Challenging times brings new opportunities

I Love Teesdale mugs

In the midst of these challenging times during Covid19 as a self-empolyed person it would be easy to do one of two things. Either I could sit here in my studio and get depressed about a situation I can do very little about or I could spend my time rearranging…

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Best of March 2020

Cotherstone at Spring

Who would have believed only four weeks ago that the world would now be in a such a state? Covid19 has gripped many of the countries of the world and as I write this, here in the UK be are in almost full Lockdown. This is a momentous time in…

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Best of February 2020

Romaldkirk church

There’s another month off the calendar. And what a month is has been. Usually at this time of year here in the north pennines we can expect periods of cold, frosty weather with a bit of snow thrown in for good measure. Like most of the rest of the country…

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Buying direct

Andy Beck photographs

As some of you may know, photography is really the ‘second string to my bow” as far as income goes. Artwork is my main priority. However, with thanks to various platforms of social media such as Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook many of my followers see me as a photographer…

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Another day, different weather

West Plantation snow

Just one day after my last blog post. The one thing about living up here in the north pennines is that weatherwise hardly two days are the same. After my blog post of that bright winters dawn yesterday (The Early Bird) today was a different matter. We were greeted by…

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The early bird….

Holwick as the sun rises

There are many days where I could sit and type a decent short blog. The words may not be as important as the accompanying illustrations, whether artwork or photographs. But time just slips away. However, this morning was one of those days where I felt the need to put together…

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Best of January 2020

Sunrise at Kirkcarrion

Already we are well into 2020. Is it just because I am getting old or does the time now seem to fly by? Fortunately at the turn of the year I decided to make the most of my days and set myself the challenge of getting out every day (after…

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An evening at the Beeb

Look North Children in Need 2

It’s not often that we get a chance to go out for the evening, let alone to head up to the metropolis of Newcastle. But last Friday we were pleased to receive an invite up to the BBC Newcastle studios for the annual launch of their calendar. This calendar raises…

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It’s that time of year

Greeting Cards

Where has the year gone? It only seems a short time ago that we were hanging up the 2019 calendars and turning the page to the month of January. Now we are half way through November and December beckons. I have spent some of the time in recent weeks adding…

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Off shopping

Raby Castle at sunrise

 Nothing special about going to the shops, what with the hype that is Black Friday and the run up to Christmas but actually on this day I was off to the supermarket for the mundane routine of pushing a trolley for the weekly food supply. As usual I set off…

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