The only way we can inspire and encourage people to care is by rebuilding those connections that have been lost. Naming trees, plants, animals and birds gives them power and presence. Rebuilding our connection to the seasons, which sadly have become marked by consuming goods rather than noticing the intricate changes that affect our surroundings. Keeping a nature journal is a simple way to start building those connections again, you could start with your own garden or local park, you’ll be amazed what you notice when you stop and look. … More The Story Of Summer In Yorkshire
‘It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade’ Charles Dickens It was the Spring Equinox earlier this week. Day and night are almost equal lengths. It will soon be time for the clocks to go … More First Signs of Spring
It was a scramble down the first section, very rocky and steep. Whenever my youngest two reach a tricky section on our walks they shout ‘death train engaged!’, I’ve mentioned this to friends and family before, and they always look very concerned!! … More August Family Adventure – Kinder Scout – Cloughs, rocks, and ‘death train engaged’
Back in January I decided to combine my love for the outdoors with my love for art, and by serendipity I came across Candace Rose Rardon’s #momentsketchers challenge. What started out as just a monthly ‘drawing challenge’, has for me and the other participants blossomed in to a lovely, friendly, positive community on Instagram. It … More A year of #Momentsketchers.
July is usually a very busy month for us, lots of end of term school stuff going on, planning for the summer holidays, and birthdays. It was another unplanned, last minute decision trip after looking at a rather full calendar. Instead of driving out further afield in the car we decided to stay local and … More July Family Adventure – 9 Miles of Sunshine and Golden Corn.
I have been overwhelmed, as I’m sure many others have been watching Blue Planet 2, (a BBC tv nature documentary centering on life in our oceans) and we’re only on episode 4! The beautiful imagery, close ups and footage of our oceans and it’s inhabitants are stunning. Added to that the soothing, knowledgeable narration by Sir … More Lessons we can learn from Blue Planet 2
Back in the summer I was asked by Dr. Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators if I’d like to be featured as ‘Artist Of The Month‘. Jessie has featured some wonderful artists, so I feel humbled to have my work and background featured, thank you for your kind words Jessie. Here’s a copy of the feature: … More Wandering Educators – Artist Of The Month.
“There are some moments in life that are like pivots around which your existence turns – small intuitive flashes, when you know you have done something correct for a change, when you think you are on the right track. I watched a pale dawn streak the cliffs with Day-glo and realised this was one of … More Outdoor Sketching – My journey and tips for taking that first step.
The end of June seems like such a long time ago, we’ve packed a lot in since then. Sunny days and sandy feet are still etched firmly into our memories though, and this little one night camping trip was full of magic. … More June Family Adventure – Camping, clifftops, sunsets and seabirds
Walking from Aysgarth Falls to Castle Bolton. This section was like a mini snippet of all that is lovely about the Yorkshire Dales. Views of distant hills, dry stone walls and hawthorn trees with a million little universes of moss and lichen all over them. … More Family Adventures – Catch Up and September at Aysgarth Falls