Sky and penguin and reindeer

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This would be moody were it not for the dim outlines of blow up Christmas animals at the bottom of the image. I get the reindeer, but I’m not sure why they had a 🐧 penguin.

Santa was in the warmth of the Apedale mining museum. He seemed to have had a job lot of toy speedboats to hand out. The boys we saw had all got them as presents, I’m not sure whether little girls got the same, as we didn’t see any with presents. I suppose it makes it easier than having to tailor the toys to the child.

The sky was quite moody but it didn’t rain until we were on the way home.

I think everyone had a great time.

Full English breakfast

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We don’t have these very often, but as we had gone out to see the train at Apedale we decided to have a full English breakfast. Apologies to vegetarians, there are alternatives available.

Full English in this case consisted of bacon, eggs, tomato, beans, black pudding, sausages and hash browns with two slices of toast. Sometimes they put in mushrooms instead of black pudding.

It was very tasty… . Washed down with a mug of decaff coffee.

Apedale Christmas special

Santa special at Apedale Light Railway (Moseley Trust) today. The loco was an 060 well tank. We didn’t get a ride as it was fully booked.

We saw three squirrels and a water vole in the stream and ditch outside the visitors centre. There were a lot of people there and children were being given presents by Santa. It was good to be nice and warm in the cafe and hubby bought several train books…

Some of the decorations, note the USA bogey waggon. Apedale has been doing war reenactments and I think that’s why they have them.

Merry Christmas x.

2018 drawings.

Last year we went to Apedale light railway and enjoyed a day looking at exhibits of the anniversary of the 1914/1918 War. These are black and white sketches I did. Such an interesting day I thought I would post some of them. Each one has people included. I don’t just draw landscapes if I can help it, I like to include little portraits. When I do urban sketching I will try and include people to give a sense of scale.