Inspiration

Things and places that inspire me


Animals that inspired key characters in Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed.

Photos courtesy of Shuttleworth, Beds & Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM).


Making haystacks

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?

One of my pets, who features in Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed.

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?

Hugo's year 6 teacher reminds him of a jellyfish.

Making haystacks

Making haystacks

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)

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