Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Musical Inspiration

This girl's voice is so beautiful. Little daughter studying her voice AND her playing intently.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Long Time No See

This may be a record for me: no blog posts here for -- eight months??! No point trying to do a catch-up, so will pretend I've never been gone. Been having fun in the darkroom this month. See photograms. Also been published in a very cool anthology: see photographs. Very very very very ready for the Summer holidays: I feel like someone stomped all over my stamina. Two more days and I have the best part of two months free. Maybe get some blogging done!

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Public School Fool...

...JP is so perfectly-observed, I nearly laughed my arse off. The blank stare, the inflated sense of entitlement, the amorality, the profound self-centredness, and the paucity of intellect. Hope they don't delay a second series for long. I mean, will you at least see if this coke is poisonous?

Monday, October 24, 2011

drawing day

I've enjoyed drawing with the water soluble pencils I bought in the Derwent factory at Keswick this Summer. This little squash was a challenge to me despite its apparent simplicity. I'm quite pleased with the final drawing.

Monday, October 17, 2011

work work work!

When will it all end?
Friday actually... for a while. Then we can do some more wandering...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Lakes Today

I swear the ability to drive and possession of a car represents my greatest freedom. Here is my view from the Lake District in Cumbria this evening, after a four hour walk. Tomorrow, Sussex, and a rendezvous with my best friend.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fun at the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

In this remote and beautiful Dales village, the whole community co-operates and competes in displaying imaginative scarecrows each year. Round every corner, a surprise; some funny, some satirical, some beautiful, some moving, all slightly eerie.

Sunday, August 07, 2011


Took a spontaneous drive to Haworth this afternoon. Struck by the impossible smallness of the Bronte sisters' handwriting in their normal manuscripts and letters, which make the tiny Angria texts look positively microscopic in comparison. Wonder if it's a sign of a secretive nature. Enjoyed a stroll round the village and a walk on the moors. Returning tomorrow with the children for a trek to Top Withens and a picnic. Earlier in the week, took the children to Scarborough for two days. Lovely fun.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

In Print! In Performance! In Disgrace!

Well, an extract from my novel-in-progress has been published in print here; I spent the whole weekend in pubs and halls reading my poetry in Scarborough; and I disgraced myself somewhat after one too many real ales in the beer tent. Good times!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Daily Things 6 & 7

My prettiest lantern and my geekiest possession (1T).

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Daily Things 3 and 4

The dummy is not something I ever use, but walking into a silent, bright room at work normally reserved for drama practise and finding thirty life-sized torsos (presumably for CPR practise) lying all over the floor was a singular experience. The sharpeners are indispensible to me.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Daily Things

A short series, 2 in 1 today, 1 a day til I get bored or forget, appreciating things I use on a daily basis. Inspired by reading

İlhan Berk

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Sometimes, just sometimes, my life gets better on its own. I have a travel fund courtesy of my kind dad and will be taking my children to Bruges again, which is their obsession. If I'm clever there may well be enough left over for a short trip to Paris.
In the process of photographing some of my addictions. Today I have been confronting olive jars. Tomorrow, notebooks and sketchbooks.