Saturday, 30 May 2015

Mary Rose Divers

Here's to the hundreds of volunteer divers  who spent hours underwater to raise thousands of bits and pieces from the wreck of the Mary Rose...

Friday, 29 May 2015

Tudor Manicure Set

Check out the Swiss army penknife style bone manicure set and the cut throat razor  from the carpenter's chest on the Mary Rose...

Master Gunner's Linstock

The Master Gunner on the Mary Rose had his own cabin...

Mary Rose Flagon

The wooden flagons with hinged lids, made out of wooden planks, were one of my favourite things on the Mary Rose. One was so tall it would have been up to my knee. The leather buckets were great too.....and the shoes


Planes from the Mary Rose and a ruler with some funny markings on it

Gimlets, Augers, Mallets and Planes

More woodworking tools from the Mary Rose, some bearing the carpenter's marks of their owners

Carpenter's Cabin Tools

Some of the tools found in the Carpenter's Cabin on the Mary Rose

Mary Rose Ship's Bell


Victory Gate

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, with golden balls on top....and just inside the gate, a weighing bridge made in Dewsbury...

Mary Rose Sinks

Visit to the wreck of the Mary Rose in Portsmouth....well worth 5 hours on the train! I nearly filled a whole sketchbook...and this was mostly drawing in the dark. Thought provoking stuff


The Mary Rose

Trip to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth

Anglo Saxon Moustache- Staffordshire Hoard

New Staffordshire Hoard findings! 1500 pieces of gold have been reassembled, revealing images of moustachioed Anglo Saxon gents. Meticulous renovation work continues on the tiny gold fragments to restore and piece together a very rare find- an almost intact Anglo Saxon helmet. Also, there's this pommel grip with  a unique design....

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway

Spotted on Spen Valley Greenway, boundary marker  for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, near the site of Cleckheaton Central Station

Sunday, 24 May 2015


YSP Doodlings

Henry Moore's Misplaced Chewing Gum

Birthday trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where we renamed one of Henry Moore's reclining figures

Yodelling accessories

More Sound of Music related items. Ginger pigtails, edelweiss neckerchief, alpine shoes and a cowbell 


Vintage Alpine kit, plus complementary cowbell, courtesy of B Authentic, ace costume hire and Aladdin's Cave  in Milnsbridge

The Hills Are Alive

Singalonga Sound of Music, Holmfirth Picturedrome-top evening's entertainment in the company of the intrepid Fay Wheatcroft, the original Lonely Goatherd. Here's part of my outfit, minus cowbell, costumes courtesy of the Aladdin's cave that is B Authentic, Unit 13, Denard Industrial Estate, Tanyard Road, Milnsbridge. See:


Well this year's Eurovision was decidedly dull. No unicycles, exploding dresses or Benny Hill-style Polish milkmaids and the only bearded lady was last year's winner. Highlight of the night was when Supertramp-alikes set fire to the piano. Good news though, despite everyone's best efforts, Russia's wailing woman was held off at the last minute by the Swedes. (UK deux points for Manhattan Transfer on acid )

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Kirkby Stephen Youth Hostel, 1978

Here's where we stayed in 1978 on our epic Coast to Coast Walk. We stayed at Scarborough Youth Hostel , an extra day.  Kirkby Stephen, I think was the old school master's house and there were no meals . On our 20 mile walk to get there, we and  gathered wild mushrooms and bilberries for breakfast the next day and  went to the chip shop for tea!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Coast-to-Coast Walk, 1978


Here's one I drew earlier....opening page of my Coast-to-Coast diary, 1978 (aged 12)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Keswick Running Vests

Some runners at Keswick Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd May......

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Half Way

The 6 mile point on the Keswick Half Marathon, bottom of Catbells and the rain cleared enough to do a quick sketch before the runners can see the back of the arrow pointing the way under Catbells towards Lodore

Monday, 4 May 2015

Dorothy Well

Dorothy Well, Portinscale, a memorial to Dorothy Christain (1730-1772).  Daughter of the Vicar of Crosthwaite, Keswick, Dorothy was an invalid, who liked to watch the horses at the well from her cottage window. Reverend Christian  was the uncle of Fletcher Christian of "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame...

Wet Roof, Portinscale

Awaiting soaking en route to Keswick marathon

Runner Ducks

Runner Ducks at Tebay Service Station

Keswick Half Marathon

Congratulations to Robin on his efforts round Derwent Water in the rain

Friday, 1 May 2015

Not Quite The Same Side of the Coin

Other side of the Irish penny....I haven't really done justice to the beautiful Celtic birdie with calligraphic swirls

Irish Penny

Found this lovely little Irish penny yesterday.....