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
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.
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
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
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