One Midsummer Morning
A simple still-life with hints of Spain, a straw hat, glass of red wine and an opened illustrated copy of “As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning“, by Laurie Lee, English poet and novelist, and a descriptive, richly lyrical memoir. The book is a sequel to “Cider with Rosie” which detailed life in Gloucestershire after…
Old Environmental Thoughts
Many years ago, aged about 12, I became interested in bird watching. Browsing through nature books in my local library I came across a book published the previous year. Called “Happy Countryman”, I took it home. The first few words of Roberts’ lyrical and atmospheric writing forever hooked me into natural history. The wonderful descriptions…
The Albert Dock
A Day in the Life… “….on Sunday mornings we’d make our way to the Pier Head and following a brief chat with the dock-gate policeman he’d let us in to wander through, and wonder at, the innovative Albert Dock…
A twisty yellow farm road in the hinterland of Spain’s Andalusia. A disappearing track, the golden cornfields and slightly ominous skies, elements that reminded me of the painting, ‘Wheatfield with Crows’, by Vincent Van Gogh. According to the Van Gogh Museum, “the painting (left) is often claimed to be his last work. The menacing sky,…
Eighty One Year Ago…
A recent look through the images scanned for my book, revealed one I’d forgotten about; it was a piece of calligraphy created by my father in 1940.
Everybody Razzle Dazzle
In January 2015, a Mersey ferry was selected as a “dazzle ship”; with a unique new livery inspired by First World War dazzle camouflage. Designed by Sir Peter Blake and entitled “Everybody Razzle Dazzle”, seven ship painters spent 10 days covering “Snowdrop” in a myriad of colour.