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’
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.