Friday, 11 October 2019

fat birds

Fat birds.
In a pattern.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

fly away

To hibernate or fly away. That is the question. Sadly the answer is neither. Too much to do mate.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


It was dark when the alarm went off this morning. 

Sunday, 6 October 2019

weekend end

Weekends aren't long enough.
That is all.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

september 19

So this was September... surprisingly mucho considering I don't feel like I've had much time for personal work of late...

Tuesday, 1 October 2019


In other little night owl flew the nest and went to live in Newcastle to start uni....I have many amusing tales already which I will share when I get a minute.
And we got new Loaf sofas which I bloody love. The eldest thinks we waited till she left on purpose, but there is absolutely no truth in that rumour....none at all...

NOT halloween

I realise that it's now October... but I drew this in September, I just didn't have a minute to ask my question....What's with all the people banging on about Halloween in bloody September???
I don't get it? Halloween is one day. Right at the end of the month. It's not even that exciting. A bit of trick or treat and some pumpkins? Woo!
Surely people have more interesting things to think about in their lives a full 5 weeks before it arrives?
And do not even get me started about the fecking idiots who are already twitting on about Christmas! GET A LIFE!!!

I feel better for that.
As you were x

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

work avoidance scheme

When you just can't get into the work you're meant to be doing.... make a moose pattern.

Friday, 13 September 2019

university shopping

We spent most of yesterday spending a zillion quid on kitting out the eldest for university. She now owns better stuff than we have at home and I am most jealous of her moving to a swanky new pad on her own. 
We're taking the first lot up to Newcastle this weekend ... but then she's coming home to slum it with us for a week before she actually flies the nest next week.
Tissues at the ready...

Wednesday, 11 September 2019


A couple of pics from this week....autumn innit....

Monday, 2 September 2019


I literally have not had a minute for any personal work since July.
Apart from when I was in Mexico obvs. I had loads of time then.
But for the first time ever I just could not be arsed!
I was so very busy with other people's drawings before I went that I just lost the joy.
We've been back almost 3 weeks and I was thrown straight back into the busy-ness as soon as the wheels touched the tarmac at Manchester airport.
I was gonna do some proper work last night but then I gave myself a slap and reminded myself that it was the weekend. So I drew a fox. Cos it's all very autumn round here.
And I actually love September.

Back to the grindstone now...

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

what holiday?

Did I ever actually go away?
And did I ever sit relaxing in the sun, deciding that I wouldn't work so hard when I got home?
Maybe it was all a dream?

Sunday, 28 July 2019

british summer time

Just as we were loving the hottest day ever in the history of Britain and living our best life in the beer garden on a Thursday... along came 48 hours of torrential rain and temperatures better suited to March. 
Bloody British weather.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

man on the moon

Loving all the stuff about the moon landings at the mo...

Thursday, 18 July 2019

holiday shopping

I want to be one of those people who spends the week before they go on holiday just pottering round the shops buying new HotWeatherClothes, insect repellant and sunscreen.
I'm not quite sure how I ended up being one of those work-till-the-last-minute-then-stay-up-till-2am-ironing-and-chucking-random-stuff-in-a-case-whilst-screeching-at-anyone-who-dares-to-sit-down sort of people.
But this year is no exception.
I have actually turned down a few jobs this month. But obviously not enough cos I'm having to work my little arse off and stay up till stupid o'clock just to stay affloat. 
That early morning beer at the airport can not come soon enough.

Friday, 12 July 2019

just bury your head in the sand mate

If the work list is long and the time available is short....just make like an ostrich and bury your head in the sand. 
In three weeks time I'll be sipping a margarita and eating nachos on the beach
What work 🤷🏼‍♀️?

Thursday, 11 July 2019

monkeys and stuff

Yay, it's the eldest's last night in the jungle, she sets off home tomorrow. Can't wait to see her. She sounds to have had an amazing time! Two nights in Dubai followed by a week in Bali doing jungly things like riding elephants and visiting the monkey forest certainly trumps my first holiday at the same age with my boyfriend. (A 24 hour coach journey to Spain to spend a week in a pre-erected tent in case you're wondering.)
And only 17 sleeps till she's back on a plane for her jollies with us.
The youth of today 🤷🏼‍♀️They don't know they're born.

Sunday, 7 July 2019


The eldest is living her best life at the mo. Today she rode on an elephant in a river! Then washed him. And fed baby elephants.
Meanwhile at home I made a winnerwinnerchickendiner for my mum and dad. Similar. But not the same 😐

Friday, 5 July 2019

child free

OK so this is weird. The eldest is living it large in Bali. And the youngest is away in a tent till Sunday. We are child free all weekend. And we're staying at home. This has never happened before. Well, not for the last 18 years and 10 months. Whenever a child free opportunity has arisen in the past we've taken full advantage and legged it to a hotel. But the other half is going away for the week next Saturday and it's only 3 weeks till our jollies so we didn't bother.
In any case, with the eldest leaving for uni in September and the youngest only 3 years behind her Im guessing that this empty nest is the future.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

what's going on

Currently happening in my little world:
The eldest is on holiday with her boyf. They're in Dubai at the mo but fly to Bali tonight. Not. Jealous. At. All. 😐
I've joined a gym. I've never been in a gym before. I have my induction tomorrow. That might be the only time I actually go.
I've taken on more work than I actually should have done and I'm getting a twitchy eye at the thought of everything I need to do in the next 3 weeks and 4 days.
We go on holiday in 3 weeks and 5 days. So I won't care anymore.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

june 19

That's June done and dusted. Another year whizzing by superfast. 

Thursday, 27 June 2019


It's suddenly totally tropical in Yorkshire. Woohoo. I might even have to take a layer off!
[It's completely not true that all Brits ever talk about is the weather. I hardly ever mention it myself.]

