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 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’
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.
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
The story of ‘Spring In Yorkshire’ is the tale of my journeys around Yorkshire, documenting and painting the changes as Spring turned into Summer. … More The story of Spring In Yorkshire
Earlier in the year we took advantage of a YHA offer and booked two getaways this Spring, the second one to Edale in the Peak District. For our February trip we decided to travel slow, taking the train and hiking. This time we gave the kids the choice of transport, as the week before the kids had camped … More April Family Adventure – Edale
We did it! We climbed Whernside, completing our family challenge to climb all three of the Yorkshire Peaks. For our March family adventure and coincidently Mother’s Day the stars aligned. The weather forecast was ‘amazing’, and we set off to climb Whernside and our first camping trip of 2017. It was the most beautiful … More March Family Adventure – Yorkshire’s highest mountain, sunshine, snowball fights and first camp of 2017.
At the beginning of the year we took advantage of the YHA New Year sale and booked a couple of short breaks away. The first being two nights at Haworth Youth Hostel. Haworth was one of the only places left that had a room for all five of us, and it felt pretty serendipitous after watching and enjoying … More February Family Adventure – Backpacking, trains and Wuthering Heights
I thought I’d write a post about my art, as Raspberry Thief seems to be constantly morphing and changing as I change, and become more confident in my style. It’s grown from a platform for my drawings to include a lot more of my interests, reading, outdoors, running. I’ve been using my time to practice … More Adventures In Illustration