In a nutshell ……..

I had a delightfully unexpected gift through the post this morning – an exquisite miniature diorama of a beach Punch show constructed in half a walnut shell. I will post a picture but this doesn’t do it justice because the delight comes from appreciating how tiny are the pieces being modelled, positioned and painted. The artist, Ruth Brickland, has a website on which are illustrated a number of her creations. Many are inspired by lives of the saints, children’s literature and so forth, but I spotted Houdini and a Magician producing a Rabbit as being of special interest.


You can find them on