31 Aug, 2011


Otters and Owls

On Sunday my OH and I decided it would fun to visit the Chestnut Centre in Chapel, Derbyshire. Somebody I know had recommended it to me and when I found out it was an otter and owl conservation sanctuary I had to go! Since they started their Otter breeding and rehabilitation programme over 30 years ago, they have greatly increased the number of animal species at the Centre. Here are a few photos taken as we walked around:

As soon as we entered the park this beautiful dear, named Apricot, was there to greet us! 

There were lots of different types of otter to see, including…North American river otters

Eurasian otters…

Asian short-clawed otters…

and giant otters from South America (pictures are not in this order – some of the enclosures were too dark to take photos)

this pair were very cute and came very close to the pen’s border for us to get some good shots.

The owls there included South American great horned owls, Spectacled owls, little owls, snowy owls and the Great grey owl. (unfortunately their pens were too dark and the wire too close together to get any good shots :( but it was lovely to see them all!) It was a lovely day, finished with a picnic in the sunshine. 

 I love visiting places like this, is great for me to get reference material for artwork but I also just love getting close to wildlife. Did you get up to anything fun this past weekend?

PS I’m still taking on pet portrait commissions, if you’re interested get in touch via my contact page and I’ll send across all the info and prices :)


23 Jun, 2011


Two weeks in…

Two weeks in and I’m smitten! Can you tell?

It has been a crazy, busy couple of weeks getting ready for this on 2nd and 3rd July –  Whilst I’ve been printing, ironing on labels, designing, emailing, packaging and sourcing materials William has been keeping me company :)

I have a few new products and print to share with you soon but for now back to work!

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