The Graduate


My daughter graduated yesterday from Staffordshire University with a First Class BA(Hons) in Photojournalism. I couldn’t be prouder. The ceremony took place at Trentham Gardens on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, her university town. It was a Fairy at Trenthambeautiful setting, with a lake, Italianate Gardens designed by multi-gold medal winner at Chelsea Flower Show, Tom Stuart-Smith, and grass and flower gardens designed by Piet Oudolf, also a gold medal winner. Various sculptures and statues also sit in the landscape, notably a series of stainless steel fairies by renowned sculptor Robin Wight. All the above plus a beautiful, bright, sunny day combined to give plenty of opportunities for some memorable pictures. Congratulations to Nee, and all the other 2015 Graduates.


My niece was married this weekend and her flowers were stupendously stunning. All found in a typical English cottage garden, the blooms were deliciously scented and breathtakingly beautiful. Here are a few of my favourite shots. For horticulturalists, a list of flowers and foliage used appears below (as many as I can name). … click pic to view large …

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  • peony (“Bowl of Beauty” and others)
  • rose
  • clematis
  • phlox
  • hydrangea
  • evening scented stocks
  • astrantia
  • astilbe
  • sweet pea
  • lily of the valley
  • ivy
  • beech
  • eucalyptus
  • cow parsley
  • delphinium
  • alchemilla mollis
  • sweet william
  • cherry
  • fern
  • antirrhinum (snap dragon)
  • choisya
  • lilac
  • solomon’s seal
  • digitalis (foxglove)
  • nigella
  • milkweed
  • weigela
  • scabious
  • spiraea
  • lupin

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My daughter has just returned from a short stay in New York – what an opportunity. Here are some of her pictures.


Last week a group of over 70 Photojournalism, Photography and Graphic Design students from Staffordshire University visited New York, and I was lucky enough to be a part of that group! The trip was an amazing experience, and I was able to visit not only some must-see tourist attractions, but see some amazing works of art in the flesh at the Museum of Modern Art! As well as some incredible photography, I also walked round exhibitions from the likes of Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. MoMA is definitely not one to miss if you’re ever in New York. I also visited The Rockefeller Centre and experienced breathtaking views of Manhattan during sunset from the Top of The Rock, went shopping on 5th Ave., took the free ferry to Staten Island after dark to see the Manhattan skyline and Lady Liberty lit up, and visited the 9/11 memorial centre. With too many…

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Peaceful Broomhill

I’m lucky to live just three miles from Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Garden near Barnstaple in North Devon; hundreds of acres of beautiful wooded valley are home to a delightful collection of around 300 sculptures by the likes of Ronald A. Westerhuis, Carol Peace, Laury Dizengremel and many others. Today I’ve been there with my sister, Jo, for lunch and a tour of the gardens including the ten finalists in the National Sculpture Prize 2014.

Broomhill 2014 NSP 175
Red Shoe (detail) by Greta Berlin

Some of the many beautiful sculptures by Carol Peace:-

Finalists in the 2014 National Sculpture Prize:-

Broomhill 2014 NSP 197
While you slept I was alone in my own eternity
Broomhill 2014 NSP 189
The Gateway is a distorting mirror as well as a window