle.
She has kept it in her "unfinished things" file to return
to. Now it is done.
9 October 2011
For his birthday this year
Hazel made daddy a chrysalis in which were stashed several
home made cookies in the shape of butterflies. The
chrysalis is based on that of Nelson,
who stayed with us a few months ago. The cookies were
really yummy and the chryalis itself looked marvellous.
20 June 2011
For Father's Day this year
Hazel made daddy a moth, complete with video camera
mounted on its wing:
...and a card that represents his most recent purchase, a
watch that doubles as a mobile phone (the blue lozenge is
visible through a cut-out on the front page). Proper
Dick Tracy stuff.
16 June 2011
Daddy recently bought
Hazel a Stylophone, instrument of the early
seventies. First she messed around with the
Then she was inspired by Brett
Domino to attempt a Rolling In The Deep cover with
27 April 2011
spent the last year writing Leo an 80-page guide
to the High School, which he will be attending
after the summer. She gave it to him for
his birthday this year; click on the icons
below to read it (in four segments).
She also made him a sort of pop-up birthday
card. She made it in school, so it would
usually not be allowed on her gallery, but she
did make it for
Leo, so we're letting it in. Click on the
image below to see her describe it.
21 April 2011
recorded her latest thang with Mr Matthews
today. Here it is:
We also had a bit of a fight with our
waterpistols, which Hazel decided to video with
Jenny's waterproof camera for dramatic effect:
Half Term Holiday Makings
23 February 2011
Hazel and Leo
were bored at the start of the half term holiday
and decided to make a film based on two characters
they had made up while chatting at bed time:
Captain Sheep and Lady Smile Pop. As is
normal, it is somewhat difficult to follow but
they do a good job of swapping characters. Equally usually,
there is a bloopers and outtakes reel:
18 January 2011
Hazel made up
this Christmas song which she performed in her
music class at school towards the end of last
term. She is singing of wanting to still be
a child at Christmas.
18 January 2011
Hazel has made
various Christmas presents and Jenny's birthday
present over the last few weeks. As a
Christmas present for daddy she made a T-shirt,
harking back to a previous Father's
For mummy she made a chocolate box:
For Leo she made a T-shirt also, this time echoing
his favourite saying:
For Jenny, meanwhile, she made an extremely full
album of photo's, so full that it's too difficult
to display here.
Then for Jenny's birthday she made, at Jenny's
request, another T-shirt reflecting Jenny's
9 January 2011
Hazel and her friends take it in turns to
make video blogs which they don't usually
publish to others. However, she rather
liked doing this musical one and so it is