On September 20th I will be leading another sketching course at The Pheasant Hotel Harome, North Yorkshire. We had an excellent day in March in very fine weather using the beautiful surroundings of Harome. A fine lunch with wine was provided as part of the course, a chance to socialise and reflect on a lovely morning sketching. Once again the emphasis of the day will be upon enjoying sketching the village, in particular the area by the pond where ducks, trees, water and of course sky can all be tackled. You will need basic watercolour brushes and paints, pencils, a water pot and a good quality cartridge or watercolour sketchpad. A folding chair might also be useful and clothing to suit plein air sketching! The cost which includes coffee and lunch will be £45. For more information or booking please contact the Pheasant Hotel on 01439 771241.
House Martins have returned over the last couple of days with at least two pairs holding disused nests on our house. I am baffled as to why they are showing such interest in the nests this late. Two pairs returned in late spring but both failed to raise young and had deserted by early July. With the adult birds are many juveniles so we are currently treated to between 20- 30 martins wheeling around the eaves in the morning. Whilst it is highly unlikely that either pair will attempt to breed this late, it is certainly wonderful to have martins around again and perhaps this late prospecting bodes well for us next year.
Found some common lizards basking in what little warmth there was available on the moors. We also found a slow worm, a beautiful bronze coloured specimen. The bell heather is just coming into bloom, the prelude to a glorious time on the North York Moors when the heather covers the tops in mauve. My son and I scrumped hundreds of bilberries, absolutely delicious especially when three or four are taken at once!