After a busy and productive day in the North of England, I was checking my map for the best way to exit Bradford, in order to drive past a new customer. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a rag and bone cart full to… read the rest of “The Great North Runaway”
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I think there have… read the rest of “and the best City is.......”
On a clear, bright morning 2 weeks ago, a lorry pulled up on the hard shoulder with its hazard warnings on just near Peterborough; three lanes and a hard-shoulder wide here. As I approached the lorry, the driver opened up the rear doors to his lorry. It was like the start… read the rest of “Refugee Mayhem”
Autumn colours show at different times around Britain. In the last month, I’ve noticed a change in the leaves first in Scotland, the Lakes and strangely enough around Farnham and the Hogsback. Perhaps it’s the light on sunny days; the clarity giving away the change to the season. Some road trips have been on days which felt like summer, windows down and wonderful smells from the land. The New Forest… read the rest of “The Seasons are a-changing”
We were delighted to receive this photo of Compost Heap fan Miles, aged 7, with his fantastic artwork. Miles hopes to draw for a living when he grows up, just like the Compost Heap’s artist George. Keep up the good work Miles, we love your drawings!
One of the best walks I’ve done for a long time was on the South Downs at Harting Down. After a visit to Uppark House (a stunning National Trust House with gardens in a spectacular spot with views over the Sussex countryside with an excellent Tea-room) tired and a little sore after a day in the Blue Machine, a walk seemed the perfect tonic to blow away the cobwebs. The… read the rest of “Dog Walks Across the Downs”
We received this email from one of our most loyal customers. I think they’re our most remote customer as well, though south island New Zealand and the Shetland Isles might have a shout.
We finally received our order today and I found the long awaited invoice inside the box !
So I will send you a cheque on the first available north bound penguin !… read the rest of “Most Remote Customer”
Finally work has started on the M23 just close to our offices. The treacherous piece of dual carriageway will be widened, made safer and hopefully will improve the traffic flow. However in the meantime, the lumberjacks have moved in and the first phase is removing all the trees along both sides of the motorway. This has left huge gaps on either side of the road which resemble something more akin… read the rest of “M23 Works in Sleepy Sussex”
On a recent trip to the Worcester region – home to the infamous Chateau Impney (footballers paradise just outside of Birmingham) – I was lucky enough to need to visit Worcester itself and walk the main streets. The city centre has a nice hustle and bustle, and there are always a few market stalls and local traders selling their wares – ‘finest local sausages – last string – £5… read the rest of “Pan Pipes!”
Look at this amazing place, Butterfly World is a real life sanctuary designed entirely around the habitation of Butterflies – even the shape of the attraction from the sky looks like a Butterflies head. Still in development but they have plans to build the biggest indoor butterfly biome in the world. The concept, dreamt up by Clive Farrell, already has a range of beautiful gardens, a giant sized bee hive… read the rest of “Visit to the Butterfly World Project St Albans”
I’m guessing all illustrators think in different ways whilst at the drawing desk… some clearing the head to concentrate on the job in hand whilst others flooding the head with thoughts and ideas to express on paper. For me, I think there is a mix – yes a conscious effort to clear the head, but also a large element of pushing myself creatively to create something that is different from… read the rest of “Drawing Workshop at The National Trust's 'Nyman's Garden'”