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Edinburgh – urban sketching through the red velvet curtains

Edinburgh – urban sketching through the red velvet curtains

When Beth googled "magical places in Europe" to visit during our big adventure, I noticed a shift in my thinking. It wasn't just castles that seemed magic, but it was like there was some indefinable sparkle in the air where almost anything seemed special. I suppose...

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Drawing during the brownie ban

Drawing during the brownie ban

It's a bit rough when you are just trying to support your teenage daughter's future as a pastry chef and she bans you from touching the chocolate brownies that are sitting on the bench. Especially when she has just called for help in setting up a brownie photo shoot...

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Urban sketching in Robertsbridge and the land of my ancestors

Urban sketching in Robertsbridge and the land of my ancestors

My mum was a very keen genealogist, and long before the internet she spent years researching our family history in person, gathering birth and death certificates, visiting cemeteries, hand searching shipping records and writing letters to potential relatives. It was a...

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Urban sketching in the Netherlands – my childhood home

Urban sketching in the Netherlands – my childhood home

I figure that I am spiritually about 10% Dutch. I lived in Holland for six of the first ten years of my life, and I have wonderful memories of that time – memories that have been soaking back into my veins and reclaiming my soul since the minute we stepped on a KLM...

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Sketching pumpkins

Sketching pumpkins

How on earth did we end up with so many gourds decorating our loungeroom? And why do I feel I can't get rid of them? Is there some weird sort of attraction to the rounded orangeness of them and their gorgeous rotundness? Why did a visitor add a baby gourd to the...

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