Sunday, 19 April 2015


Life on the Allotment

Canes every where 
A lovely day on the allotment (for drawing) using Sian’s kneeler the wrong way up provided the perfect sketching stool. 

The Allotment plot(s) are definitely thickening; several now sport elegant potato trenches. And there are onions everywhere.

Sian has removed her mypex duvets from her plot and is hoeing for England (prior to Digging for Victory).

Proud Onions Set Fair
Notwithstanding a thinly obsession with my own verbal excesses ‘a chaos of canes’ came to mind as I surveyed the scene.  A chaos of canes is surely right up there with a tok of capercaillies and a kindle of leverets.  Unfortunately I have yet to discover how one registers a new collective noun.

Friday, 17 April 2015


Its an Allotment life.

Palpable signs of life this sunny Sunday morning with other holders singly or in pairs hard at it, preparing their ground for an onslaught of planting.

Be a Yurt, the country needs Yurts

I saw several wigwams of canes and wondered if these might be part of a larger initiative to introduce the idea of yurts portable, round tent popular the steppes of Central Asia. 

Aside from the on shed (to store the mowers and strimmer) sheds are not permitted on our allotments and I wondered if the construction of yurts might be a way around this byelaw.

Sian put me right, talking a well-earned rest from her hoeing, she explained these cane constructions where for the runner beans. Phew !

Monday, 13 April 2015



Our gardens are home to a wide range of living creatures. An average garden could hold over 2,000 different species of insect! With all this diversity of life it is good to know that very few of them cause significant damage to our prized plants, fruit and veg!  Every bug needs a place to stay!

Work in progress – here is my idea from hollowed out wood found on a walk the other day!  Insects welcome no booking necessary.

Hopefully I will get a mention on Trip Advisor.

Saturday, 11 April 2015


A river runs through it.

A small river called the Wye (High Wycombe) runs past Homebase  in Loudwater. 

Looking over their fence I spotted this beauty. 

It appears (fish tales) there are wild brownies of this size 5 -6 lbs.  The Wye rises in the Chilterns and runs SE through Wycombe and joins the Thames above Cookham Bridge. Polluted for many years this  is now is getting back to being a chalk stream again!
The Homebase Brown Trout

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


As official artist in residence to Ruth here another modest piece from me.  

Ruth Livingstone is walking around the coastline of the British mainland. She started in North Norfolk, heading clockwise around the coastline, following paths and tracks. 

We pick up the story in South Wales.

"WALK 171 Lantwit Major to Nash Point

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Ruth Livingstone

This afternoon I must travel home to Lincolnshire and so today I’m planning a short, circular walk. 

I will be following the Wales Coast Path along the cliffs to Nash Point Lighthouse, and then back to my car via an inland footpath.

I drive down to the beach at Llantwit Major. The weather is still dull, but not as bad as yesterday. I can even see the horizon as a definite line!  "