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  We were talking about hitchhiking. I asked if you ever had. I thought it was illegal now, but it’s not. But still I would never have tried it as a teenager. I was always too afraid I think. Had the dangers of it reinforced in my thinking at a young age. I always listened […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 61: Raymond Briggs – Snowdog – Sketch with pencil crayon

Poem: London Train

London Train Written May 2, 2017 I’m at Piccadilly Station in London. I feel very inexperienced at this. At first, I think it will be just like when I am getting off the train in Manchester for work. A state of not really thinking, walking straight past the blue departure information boards
t o the Manchester […]

Poem: Pints

Pints Written October 14, 2017 When I lived in England I rinsed the empties under water and lined the bottles up behind the kitchen tap. I set the pints on the front steps at night. In the morning I heard the milk float pull to a stop. Heard the clink of the bottle exchange, old […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 60: Practice Sketch – “Frozen Laundry” – Stevan Dohanos, Cover of Saturday Evening Post March 8, 1952

365 Drawings - Drawing 59: Practice Sketch – Michael Foreman Ghost Ship

365 Drawings - Drawing 58: Practice Sketch – Michael Foreman Fairy Tale Castle

365 Drawings - Drawing 57: Practice Sketch of The Ugly Duckling by Michael Foreman

365 Drawings - Drawing 56: Colour 197

365 Drawings - Drawing 55: Sketch kitchen R. Briggs S & D

365 Drawings - Drawing 54: Sketch birdfeeder and shed in snow R. Briggs S & D

365 Drawings - Drawing 53: Sketch fire scene R Briggs Snowman and Snowdog

365 Drawings - Drawing 52: What did you find?

365 Drawings - Drawing 51: Landing

365 Drawings - Drawing 50: Mountains

365 Drawings - Drawing 49: Transport

365 Drawings - Drawing 48: Shopping

365 Drawings - Drawing 47: Time Travel

Poem: Time Travel

  Time Travel Written May 20, 2017   Grandpa’s white ford in the garage behind the house is a ’52 or a ’56. We sit in the front seat on the wool blanket that covers the cracks in burgundy leather. Farm kittens rest paws outstretched On the hood. Past the shiny gear leaver, Over the […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 46: Snow Village Scene – R. Briggs Snowman and Snowdog

365 Drawings - Drawing 45: Lighthouse #2 from R. Briggs Snowman and Snowdog, sketch with watercolour

Poem: Grocery Shopping

  Grocery Shopping Written June 27, 2017 On the way to the store I see things out the window that cars and drivers leave behind: cigarette butts on the road shoulder; hubcaps in the grass by the road. But what I need to find are coins. When we get to the grocery store, I realize […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 44: Astoria Hotel, Hastings Street, Vancouver

Poem: Skytrain Cops

  Skytrain Cops Written May 13, 2017   It was always rent and cat food first, then subway fare to work then food for me. If I was rich enough I’d get a monthly pass. Once a couple of days before payday I was broke but bought a ticket. Shoved it in my purse where […]

Poem: Mountains

  Mountains Written Dec 10, 2017 I awoke after midnight. Look up from my pillow. Where did the mountains go? That’s one thing the darkness takes away. I’m not sure where they go. The raccoons, skunks, coyotes disappear, Scamper back into hedges, ravines and forests. The mountains reappear again when I am up drinking coffee. […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 43: Sketch of Lighthouse – Raymond Briggs Snowman and Snowdog

Poem: Landing

    Landing Written May 7, 2017   We stopped at Iceland and I stared out the window at the barren landscape at the airport as we refueled. Now we are over Vancouver and skies are clear. The plane circles over sparkling water, blue inlets, and mountains still with snow on. I haven’t seen this […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 42: Drawing, toy box in Raymond Briggs The Snowman and the Snowdog

Poem: Cat’s Adventure

Cat’s Adventure Written June 18, 2017. The cats are both eight months. I put them in the pink stroller. Rainy days, polka-dotted, it sits in the front room. They pounce on it. Sometimes sleep in there. On days that are suitable we do Robson, Denman, Coal Harbour. I get mistaken for pushing a baby in […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 41: Aspidistra and fan, interior sketch, Derbyshire 1994

365 Drawings - Drawing 40: The Heron Tree – Pastel on Paper October 2015

Poem: Flowers

Flowers Written March 19, 2017 I worked in a flower shop, tossing faded blooms and arranging new ones with pollen stained fingers. Stabbing tiger and stargazer lily stems into wet sponge. When I went to the cafe upstairs for a coffee one day a girl who worked there as I was taking a fiver out […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 39: Snow Covered Tree

Poem: What is in the Forest?

  What is in the Forest? Written December 15, 2017   What is in the forest by the lake? Ferns, flies, beetles, moths, dew, Pine needles, grass, sunshine, Feathers, bark, arbutus, rain, Huckleberry bushes, tree sap, Mosquitoes, moonlight, bluejays. Crows, eagles, deer, bears, Cougars, hummingbirds, The talk of canoeists that echoes up from Lake water […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 38, Christmas Day: Interior at the Blarney Stone, Carrall Street

Poem: What did you find?

  What did you find? Written December 12, 2017   A ten pound note A quarter Another question A rain cloud That you were right That you were wrong That it didn’t matter anyway That the coffee was cold That it was all it was cracked up to be A coin under the pillow An […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 37: Stage at the Railway Club Dec 23, 2017

365 Drawings - Drawing 36: Santa in White Rock Snowboarding – Acrylic on Canvas Panel

365 Drawings - Drawing 35: Boy from Snowman Practice Sketch

365 Drawings - Drawing 34: Christmas Illustration Interior – Pencil Crayon and Watercolour on paper

365 Drawings - Drawing 33: The Snowman Practice Sketch

Poem: That Morning

  That Morning Written Feb 8, 2017 I had laid the green throw blanket by the radiator. He curled up on it and watched the gulls land on the roof of the opposite building. His whiskers still and claws retracted. He alternated with sometimes getting up and sitting in the basket by the corner window. […]

Poem: Christmas in Derbyshire

Christmas in Derbyshire Written March 19, 2017   We’ve built long chains with coloured paper from the Discount Centre. These last afternoons we cut strips and hooked each colour onto another. We spent the day standing on chairs and pinning them to the walls. They go all around the top of the lounge, along the […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 32: Bean Around the World, Powell and Gore Street, Vancouver

365 Drawings - Drawing 31: Interior of the Bourbon, Cordova Street


Today I finished my first novel. I will send it out to readers for feedback in the New Year.

Poem: Amsterdam Airport

                        Leaving Amsterdam Airport – Paul Mitchell   Amsterdam Airport Written May 12, 2017   I am at Amsterdam airport. On a transfer to the UK from Vancouver. I sit on the plane on the runway with the other passengers waiting to get organized for take off. Before I sat on this plane I sat […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 30: Interior, Cafe du Soleil, Commercial Drive

365 Drawings - Drawing 29: Interior at Zawa, Commercial Drive

Poem: Rock City

Rock City Written June 19, 2017 We are going to Rock City. Rosa makes us stop at a petrol station. Goes in and buys tampax and condoms. Opens the car door laughing hysterically. Says the boy at the cashier went white as a sheet when she went up to pay. I’ve been to Nottingham another […]

365 Drawings - Drawing 28: Funky Winker Beans Interior #3, The Bar, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper

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