Monday 21 October 2019


Cheery note in my mail box from Jake Parker who has organised Inktober for nearly 10 years. 

'I hope you're having a good time with Inktober. We are just a little over halfway done for the month! Can you believe it??
If you've been able to do 18 drawings so far, I want to congratulate you! So far 3.5 Million Inktober drawings have been posted to Instagram* this year. 
According to one popular study it takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days for people to form a new habit. If you are finding it easier to do your Inktober drawing when you sit down, then perhaps a daily drawing habit is starting to take hold on you now. That’s great!
If not, don’t worry. Keep going!
As author John Irving once said “Good habits are worth being fanatical about.”
I hope Inktober is helping you create more and get better at drawing.
If you haven't been able to do 18 drawings so far, don't worry! Forget about the last 18 days and set a goal for yourself to start back up this weekend and finish out the month.'

Some of my inktobers 

Sunday 20 October 2019

HARWICH PART 2: Hooray for Harwich

Part two of a Curious Coast Adventure

Harwich Land of Lighthouses
Relaxing with Mum

This is a walking town, peaceful streets run down to The Quay are criss-crossed by alleys, and we felt we could be back in the 16th or 17th centuries. 

Wandering along the seafront we come to Harwich beach and a small Museum. Further along takes us to a point, the breakwater, where immediately behind is Beacon Hill with the remains of a radar station and gun emplacements. In WW2 Harwich was one of main east coast minesweeping and destroyer bases. 

Further round the headland and we were into Dovercourt. Dovercourt has kiss-me-quick feeling, beach huts, and a café nearby in Cliff Park. Here the pilots of mobility scoters pulled over for afternoon tea. 

We walked back into Harwich, down Barrack Lane, along Harbour Crescent. We saw one of those huge Knife Amnesty Dump Bins

Every street and lane is associated with the sea or the military. We turned back to the car and readied for the journey home. If The Only way is Essex Harwich must be very much part of the package. 

There are now fourteen coast cappers on

Thursday 17 October 2019



Another Curious Coast Adventure with Trevor, see all 14 coastal on

Container Central
Nice Buoys


The port of Harwich is the place to be when the sun is high and offshore breezes are light. Trevor and I discovered a town full of history, all nicely curated by The Harwich Society.

Docks and cranes tower above us; The Trinity House organisation makes a home here. The paraphernalia of it’s work; buoys, anchors and chains are neatly stored in their yards. 

There are lighthouses everywhere, a high one that stands in the town and a low one, The Low Light is near the shore. In line they have guided ships into the port

Arriving early we started with a great breakfast at The Café on the Pier ( fab food and great coffee.

More and great photographs here

Thursday 10 October 2019


New York has been a leitmotif for me. My dear friend in the city P J Lehrer takes great photo's of the city which in turn inspires work from me.

No so long ago she wrote this generous piece on her blog. 

This by way of late reciprocation!