Saturday, March 28, 2015


The camellias are blooming all over Perros-Guirec at the moment and filling our lives with such wonderful colour.  These are in my garden on a huge shrub by my entrance so they can be seen and appreciated by all who pass down the lane.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ducks at Duke - Lin Frye

Journal -

Loved watching these wonderful birds and all the young children feeding them!  Spring indeed!

Pre-ops all done.  Will be back as soon as I can!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recent Sketches

Two coot hurrying across the water.  It looks as if they can walk on water.

I love watching and sketching coot.  Such busy birds.  And if you can see their feet, they are greenish with lobes running down each toe!

More field sketches.  This time of a raven, a sleepy Canada goose and a black phoebe chasing a fly.


The narrow lanes around our home are full of colour now with huge clumps of primroses, stitchwort and fumitory, with the celandines and violets just getting started.  I love using my Canterbury pottery wine goblet to display them in.

Friday, March 20, 2015


Journal --

Happy First Day of Spring!  Though the temps have dropped (again!) and the skies are grey - the signs of spring are evident in the expanding buds, daffodils and first blooms of the forsythia.

I open my front door and the heavenly scent of Daphne odora wafts from the middle of my front property to my nose -- I swoon!

I clip a piece to sketch - and the scent beautifies my art room!

Monday, March 16, 2015


The beaches on Tenerife are dark grey volcanic sand with large pebbles at the top and along the outcrops into the water.  In one area the whole beach was covered in these stacks and I enjoyed watching children running around collecting different sizes to make their own piles.  Luckily the tides didn't come far enough up the beach to topple them!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Watching an Owl

I spotted this tiny pygmy owl a couple of weeks ago.  That's him sitting on top of the tall stump in the bottom sketch.  Pgymy owls are about the size of a robin.  They hunt during the daytime which is fabulous for me.  We watched this little guy for a good hour.
Here he sits on his second hunting perch, a blacked chuck of wood left over from loggers burning a slash pile.  I had time to ink this in the field, but then the little fella flew off to a third hunting perch, but one too far away for us to enjoy.  

We got lots of photos of him too.  To see some of them go to my blog: