Haven’t been in one of these since I was a student. So utilitarian and perfectly functional.

Allotment up-cycling

Water bottles

Chop the base of these plastic water bottles and you have mini-greenhouses. They work out at about £1.50 each. Gawd knows what cloches cost in garden centres!
Our allotment (Tottenham Hale East + LUOS ) is an example of inspirational up-cycling.
Nothing is wasted or dumped, wooden pallets, old scaffolding planks, yoghurt pots . . . the list goes on. The only money spent is on seeds and even then people dry some for next season. (Oh, and I’ve got a few bags of ‘seized’ cannabis plant compost! Supposed to be top quality so maybe I’ll get some wacky veg!)

Visual note

Tube image

Been intrigued by this pattern across from the Northbound line at Finsbury Park.(Honestly! Who gives a t… where it is!). Anyway, I got off the train the next day to photograph it. There’s nothing intriguing about it really, just a mixture of efflorescence and mouldy paper I imagine?

A scene played out on the streets of NY

NY Model

We were sitting having more coffee and brownies in yet another cafe and this small piece of theatre unfolded behind me. I know people describe some photo’s as being ‘shot from the hip’ but not sure if my old iPhone upside down and by my left leg’s the same thing?  Still, whatever it takes.

Pocket size sketches

Strange fact no.1: When you don’t have a notebook or sketchbook on you, there’s loads of stuff you want to note or sketch.

Strange Fact no.2: When you have a sketchbook or notebook on you all the time, there’s nothing that induces you to note or sketch.

The boat is a traditional ‘Oruwa’ Sri Lankan fishing boat. the section attached to the main body, sort of a catamaran, (Outrigger!), is always kept on the windward side, just so we’re clear on that.

Tea plantation workers plodding up a track.

The heron sketch is in fact an Egret. Even a drawing that is not much more than 150mm in height gives no sense of how big it is. In fact they’re quite small and love sitting on water buffalo.

Sri Lanka

IMG_1587BWEye and camera. I love the simplicity of my old Iphone. I got this from a swerving tuk-tuk as we left Kandy in Sri Lanka. That moment when an image is what you hoped it would be always excites me.