Bluebell wood

I do quite a lot of drawing and painting (check out my insta) and quite often do courses to keep me on my toes and introduce me to new things. In the last five years or so I’ve done some… Most recently I’ve done a course on Digital Drawing online with Sarah Bowe which I am just submitting the final piece for. This is the course, if anyone is interested: The final piece (for me) looks like this and is a digital sketch of penglais woods in a sort of manga style. I’ve enjoyed the course on one level but I think I’ll stickRead More →

Everyone I speak to who has hayfever confirms that 2019 has been a challenging year of sneezing, running eyes, and itchy faces. This means that there’s a lot of pollen about. In over 10 years of beekeeping, Rog has only once collected enough honey to warrant borrowing the extractor from the beekeepers association. Usually, we get 5 or 6 jars, if we’re lucky. This year, the payoff for my runny nose was a Saturday spent extracting honey. How do you extract honey? Well let me show you. To begin with you have a bunch of frames. These sit in a super which is a boxRead More →

For the last 6 months I’ve been part time at 70%, in pursuit of a bit of headspace and some work-life balance. This was part of Aberystwyth University’s “flexible working” scheme where you can apply for different hours for 6 months on a trial basis, so it was a relatively risk free way of experimenting with a little bit more free time. Obviously, it’s not always possible to get work done in the time available (and some things – like open days or travel – I didn’t count because nobody bothers counting them). Generally I’ve tried to stick to my days off though, keeping trackRead More →