A current feature

In the next issue of Country Life (Wednesday 24th February), Helena Attlee looks at the wonderful temple garden of Hosen-in, near Kyoto

tsukubai

A 'tsukubai' for ritual hand-washing

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New book – Italy’s Private Gardens

After much debate, and pretty much at the last minute, everybody has agreed on a title for our next book (out in October). There are only so many ways you can combine the ideas of ‘Italy’ and ‘gardens’. Anyway, the layouts are done, the high res files have been sent off, and now we just have to wait and see.

italy's private gardens cover

R.I.P. Arthur

Presteigne’s favourite cat, and quite possibly (in cat-years, at least) its oldest inhabitant, is no more. Broad Street is in mourning.

Arthur enjoys the snow

Print On Demand

I’ve recently made a couple of picturebooks using the print-on-demand service offered by a company called Blurb (there are many others, and this is not a plug), and was pleasantly surprised by the quality. The (free) software isn’t hard to use, even for relative luddites like myself. There are a few problems involved in aligning double page spreads, calculating margins etc but nothing too dire. One of the books is a short portfolio of my own recent work, while the other is a record in b/w of the studio of the late John Sergeant, a master of still-life painting. Previews of the books can be seen at blurb.com. Here is an image from one of them:

skulls

Skulls

Print Sales

From time to time I’m asked where my pictures can be bought. You can always contact me directly through my website, of course, but I’ve also decided to offer prints through Redbubble. They will deliver prints (framed if required), cards and posters direct to your door in a range of sizes. See the slideshow below for a selection (mouseover and click ‘buy now’ – it doesn’t commit you – to see the whole image):

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A current feature

A new feature in this month’s Country Living magazine (February issue) – A Well-crafted Restoration. The conversion of a Victorian farmhouse in Shropshire by Matt and Jax Fothergill, text by Sarah Hart.

Back kitchen

Clay pipes found in the Thames

All White Now

A long-standing inability to resist a pun is my sole excuse for posting two more snowy pictures. That, and the encouraging thud of melting snow falling onto the skylight over my desk. Will life start flowing again, I wonder, after the strange time out we seem to have had ever since Christmas?

Frith wood in snow

Frith Wood, Presteigne

Shepherd's parsley in snow

Queen Anne's Lace

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