I have been trying to get a decent pic of the little goldcrest that visits next door’s garden ever since I got my new camera. They are never still!

Despite seeing three at once during the summer, two adults and an adorable juvenile without the yellow stripe, today’s is the best photo I have managed.

Not giving up!

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Sometimes it’s dead easy to choose the best part of a day.

Peregrine falcon looking fluffy and commanding the scene. After a few minutes the gulls clocked it and started to mob driving it away. Fabulous.



A baby moorhen? In November? Apparently it’s not the latest record in London but it’s still unusual. I was told to look out for possible very late broods of mallards as well.

I am making progress on my large orca drawing, currently working on the background but it’s taking me three hours to do each block and there’s two more still to go so it’ll be a while before it’s finished. Need to take a work in progress shot but every time I remember it’s too dark, maybe tomorrow…


I have been working really hard on editing my novel. Lots of hours being poured in and a lot of the rest of the time I have been sick which means I haven’t drawn and I have taken precious few photos.

I am planning on working on a big orca drawing in the near future and I am hoping to start work on a new novel once the bulk of the editing is done for the last one so there’s lots in the pipeline.

But for now, I have some pictures of this incredible beauty. More creative content coming soon!



Fungi foray

I know nothing about fungi. Nothing. I don’t even like mushrooms as a food. So it’s about time I tried to do something about my woeful lack of knowledge.

A two hour fungal foray later and I can name these species at least. Will I remember them the next time I see them? I really, really hope so!

Also, I finished my commission last night and I am so pleased with it. I will not be posting any pics until the recipient has received it and given me the go ahead but I cannot wait to share it, hopefully very soon.


When there is so much that is difficult, painful, heartbreaking, it’s important to cherish the peaceful, beautiful moments.

I don’t have the energy to draw tonight but before I could get sucked into a spiral of blaming myself for not being creative enough or resenting the fact that my body and mind are just plain tired, I remembered seeing these beauties earlier in the day. A timely reminder of a perfect peaceful moment.