Well here we are.

After years ignoring the advice of those more experienced in this 'arty' thing and after making a plonker out of myself by asking advice about things an ill informed mollusc could work out for themselves, I have finally decided to BLOG.


This is just about me and the things that drive me to scribble on paper and splash colour on canvas.

To doodle and daub.


It's about hills, mountains, heath and woodland.

It's about walking, cycling and  travelling the green glory of the West Country.


It's about small scale adventures, minor explorations, tiny personal discoveries.


I hope to be informative and entertaining. If I'm not- apologies. If I'm wrong (I often am!) tell me!


If you want to leave a comment please DO! ...but if you want to insult (Ive seen this on other sites)..don't waste your time - I'll just ignore you. 27 years in education - I've seen it all before.




Welcome to my blog



Chuffed as monkeys!!!

By cobbart, Jun 1 2016 10:48AM


Great word; 'Chuffed'!

That feeling of pride at having done something worthwhile, of actually achieving something:

scoring in a vital match, getting a decent grade, killing a guitar solo, seeing your kids do well.

Staggering sweating to the top of a mountain - that's a good 'chuffer'.

And here's another one.

Getting your illustrations published for the first time!

I've been drawing daft pictures, as well as more serious scenes, for - well, about 50 years (--50 YEARS!! aaargh!!). On occasion the odd (very odd usually) person has said - "You ought to do that for a living" or "Y'know, people would pay for that" and on a couple of occasions "If I could draw like that I wouldn't be a ******* teacher" (their words, not mine!)

Well I never took much notice.

After all - there's Shepard and Rackham - no... they can actually DRAW!


Last year, after spending 12 months doodling, painting and exploring I was contacted by two lovely ladies. The Two Blondes.

"We've seen your piccies on twitter - would you like to illustrate our book?"

Really? ...you got the right person?...


Just seen the book online.


Comes out in July at a Dartmoor National Park open day.

At that moment, when said volume is in my sweaty grip I'll be...

Chuffed as Monkeys!!!!!

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