‘Go through the stile and turn left along the top edge of the field. When you reach
the hedge, turn right with the path down the slope, following the hedge on your left.
A timber bridge in the bottom corner takes you through into the next field.’
FOR ME, my comic strip-style map gives the gist of the route at a glance while my
written directions - a sequence of left and right, top and bottom - have the potential
for confusion; if you slip up on just one of those directions, the rest of the sequence
will be nonsense. I always like to have the bigger picture.
I’m enjoying work on a new booklet of local walks. Dropping colour into my pen outlines
using the paint-bucket tool in Photoshop 7 is addictive fun. The simple pen and ink
drawing soon comes to life.
I think of this as a rare opportunity to do imaginative work as I’m normally something
of a (willing) slave to nature but I realised when I pasted in this photograph of
hawthorn next to my map that even in my ‘imaginative’ mode I’ve stuck pretty closely
to the colours I saw in the landscape.
Wych elm in a hedgerow. It’s not such a common sight since Dutch elm disease struck
in the 1970s but hedgerow elms survive by suckering; sending out fresh shoots at
Hawthorn in the hedge by the field on the extreme left of my map.