This time next week I will be on a ship setting sail from Longyearbyen! There is a website called Marinetraffic where you can see the progress of the Antigua as we sail around the islands. Apparently the ice is still quite thick for this time of year so I don’t know how far North we… Continue reading Arctic Preparations.
As a printmaker I usually make pictures using metal plates and acid, the acid eats away the metal and leaves grooves. I rub ink into the grooves and then squish the ink into white paper in a big metal printing press. Whilst I am in the Arctic Circle I won’t have any metal plates or acid… Continue reading Printmaking
What will I do in the Arctic Circle?
I’m going to Svalbard. Svalbard is an archipelago – that means a group of islands - in the far north of Norway. I’ll travel there by plane, stopping off at Oslo in Norway, then flying on, nearly up to the top of the planet. I will land in a town called Longyearbyen, which is… Continue reading What will I do in the Arctic Circle?
Have you been to The Natural History Museum in London? It is my favourite museum and last week I went into a part of the building where I’ve never been before. This is the part where there are microscopes and labs, and piles and piles of books, boxes of stones and bags of bones and… Continue reading Conodonts
Did you know that you are sharing your home with wild animals? Whether it’s city or countryside, wild creatures share our habitat, our gardens, roads and routes to school. Some animals such as pigeons and squirrels are easy to see and we can all identify them, but many animals are nocturnal or just difficult to… Continue reading Scatology.
For years I’ve been prodding about by fence posts and farm buildings, searching for an owl pellet, a package of goodies first brought to my attention in childhood nature books; to no avail. A few months ago I went to stay with some friends who were showing me some buildings they are restoring. We were in… Continue reading Owl Pellets.