The Lake District
After spending 2 years living on the side of Blencathra mountain, training as a field studies tutor, completing DofE training in a canoe and training as a Mountain Leader, I knew the Lakes and mountains had a special place in my heart...
From the Grasmere gingerbread to the peaks of Helvellyn to the pretty Herdwick sheep, I have painted the features geographically found in the Lake District.
Why not buy a print for your loved one to remind them of the memories we share too
Apple Varieties of the British Isles
I never drank 'real' cider until I met my partner in 2014 - wow, what a learning curve!
From cider apples (Fair Maid of Devon), to cooking apples (Bramley), to eating ones (Worcester Permain) to apple jelly (crab apples) - there are over 300 varieties in the UK, Apples are not just grown in "the sunny south", but rather in all parts of the UK.
This 'map' of apples shows the rough geographical location of where many apple varieties are grown.
"ONE aPPLE A dAY KEEPS THE dOCTOR AWAY!"
Apples are low GI (glycaemic ), which means it contains sugars which cause blood sugar levels to rise slowly and fall slowly - help you feel fuller for longer!
Why not purchase a print for your apple-loving friends and family...
Lynton & Lynmouth
illustrated map in watercolour
I am fascinated at the 500ft difference between these two coastal towns...
"Lyn" is the River Lyn and "ton" is the "town" of the Lyn and "mouth" of the river Lyn at the bottom. Connected famously by the L&L Cliff railway (the only water-powered funicular railway in the World!) and the 1 in 4 Lynmouth Hill, you will be touched by the breath taking views!
The two towns also known as "Little Switzerland" boasts a stunning former fishing harbour, the Rhenish Tower (previously holding Bath water for the Bath Hotel), various hotels, B&Bs and stunning walks to Valley of Rocks, Watersmeet and Countisbury. The beautiful Lynton Town Hall and the Cliff Railway were erected by Sir George Newnes in late 1800s which are now visited by over 2 million people a year...
On the night of August 15th 1952, Lynmouth and the surrounding villages were devastated by an unprecedented flood, losing several residents, buildings and changing the landscape forever, I still hear the ghostly stories and scars from my very friends who live here. The town has been re-engineered and reshaped to withstand (God forbid) a repeat of Mother Nature...or was it something else?
With the Lynmouth Sailing Club revived, I decided to add a sailing boat and a traditional fishing boat.
I used various aviation aerial images to see the detail in the buildings. A very rewarding project!
WALK Lynton & Lynmouth
illustrated map in watercolour
A map dedicated to "finding your way around Lynton & Lynmouth"
The footpaths of Westaway, Clooneavin and Mars Hill connected the two towns up a steep zig zag path...its worth the climb!
The footpaths are highlighted in brown with distinctive footprints taking you to - Watersmeet, Valley of Rocks, up the Zig Zag Westaway footpath (500ft climb) and Mars hil or Clooneavin flatter options - still a climb!
Take the Cliff Railway for stunning views over Lynmouth and Foreland Point.
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