Earlier in the year I was contacted by the RSPB, asking if I’d like to appear in an advert promoting the Big Garden Birdwatch. A yearly back garden bird count, collecting citizen science data to help protect our garden birds. It takes place at the end of January every year, this year it’s 26th – … More How will you Big Garden Birdwatch?
Happy New Year. A new newsletter should have landed in your inboxes if you’re subscribed. It’s a December rabbit hole. What do I mean by that? Something that triggers an interest, and then sends me down a series of paths/connections to learn about something new. I have rabbit holes that I’ve been threading for years, … More Raspberry Thief Newsletter 4
This is newsletter number 3, November whizzed past in a blur of painting commissions here. But I did still read and listen to some inspiring content. Ideas on giving your artistic practice a kick, your artistic family tree, putting in the work (again), and soaking in expertise from some masters. … More Raspberry Thief Newsletter 3
Thank you to everyone who recently subscribed to my newsletter. I’ve just posted out my second one. It is a work in progress and I’ve decided to send them out as and when I have anything interesting to share. This one is full of interesting ideas on being creative, putting in the work, ways to … More Raspberry Thief Newsletter 2
I’ve just sent out my first proper newsletter, if you’ve received it, thanks for looking. I hope it has been useful and interesting. I have lots of things that I find interesting or useful crop up in my day to day, and I thought it would be nice to share those with you in a … More Raspberry Thief Newsletter
How many times have you come back from a walk and found your pockets full of little treasures of nature?
It seems that some of us can’t help but pick up stones from the beach or conkers from the woodland, small tactile pieces of nature that make us feel good. … More Pocket Hitchhikers
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
This time of year is often contentious, there are those that still hang on to the warm summer months, clinging to the joy of long days and warm skin. Others look forward to the long shadows, crisp walks, and cosy fires of Autumn. Which are you?
… More The Story of Autumn In Yorkshire.
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’