Inspiration

Traveling in China in the spring of 2016 we visited a number of beautiful old villages, exploring their architecture and seeing how this relates to the current owners use of the buildings.

Although the tiny terraced fields on the cliffs of West Cornwall are long abandoned, narcissus appear each spring and flower in wonderful variety.

With a winter so mild I am surrounded by a wonderful array of flowers and so have decided to join the Valentines Day Flower Count instigated by the National Trust in Devon and Cornwall. Here they are.

The first sunshine of the year came on the third day and I and the bees came out to enjoy its warmth, the bees feasting on the nectar of Tree Heather.

The Peschanka Dunes of Kazakhstan were formed 60 million years ago and so plants and animals are well adjusted to this sandy environment. The Toad-headed Agamas merge seamlessly with the sand, hardly visible until they move, but once seen these lizards are entrancing to watch.

I take real delight in seeing clothes drying on the washing line, absorbing all that fresh air and sunshine. The butterflies like sun-soaked fabric too.

Many creatures come to dine on my apples but the songbirds come to sing and my cat just to enjoy my company, although the birds are none to keen on that one.

Having delivered art to Cornwall Crafts at Trelissick I walked down to the water, where people were enjoying the autumn sunshine and a Robin was singing to the world.

Mid-summer morning in a Kazakh Village in the foothills of The Altai Mountains. In a landscape of Granite, the houses and fences are all of wood, from the extremely rustic to the wildly decorative.

The National Dahlia Collection at Varfell grows within sight of St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. The field is filled with colour, with the dahlias taking many different forms. This year the single flowers were particularly fascinating to me and the bees. There was quite a buzz.

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