Well, actually it's the president's address I was listening
to yesterday evening when John Gardner, our wildlife
photographer president at Wakefield Naturalists' Society,
summarised the wilder side of the last year. Guess some day I ought
to draw John and the other characters at the Nats but, as none of
the reports last very long, they keep bobbing up and down so I drew
these chairs at last night's meeting instead.
Talking of characters, Richard Brook, our long-serving
Conservation Officer, handed in his resignation
from the post tonight; he's been doing the job since 1973 and has
been on the committee since 1963. Even I don't go back that far.
As I've probably mentioned before, Richard gave me my first book
cover commission; for the 1972 Wakefield Bird Report. That was a
bit of history in itself as it was the first bird report for the
area since the Victorian heydays of field natural history. As far
as I know, the only previous account of the Birds of Wakefield
was by William Talbot, also a Nats member, in 1876.
And, no, Richard doesn't remember him; he's been doing the job
since 1973, remember, not 1873.
A large parcel arrives containing 20 sheets of scrunched up brown
paper and, amongst it all, three bamboo pens in
varying sizes, one Sakuyo Japanese paintbrush and
this 150 ml. bottle of Chung Hwa Chinese Ink, which
I've drawn with the 17 cm long, 1 cm diameter bamboo pen.
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org