I have lived near the river Wear most of my life. I have been lucky a few times to see a flash of colour as a Kingfisher has flown by. I spent many hours of my childhood often doing all the things you are not supposed to nowadays - swimming in the river, climbing on the outside of the bridges, exploring miles of river bank with no one knowing exactly where I was. The one smell I love to bring all these memories back is the Himalayan Balsam, to me it is evocative of summer holidays spent by the river. It may be an invasive species but it will always have a place in my heart.
When I have anytime, usually after ten at night when I am too tired to paint I will try & keep you updated on what we are upto.