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Published: 01 February 2014

By Andy Ross

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Cheerful things

It is the depths of winter so thank goodness for you, dear readers, who send in emails to share from across the world and to our visitors who bring ideas to the studio, even on the rainiest of days.

From California via South Africa come transient and intricate sand drawings by Andre Amador.

From a recommendation by a reader in London, I am reading Electric Eden, all about the amazing folk music from Britain. It is a fascinating read, encompassing classical music, traditional music and the rise of folk. Have a look at the author's blog here and do get the book. It is well worth spending a few days immersed in its twists and turns.

From a reader in Zimbabwe, here is what to do in cases of extreme snowiness in Colorado.

Visitors to the studio have come from London to learn to weave, and to chat about architecture, music, science and art. Wonderful breaths of fresh air and enthusiasm. Thank you for visiting us.

Keep those emails and visits coming. It is an amazing connection that we can have nowadays and it makes a big difference to us islanders!