When we last left our furry friends on their adventure they were in somewhere called Vatican and had posed for a photograph surrounded by lots of people with a big dome building in the background.
Croc was quite relieved to be moving back inside where it was a little quieter. He loved the sunshine and the heat so could understand why everyone wanted to be outside on a day like today. Bertie had made Croc giggle as he had been desperately looking in the bottom of the camera bag for his hat. He didn’t like to go out in the sun for too long as he had heard you could get sunburn. Anything with burn in the sentence didn’t sound like a good idea to Bertie!
All Croc could see of Bertie at the moment was his paws as he laid upside down looking for his hat. Bertie’s little legs were kicking around desperately trying to wiggle deeper into the bag. He was wiggling so much that he managed to kick open the lid of the camera bag. Croc looked up in shock and it was then he saw the most amazing ceiling he had ever seen!!!!
Quickly Croc began to tug on Bertie’s leg. Bertie, thinking Croc had found his hat, pulled himself the right way up and then looked up at where Croc was pointing. They both stared mesmerised by the symmetry of the ceiling and the gentle glow of the sunlight coming in through the impressively high windows.
Little did they know, this ceiling wasn’t the most impressive one they would see on this trip!!!
Bertie and Croc’s updates have been a little sporadic recently. There is a good reason why….Bertie has been on an even bigger adventure and has been producing his own book!
So far he only has a draft version created but it is getting super exciting. Proof readers are providing positive feedback saying they love it!
This weekend Bertie spent ages in a photoshoot, getting his poses perfect, for his books front cover. He even had his fur brushed!!! (It can get a bit flat when you spend your life in a camera bag travelling the world.)
Bertie wanted to share with you his cover shoot. He will continue to keep you up to date on his book release and hopefully share some of our excitement with you. We are hoping it won’t be too long now before we can share the link to Bertie’s FIRST EVER book on Amazon!
In the meantime, once the excitement has died own a little, Bertie will be able to get back on task and working on more blog posts of his stories around the world.
He hopes you like the book cover and all that fur brushing wasn’t for nothing!
While sorting through some photographs I had a trip down memory lane when I came across these photographs taken in Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, UK. North Yorkshire has some pretty famous, historical and beautiful places. If you like history or walking (and don’t mind the rain) then it is definitely worth a visit!
Just past York lies Harrogate and Knaresborough. Knaresborough is a beautiful historic town with plenty to see. Look out for the painted windows when you walk through the city streets. There are also local walks which take you past some beautiful craved wooden sculptures.
One thing that draws a lot of attention is the water front. You can hire a boat and paddle down the River Nidd or simply kick back and relax in one of the many river side cafes.
There is also the amazing view from the top of the castle which is definitely worth a visit.
Times to visit:
Knaresborough hosts the annual Bed Race, held on the second Saturday of June. The event was first staged in 1966!
An annual town centre arts summer festival, FEVA (Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts), has run since 2001
Random Knaresborough fact: There is still someone employed to look after the Queens Ravens at the castle!
How to get there:
Knaresborough has it’s own railway station and trains run regularly between Leeds and York. The town is four miles from junction 47 of the A1 (M) Motorway (Great North Road), and on the A59 for those who prefer a more scenic route.
For some time now I have noticed faces in rock formations. It has never been so prominent than when I have been travelling in the Northern Territories outback. One of my favourite ones is from King’s Canyon near Uluru. Kings Canyon offers an awesome walking track, amazing views and scenery and the beautiful and reflective Garden of Eden. I highly recommend a visit if you are planning a trip to Uluru.
The face I saw in the rocks here looks like a king I think, with his stern look, straight set mouth, prominent nose and beard staring across the land which is rightfully his.
All it takes is a little imagination and a keen eye to spot patterns in nature. Have you spotted any faces in the rocks recently?
This is the first time I have visited Western Australia in the spring time and I have been overwhelmed with the beautiful wildflowers which I have seen. The air in Kings Park is full of the scents of a multitude of flowers and the sound of bees humming happily.
I especially love the creativity of nature.
Humans often believe that we are the only creative species on this planet but when you take some time to look closely at nature you see all forms of creativity, from helicopter seeds falling from trees to opening flowers twisting their lids off to spiral out and unfold. The photograph below shows a clever waterproofing and protective film over these hardy mountain plants.
Many patterns used by artists are inspired by nature. My fascination from an early age with being outside, observing and photographing nature has inspired several of my artistic projects. You only have to think of Wordsworth and his field of golden daffodils as an example of how nature has helped us connect to our creative side.
The next time you have having writers block or feeling stuck and stuffy from life, spend some time outside and be inspired by nature.
They seemed to be two VERY different questions to me. I find it is rare for people to be able to say that they actually earn a living from doing what they love. Usually what we love to do is what we are good at. I have heard a lot of people recently talk about how they earn money is not fulfilling and they want to do more with their life.
For me I have always been good at being creative. Literally anything creative I seem to be able to master at ease. This made choosing a specialism for my art degree an extremely hard task! When I was young you could often find me huddled on the floor drawing or bend over a desk painting. I was constantly creating. I would practice perspective over and over again until what I was drawing looked exactly like the object in front of me.
What did I do after my art degree? I got a job! As a primary school teacher. I lived my week for the one hour slot of art on a Thursday afternoon where I could share my love and passion for creativity with the eager little minds I was working with.
So in answer to the person who asked me the questions above, I replied, “what I do and what I am good at are two very different things. I am good at anything creative and working with people, engagement, networking and helping people develop. What do I do to earn money? Well at the moment
I enter invoices….
But nothing in life is ever permanent.”
What are you good at and what do you do? Does it match or is it far removed like me?
Darwin holds an annual Aboriginal Art Fair at the waterfront every August. It is free to enter and there are various workshops provided throughout the day. The art fair attracts artists from all over the Northern Territory and is a pretty big event. Some of the artist I spoke to had travelled for a couple of days to display their art work at the event.
The art works are displayed in stalls lined around Darwin’s convention hall. Each Aboriginal community has it’s own stall which is clearly labelled and the difference in the variety of artwork available is astonishing! There are woven baskets, fish carriers, rugs, musical instruments, paintings and prints.
The best part of the day for me wasn’t admiring the art work but having the opportunity to sit in one of the workshops. I settled myself on the floor and watched and learnt how to create a bark painting. The whole process had me mesmerised for nearly 2 hours. I forgot how much I miss being creative and painting.
Everyone takes what they need from art and for me it is the experience of creating which I find fulfilling.