Monday, 24 April 2017

A feather for Frank and Grace - a brush with fashion


Wonderful to be collaborating with designer Daisy Siggers and her company Frank and Grace. They make hugely stylish country clothing and accessories  - salivate here -  www.frankandgrace.com

  

Inspired by country living, their designs are bought to life using the finest faux fur and traditional tweeds.


I was happy to oblige with an illustration of a pheasant feather, which been turned into a lovely silk scarf. Now plans of being laid to use the drawing for a small lapel brooch to adorn their lovely gilets and scarves.

Shot gun, first one's for me!


A little bit of Instagram does us all a power of good







Saturday, 22 April 2017

Suffolk Special: The estuary church near Aldeburgh


There has been a church for almost 1350 years. This is where St Botolph came ashore in AD 654, and founded his monastery.

The church tower is a good visible from a good way off. We saw it from Snape Malting’s and so round the lanes, over to see it. The church sits in its pretty churchyard. On three sides are the marshes, and the river runs around it like a girdle.

Inside is a lovely font, one of the best in the East Anglian style: angels alternate with evangelistic symbols to convey the Passion. 

And by the font a large object! It is part of a Saxon cross, discovered in the tower when it was restored. It is the bottom 1.5 metres of a cross that must have been about 3 metres high. It perhaps dates from the 9th century. It may have been raised here as a commemoration after the Vikings had destroyed the original monastery.


Across the shifting, shimmering mudflats, the fading light shows them gold, over the fence to the north, the sheep graze and one comes up to us and say hello.

Excellent full story here http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Return to Dust 7 years on - Part 4 To Hamburg

“The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull were volcanic events in Iceland which, although relatively small for volcanic eruptions, caused enormous disruption to air travel  in April 2010.”   
© Wikipedia

The other day I found my diary and drawings . . . I was 5,969 miles away in HK working with BBC colleagues.



PART FOUR Tuesday April 20

Certainly a morning for celebration as I have clean shirt from the hotel laundry the cost of which is allowable under the BBC's expenses policy. 

Awoke, in a bed, to the sound and then smell of fresh rain, soon followed by bakery smells particularly croissants.

Supper last evening was splendid, the Anemon Resturant close by and level with the top of the Galata Tower. It afforded a wonderful view of the Golden Horn and European side of the city, all washed in a crayon sunset. 

Tour leader Chris continues to direct our plans; currently maybe Istanbul to Milan or maybe Manchester. 

After the distress of the Milan cancellation we hung around the airport, free Wi-Fi, surfing for options to get into Europe from Istanbul. 

Some friendly Italians, victims of the same abandonment, offered us seats on a coach laid on by their local Consulate. 

So we then hung around with the Italians waiting for this coach.

We got wind of a flight to Hamburg announced. Lara runs over to the SunExpress ticket desk and secures four flights.



Hey presto we are now in Hanover. They switched airports just before we took off.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Return to Dust 7 years on - Part 3 Istanbul


“The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull were volcanic events in Iceland which, although relatively small for volcanic eruptions, caused enormous disruption to air travel over  six days in 
April 2010.”   
© Wikipedia 

The other day I found my diary and drawings . . . I was 5,969 miles away in HK returning home, or trying to  with BBC colleagues Laura, Chris and Tom. 

Now we were in Istanbul.

April 19 Monday We left Dubai 02:35 and into Ataturk Airport at 06:00. The deepest sleep I have ever had on a plane - the threat of constant standby or the MacDonald’s we had at Dubai Airport? 

Our lodgings are a small Best Western near Topkapi Palace and out comes the sun.

The call to prayer mingles with the tap tap of carpenters across the street. A tour around the Blue Mosque and then to conference calls and briefs and counter briefings to those brilliant people in London what are trying to get us home.

The call to prayer
Spirits reasonably high but oscillating between happy (when we have a plan) and less than happy when one component of it falls over. 

Hey Ho we move again tomorrow.



Arriving in Istanbul