Mini Shanghai

I remember my first model village. It was at Hornsea Pottery on a family day out and I was spellbound. There was a flight simulator too, but somehow that paled in comparison with all the houses, churches and local landmarks lovingly rendered in miniature form. Then there was an old issue of Vogue in the … Continue reading

Sleeping with the fishes

I LOST MY BELOVED BLACK PILOT HI-TEC-C PEN. Maybe in Shenzhen. Gah. I have one left but it’s green so not ideal. Here I had to use an inferior replacement which doesn’t mix with the watercolours (M&G gel pen 0.5mm from my local photocopying/stationery shop). I am planning a trip to Seoul so hoping my … Continue reading


Because I am often busy, and sometimes lazy, and sometimes have the attention span of a gnat, I thought it would be a good idea to set up a Tumblr page for small things which I might not put here on the main blog. Check it out here. I will continue to post here too, … Continue reading


Have been doing quite a bit of drawing/painting lately. It’s all very whimsical. I wish I had a scanner so I could upload a better quality image.

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Days 8-12

We took the bus to Shangri-La from Dali, feeling more than a little worse-for-wear after minimal sleep the night before. Darcy was horribly hungover and felt sick. When I woke her in the morning she mumbled “Let’s stay here with our friends.” If we hadn’t already booked our bus tickets I think we would have … Continue reading

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Days 5-7

We took the bus from Kunming to Dali as it was faster than the train. The journey was pretty and uneventful, which suited me fine after the epic train journey to Kunming. We arrived in the early evening and checked into the Hump Hostel, which was nicer than the one in Kunming but we still … Continue reading