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Sketchbook Traveller

That’s quite enough of my travels – at least for now. This blog post is for those of you who like the idea of keeping a visual diary and have asked me about it, so I’ve had a look at what I took with me and my approach to sketching on the go. Of course continue reading »


Oceans and islands Part Four

Penguins, shipwrecks and whalebones – the Falkland Islands When Captain Fitzroy and the ‘Beagle’ arrived at the Falklands in March 1833, Charles Darwin’s diary notes: ‘The first news we received to our astonishment, that English had taken possession of the Falkland Islands and that the flag was now flying. These islands have been for some continue reading »


Oceans and islands Part three

Sea, sails and sketchbook – Rapa Nui to Falklands via Cape Horn When I was a child I had a globe. I’ve always loved maps and as we moved every few years it was good to spin the globe and see where our next home was going to be. Usually I kept it with the continue reading »


Oceans and islands Part Two

Flying fish and fickle winds ‘There’s a world of difference between saying ‘I want to’ and ‘I will” (Bernard Moitessier) It took us thirteen days to sail from San Cristobal in the Galapagos to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a voyage of 2,007 miles. In that time we saw three ships, plenty of flying fish and continue reading »


Oceans and islands Part One

I’ve never bunked off work for two months before, and apologies to anyone who’s been trying to get hold of me whilst I was away, but I’m so glad I did it. My little adventure was at times exciting, surprising, challenging, enjoyable, dull, relaxing, stressful, easy, and tough. I’ve walked in wild places, swum in continue reading »