Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Hokum Mike

Logo attempts for our band.....which one do you like??

It Pays to Buy Good Tea

My old faithful and well-traveled tea chest bass. From a canal bank in Marsden to Bourbon Street, New Orleans.....via the Asda at Wigan on a bank holiday Monday...

Blues Harp

Blues Harp, as played by Hokum's Jason Kerry

Where's me Washboard?

Zinc washboard, as played by Hokum's Gordon Wood (with thimbles)


Steel bodied resonator guitar, as played byHokum's Jason Kerry

Friday, 9 September 2016

The Magdale Stump

 I cycle past this wood carving in Magdale  by local artist Heather Crompton. My sketch doesn't do it justice, it's much more subtle and is based on the industrial history of Magdale, with its water wheel, shuttles and bobbins twisting around the old tree stump.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Longnor Well Dressing 2016. We Will Remember Them.

The brilliant Longnor Well Dressing, made by Sue Storer and the  Girls, assisted by the Stewart family (yellow bits and  brown bits!). 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Longnor Well dressing Day 2

Crushed egg shells for the skin tone, pine cones for the boots, just the tree, sky and date to finish.....can't wait to see how Sue Storer and the gang got on on Day 3!

Longnor Well Dressers at Work

Day 1: Here's the design by local Longnor artist

The design is pricked out with a cocktail stick into clay. Wool is used to trace the shape and then petals and natural materials stuck onto the clay..

Longnor Wakes Well Dressing 2016

A big thank you to Sue Storer and the gang for a great couple of days learning the gentle art of well dressing. It was a privilege to take part. Today is the day of the Longnor Wake and the Stewart family wish you all a great day. Your well dressing featuring commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme is a real labour of love and a work of art! 

DIY Well Dressing

Delighted to be involved in helping create the Longnor Well Dressing at St Bartholomew's Church

Derbyshire Fields

Sketches from my bike, on the Pennine Bridle way 

Grammar School Graffiti

 Old graffiti on Queen Elizabeth 1 Grammar School in Ashbourne, built in 1603.


 St Oswald's Terrace, Ashbourne. Comfrey growing wild on the banking

Memento Mori

Macabre Gothic gatepost at St Oswald's Church, Ashbourne; a horseshoe and hammer doorknocker and that beardy man again...

Stone Beards

Ashbourne Oddities, including a stone bearded man above door lintels (St Oswald?)

Bradbourne...a Thankful Village

Drawings from our week in Derbyshire. Why was Bradbourne thankful? 


 Chain making at the Black Country Museum...horseshoe and nail made in Netherton

The Last Nail Made In The Black Country

Nail: On August 16th, this was the last nail made in the Black Daniel, Museum volunteer on the forge. He'll have made a few more by now and let me have this beauty to keep on my window sill. Knocking off: Another volunteer in the trap works explained the origin of the saying. Ross: an old icebreaker barge. Toll House Tile: a red quarry tile with a child's hand print in it...

Black Country Horse Brass

Trip to the Wonderful Black Country Museum with Mum. There was a massive queue, so I doodled some horse brasses and canal art. It took half an hour, but was well worth the wait!