Sunday, 23 June 2019


The eldest finished her last exam on Monday. Happyflippinglulliah! So we zipped straight off to Centerparcs and rode bikes through the forest all week.
I've now got about 10 weeks worth of work to do in the next 5 weeks before we jet off on our jollies.
Bye then.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

father's day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Especially mine. Who's away on holiday. And the other half. Who's out working for a couple of hours.

Friday, 14 June 2019

the big shop

Our Tesco online delivery comes between 9 and 10am on a Monday. To secure this apparently popular slot I have to place my order sometime soonish the week before. So I go online, chuck a few random items in the basket and check out. Then every Sunday night, after moaning about it for 3 hours, I go back online to update the order to something we actually need.
Only this Sunday I moaned for 3 hours, went online, spent forever updating the order....then forgot to checkout.
So the delivery arrived on Monday morning and it was basically a bottle of Jack Daniels, some prawns and 12 packets of crisps. 
My sister said that this was the equivalent of spending an hour walking round Morissons filling up your trolley, then leaving it in the bread aisle. She's not wrong.
So I logged back in and secured ANOTHER slot for Tuesday morning. Apparently Tuesday mornings aren't as popular as Mondays. I chucked a load of cleaning products and toothpaste and toilet paper into the basket and checked out. I intended to go back and add actual food before the 11.46pm deadline.
Only I forgot. 
The delivery arrived on Tuesday morning and it was basically dishwasher tabs, tin foil and bog roll.
Still no food.
I had to physically show up in person at an actual supermarket to buy our dinner. 
We've run out again now cos I hate supermarket shopping.
But at least we have the Jack Daniels.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

rain rain rain

You've gotta be suspicious when the weather men say it's gonna be a "flaming June"
They're usually flaming lying.
This June is no exception.
It hasn't stopped chucking it down all month.
And don't tell me it's good for the garden. I don't want it to be good for the sodding garden. It's overgrown and like a bloody jungle as it is.
Just send some sunshine please.
And warmth.
It would be nice to stop wearing 15 layers of winter clothes.

forgot to post

A couple of pics that I stuck on the old insta but forgot to put on here....cos we all love seeing the same old shit on every media platform 😆

Thursday, 6 June 2019

exam hell

We're a household in the middle of exam hell at the mo. The eldest is in the middle of her A levels. She is somewhat erratic with the revision and alternates between staring at her phone for hours on end and writing pages and pages of elaborate notes. 
Her bedroom is such a tip that she has now decamped to the dining table. It's completely covered in revision crap and we can no longer eat there.
She had a biology exam this morning so she stayed up all night to revise.
She is driving me mad.
Only 3 exams to go now though. In 11 days it will all be over.
Can't. Bloody. Wait.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

may 19

May pattern....
I've been doing these monthly round-ups for six actual years now! Blimey!

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

nice weather for ducks

What's with all the April showers this week? It's nearly June for gawd's sake!

The youngest is away at camp. The eldest is either sleeping or staring at her phone in order to avoid very-late-in-the-day A level revision. So as Monday was a bank holiday, the other half and I squeezed in a cheeky trip to Saltaire. It was chucking it down. So we hid in a pub and stuffed our faces. Obvs.
And of course I paid a visit to the book shop in Salts Mill. Best. Shop. Ever.

I realised something while looking at all the fab kids books they have there. I like the simple books best. The board books. In my head I think I want to illustrate fancy picture books. Then people go on about expression and texture and movement and fiddly piddly detail and I try to be someone else. But really I just like a nice board book. Simple. Matt paper, not cheap and shiny. Nice colours. Quirky pictures. You have to do what you love really don't you?...

Sunday, 26 May 2019

spring bank holiday

You wait all year for a bank holiday then 3 come along at once.
Better get to the pub to celebrate then.

Thursday, 23 May 2019


I have retired.
From the school run 😜
After 15 years!
The eldest left school last week. The youngest walks to his school. My services are no longer required. Apart from for a few exams of course, I can't wriggle out of them. 
But maybe when they're over I'll swap my car for a funky thing on two wheels...

Friday, 10 May 2019

burger t-shirt day

I walk past the primary school on my morning dog walk. Today was some kind of non uniform day. Rex was just going into school. In his burger t-shirt. Apparently he didn't really want to wear his burger t-shirt. But he looked pretty cool anyway.
True story.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

icy blast

The calendar says "spring".
The weather outside says "autumn".
The temperature in my studio this morning says "arctic bloody winter".
For some reason all the radiators in the house are on full blast, as they have been since September, but the one in my studio is icy cold!
I have had to decamp to the breakfast bar 😩

Sunday, 5 May 2019

another bank holiday

Another long weekend? Don't mind if I do.
*switches alarm off and opens another bottle*

Thursday, 2 May 2019

frog procrastination

Drawing frogs.
Procrastination which I can actually convince myself is real work.
Well it IS.
Obvs 🤷🏼‍♀️

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

april 19

April animals hanging out in a pattern. In May.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

weekend vibes

I did this at the weekend.
Forgot to post.
It's not the weekend any more.
It's Tuesday.
So it doesn't apply.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

world penguin day

Every day is a day these days. Who even decides these things?

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

april showers

British summer time resumes today with some good old downpours.
We can't moan though, Easter weekend was the hottest and sunniest weekend EVER. It involved boat rides on a river, tennis with the kids, drinks in the pub, a family day of fun at my favourite sister's and a trip to the bike park.
Followed of course by a trip to A&E with a broken wrist for the youngest who didn't manage to remain in one piece on his actual bike.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

easter dog

And THIS is not the Easter bunny...

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

easter tiger

This is not the Easter Bunny. Do not be fooled. It is an imposter.