Thursday, 16 November 2017

Great bus routes of London: 27

All aboard the 27
Route 27 was introduced to link the west to the north of London, originally it ran between Hounslow and Muswell Hill.

The route operated throughout World War II. Peter Cushing used the route to reach the theatre near Kew Bridge. Singer Matt Monro was a driver on route 27 prior his musical career taking off.

Today Route 27 operates via these exciting places
Chiswick Business Park
Turnham Green
King Street for Ravenscourt Park tube station London Underground
Hammersmith bus station London Buses for Hammersmith tube stations London Underground
Brook Green
Kensington Olympia station
High Street Kensington station
Notting Hill Gate station London Underground
Paddington station London Underground National Rail
Baker Street station London Underground
Regent's Park station 
Great Portland Street 
Warren Street station 
Mornington Crescent station 
Camden Town station 
Chalk Farm Morrisons.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Death of a Dahlia

Always a sad moment in horticulture. When the November frost finally take the dahlias away from us.
Sian rescued these last week before Jack's onslaught.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wide awake in Wakefield


For me a week one week in Wakefield comprised one large bedroom bereft of books or flowers. Instead a large television increased the forlorn feeling my home of the week.

During the day one large meeting room without natural daylight however it was called ‘Essex’ which appended to the door lifted my spirits each morning.

All this took place at the Four Points Sheraton, Sunday through Friday just before October fell into November. The place was blessed with jolly team on the front desk and everywhere else in the hotel.

And a short distance from the hotel was my favourite freeway the I95 featured in these pages in July, Peabody MA. Living in room 408 link.

It is strange to spend so much time in such a small geographic area, fumbling for fresh air and exercise and becoming familiar with so many patterns of carpet, coffee urns, corridors and stairwells.


Only since I have left have I discovered that one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of flying model airplane toys in the world, Paul K. Guillow, Inc. is has its home in Wakefield. http://www.guillow.com

A large television increased the forlorn feeling my home of the week

The Four Points Sheraton, Sunday through Friday


In the lounge at Boston Airport 

It is strange to spend so much time in such a small geographic area

Waiting for burger 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Inktober - Looking back


I made it to the end of Inktober31 Days 31 Drawings. It was a challenge some days just grabbing the time to draw, photograph and post on line.  On reflection working exclusively in black and white was interesting, making all the tones between black and white work harder on the page.

Here are some of my favourites and the full collection is here on this link to Flickr  

31 Days 31 Drawings
Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. This year I had a go! Full story http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober this year about five million people took part. 













Monday, 30 October 2017

Up on the hills in the Highlands

A few days in a particularly magical part of Scotland,
Bruar Lodge nestling in a deep glen,
Hills rise up two thousand and more feet on either side.

This is the home of Kate and Mike.
Close by the lodge the River Bruar runs wantonly over dazzling stones,
On the ridge of each hill stags bay defiantly, protecting their hinds.

An enchanted place, a full forty minutes, along a track, from a turning off the General Wade's road, the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

A landscape that changes colour constantly as the weather, umber, sienna, ochre viridian and alizarin.

Each day up on the hill stalking and or perhaps casting a fly on the small loch a short walk away. Brose, a highland pony, alongside the stalkers bears deer down the hill.  

Each night we all return to the lodge, hot baths, cocktails and a delicious supper over which the triumphs and tribulations of the day are shared and applauded.


We are blessed who stay at Bruar Lodge.








Sunday, 15 October 2017

Inktober Week 2 The full Monty

Well with workshop in London it has been a case of grabbing opportunities where I was able.

Fortunately my locations were on the south back of the Thames so some interesting sights.

Shored up by still life set-ups on the kitchen table.
Sunday: Beetroot

Monday: Rudbeckia with Watering Can

Tuesday: Marylebone

Wednesday: from the Sea Containers Building

Thursday: Tower Bridge

Friday:  The days of wine and radio

Saturday: In homage Yutaka Takanashi

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Inktober Initiative - EXCITING!

31 Days 31 Drawings

Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Full story http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober

Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.
Rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it online
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017
4) Repeat

I've got some catching up to do - it's day 8  

Fortunately since last Saturday I have been drawing..