Gazebo gallery

Here's my stall at the Dumfries producers market. I've been really pleased with this gazebo that I bought a few months ago. As we've come out of COVID hiding it's allowing me to show my creations more effectively at markets and fairs with both a tiered and a hanging display, something that I never could with an open trestle table, and it helps to maintain better 'social distancing' too.

On the wall.

And here's a photo the buyer sent me of the canvas mounted on their wall. And looking pretty fabulous though I say so myself :-)

Crookedstane print.

Made to an order, this is the biggest print I've ever created. From my photo to my painting, the picture itself took over 200 hours but I was safely away with the fairies as I was doing that. However the artwork layout, printing, varnishing, stretching and finishing of this 6 foot by 3 foot gallery wrap canvas was rather nerve-wracking, knowing all the things that could go wrong, and it was a relief to get it safely done.

Hares in the garden

The hares are back in the garden.

Busy Bees

I love this time of the year when the bees are mobbing the rhododendrons and are so absorbed by their nectar gathering that they pay no attention to a lens just a few inches away.

Elephant Hawk Moth

I saw this striking, large pink and brown moth on a wall in our garden one early June evening. It's an Elephant Hawk Moth, a nighttime nectar feeder that is said to hover outside of its chosen flower, feeding like a hummingbird.

Croft Head and back

I've been getting back into running and this route to Croft Head and back from Moffat is one I've been building up to. Probably not the best time to do it with the roasting weather, and my calves are really feeling it now, but worth it for the views. …

bike ride via eskdalemuir

The Moffat and Eskdalemuir loop is one of my favourite cycle rides. It's 102 km with 1800 metres of climbing so pretty hard work on the legs, but the roads are quiet and the scenery you pass by is sublime.

Sunbeams over Moffat

After a wild day of high wind and torrential rain, some spectacular skies.

Treeline, hills and cloudy sky.

The hills are to the south east, rising above the A708 Moffat to Selkirk road. To the left is 'Broken Back', and to the right, Croft Head.

Primrose

After the first meaningful rain in weeks, primroses bloom in the forests above Moffat.