Black Swans Preening

The Calder Valley beyond Mirfield is disappearing into the haze this morning. In the waterfowl pen at Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, black swans are preening. This disconsolate-looking West Highland terrier was sitting by a table at the the Caffe Capri. These are the first scans from my sketchbook made using Affinity Photo. Aspects of the process […]

Weaners

At Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, the piglets are getting to the stage where they’d be better being separated from the sow. She’s getting increasingly irritated by the continual rough-and-tumble of her nine little porkers. Rough-and-tumble except for the numerous occasions when they’re taking a break. Rhea Two of the rhea eggs in the incubator at Charlotte’s […]

Petra

Petra is a working cocker spaniel (although she doesn’t actually work), from Berkshire but I drew her recently in the Lake District, where she was taking a break with friends, as her owners were moving house. She’s a dog who doesn’t like being on her own but she’ll happily set off in the company of […]

The Menagerie Lion

This stone lion, reclining on the lawn, always takes me by surprise as we walk past a large evergreen oak and it springs into view. Surprisingly, a real lion was once kept here in the Menagerie at Nostell Priory, just yards from the Doncaster to Wakefield turnpike road, behind a high stone wall in an old quarry. There’s a […]

Squirrels in the Sycamores

Against a clear blue sky, the winter sun picks out slashes of creamy white on the top branches of a tall sycamore, which I suspect are the result of grey squirrels stripping the bark. There’s no sign of damage on the adjacent oak but its bark, loaded with tannins, is probably not as nutritious as […]