Inspiration for picture story, Who Did This?
At Chiltern Open Air Museum where I help with lambing.
Shepherd Steve Stone's dog, Ted
Inspiration for Fin and the Red Deer
British wild boars & deer inspired me for characters in story Fin and the Red Deer.
Inspiration for Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed
Animals that inspired key characters in Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed.
Photos courtesy of Shuttleworth, Beds & Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM).
I love dressing up for Halloween. What did Hugo & Nan wear to their event?
Who stumbles across wrinkled giants like this?
After threshing wheat with the brilliant Chiltern Open Air Museum Team (me in blue boiler suit & flat cap) & Helen Skelton for Countryfile's harvest episode. Views from the top of the 1947 machine are lovely.
Who is this at Hugo's school?
Fairground bumper cars
My character GW misbehaves on one of these.
And what's a stick insect got to do with bumper cars?
Picture courtesy Carters Steam Fair
Which character in Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed has bat features?
And which character does Hugo adore who liked bats when they were younger?
Who is Hippopotamus in Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed?
I was on top helping to build the stack with a pitchfork. Even with the heat & dislike of heights, such traditional rural practices inspire & relax me. (photo: courtesy of COAM)