stories and illustration

A Christmas Lion

Deciding to put images on Facebook each day, or as near as possible each day, in the New Year, I decided to start early with an image of some time ago, a Christmas card. Still working on a picture book, Musical Bears, but after this is finished and ready to sent out to potential publishers (two months, three months?), I will go back to painting and to wandering in the countryside of the Scottish Borders, with my camera, looking mostly for small details that catch my eye. Until I inhabited in a place where one could walk where one wanted I never understood how Right to Roam changes one’s sense of where one lives. I thought it was an ancient Scottish custom, but no, it was basically set into law round about the Millennium. The only PRIVATE notices you see are round people’s garden, everywhere else you can just wander. Up the road is the Hirsel, the estate belonging to the Douglas-Hume family. Our local aristocrats are very popular, unlike some…

December 18, 2020 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Amaryllis and Penguin


amaryllis and penguinAmaryllis and penguin – not words that go so often together. I was given this plant for Christmas, put it in its pot, watered it, nothing happened for six weeks, then overnight there was this triffid growing several inches a day, with a multi-beaked head, and then this lovely creature, filling the February windowsill with its colour and its eight red flowers, four on each stem. A couple of leaves right at the bottom are struggling to catch up. I think the person who gave me this deserves an amaryllis card.

February 27, 2019 Posted by | Art, Uncategorized | , , , , | 5 Comments

Season’s Greetings


Have a great time over the Christmas holiday, and a peaceful and happy New Year.

December 19, 2016 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Happy Christmas

Happy ChristmasA Christmas Card from the Scottish Borders, to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

December 23, 2015 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , | 6 Comments

Light Bracelets 1

Light Bracelets 1

December 10, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rough Water by the Weir

Rough Water

This morning dawned sunlit, followed by high winds which lashed rain against the window; then this afternoon the sun came out again.  I walked on the big open fields of the Lees, coming up on to the muddy path  beside the Tweed where the wind banged against me so icy it hurt.  My possum hat flew off – my possum hat never blows off – it was a raw old day.  I met a family group coming towards me past The Fishing Hut who asked me if it was windy thataway.  Why yes, it is windy, windy and freezing.  Right, they said, we’ll go this way instead.  So I turned away from the river and followed them back to Coldstream, but not before I took some photographs. It was getting dark, but the light from off the river was enough to get  picture of the mercurial waters of the weir as the sun set over the horizon.  The roads were being salted, so frost is on its way. All the way round the Lees are small tracks, from miniature motorbikes that have been given to two young boys for Christmas.  I don’t know how they managed yesterday when the winds were so strong they almost knocked me over.  I met them as they stopped their machines and waited for me to pass.  You got those for Christmas? I asked.  Yes, they said.  Fantastic.  What joy they must have been having, and I don’t suppose they have been making the mud much worse.  Anyway,  tomorrow the ruts will be hard and crisped with ice.

January 2, 2015 Posted by | Painting, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands and Light 3

hands and light 3

December 16, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands and Light 2

hands and light 2

December 16, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands and Light 1

hands and light 1

December 16, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas: Afternoon, Trees, River Tweed, Late Sun


December 27, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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