My first ever redpoll!

What a view, and a what a truly stunning little bird.



After a tip off, I decided to go on an unfamiliar riverside walk. Fifteen minutes in and there was a flash of blue. My son and I followed it to find a kingfisher perched on a delicate branch. We watched it for a few minutes and then off it flew.

Absolutely delighted to get such a good view and managing to snap a photo was icing on the cake.


Common dolphin

Quick sketch to remind myself I can still draw. Really trying to be disciplined and finish editing my novel before attempting any more big art projects.

It’s been too long since I’ve seen dolphins, with a bit of luck hopefully that will change in the summer!


A week in birds

Best bird encounters of the week:

  • Pair of peregrines flying right over my head two days in a row
  • Spotting a kestrel using a lamppost as a viewing point
  • Lapwings flying against a bright blue sky
  • Best ever view of a snipe

Photos of the last two!

Fungi again

It’s been a while since I went on a fungi foray. This one, admittedly, was accidental but it produced some beauties.

I only remember one of the names (turkey tail!). Must get better at learning and remembering the species I see regularly.


I asked permission to use one of The Foraging Photographer’s beautiful photos months ago (thank you!) and decided it was high time I took up the challenge. You can find more inspiring photos here.

It’s been far too long since I drew something that I could start and finish within a few hours.

Real cold

It has been so long since it’s been properly cold in December in London but within the last week we’ve had ice, frozen ponds and actual snow. Yesterday, I found real icicles!

It may be challenging but I love the cold.

Cold December