Peregrine on the Spire

11.10 a.m., 49ºF, 9ºC, Wakefield Cathedral; A flock of  town pigeons circles and chacking jackdaws return to the belfry ia the louvred shutters, unperturbed by the presence of a peregrine preening on a crocket, halfway up the north-east side of the spire. It’s wonderful to be able to sit on a bench in the precinct and sketch […]

Blue Remembered Hills

Driving over the bridge at Torside Reservoir brought back memories of my first impressions of hill country. One Sunday in February 1961 we drove over Holme Moss and down into Longdendale, alongside the reservoir to visit my grandad who was in a nursing home in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire (now Greater Manchester). In my drawing, I rearranged the landscape to tell a story; […]


Torside Reservoir, Woodhead, Longdendale, from the road to Holme Moss. Yesterday in his budget George Osborne suggested a new Sheffield to Manchester route via an eighteen mile long tunnel. On a day like today, I’d prefer to stick with the old route. Woodhead is a scattered settlement on the A628 Sheffield to Manchester in the Peak […]