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  • Florida 2024

    Florida holiday 2024, this time with added flight complications!


  • Cornerstone Beginners’ Painting Course

    I’ve been posting my daily (ish) drawing stuff, and the main blog posts have dropped right off. But I recently finished a 10 week Learn to Paint beginners’ course at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, and I thought I’d just write down some thoughts about it all while it was fresh. It has been…


  • Knitting

    Thought I’d try drawing my other hobby. I get strong vertical vibes off my knitting, but it looked a bit pin stripe. Not sure I got the texture quite right. It would take nearly as long to draw it all as to knit it though, so I guess this will have to do for now.


  • All the pens

    The first 16 of my Inktober drawings were done with my blue Lamy Safari (medium nib), but I’ve been itching to try some other nibs and pens. I hold my pen slightly oddly – I rest it on my ring finger on my right hand, not my middle finger – and the shape of the…


  • Daily drawing challenge

    In 2023 I have been using the Happier App to do a daily challenge called ‘Go Outside 23 in 23‘. I ended up with 275 entries out of 365 possible, which isn’t too terrible. I used the photo log which was literally just a photo. So I reached the end of the year and I…


  • 2023 Makes Round-up

    I’ve been making things, particularly recently, and just not getting round to blogging them. So I’m going to just do a quick round-up post so I get them on record! First up, the cushions that I bought when I bought my first house back in 2002 (I think?) finally gave up the ghost. They were…


  • Belated Barcelona

    This is a really late post! We went to Barcelona for my birthday, back in November, and it’s taken me this long to… um. Not sure, honestly. Upload the photos? I like them in Flickr, but my phone auto-uploads them to Google Photos and then we can share the album and both upload, so there’s…


  • Inktober 2023

    Having had a go at Inktober last year, I tried again this year. I was a bit anxious, honestly. I didn’t do so well last year, and although I was only ever going to aim for alternate days again I wasn’t sure I’d make it this year either. Then a couple of days before the…


  • Portable drawing board

    I’m still working on getting my drawing habit back on, so of course yesterday I got totally distracted making something instead. My MIL bought me some A5 sketchbooks from Hobbycraft for Christmas, and the paper has surprised me by taking ink quite well. They’re good for putting in a bag and taking out, but they…


  • Disappointing potato harvest

    I just harvested the first two tubs of patio potatoes. It’s not terribly impressive. It is about what I expected from these two pots, unfortunately. They are two that we’ve had for a while now, and they have internal water reservoirs at the bottom. Usually that really helps the plants to survive my sporadic watering,…