I did a few drawings in the little book while in Scotland. Here are a couple of spreads: some buildings in the seaside town of anstruther after an excellent fish supper, a piper capitalising on “summer” tourists ahead of the open and an Austin that was at a car club meet that I stumbled upon.   


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Now and then

I’m not the first in my family to carry around a little book and make pictures; My dad has had sketchbooks for as long as I can remember.

I never knew his dad very well, but after grandpa died I found out he made a few drawings too. Looking through one of his sketchbooks months ago in New Zealand, I saw this drawing of St Salvator’s chapel in St Andews, Scotland – Dated June 1945

If my understanding of family history is correct, at that time he would have been back in the UK for only a few months, studying botany at the university after training as an RAF pilot in Texas.

A couple of years after this drawing, he left for Northern Rhodesia, where he and my grandmother spent 20 years before immigrating again, this time to New Zealand. To my knowledge, he only returned to the UK once after leaving, and probably didn’t see his old university town again. 

I managed to find his likely viewpoint – a set of steps outside a hotel – and made a drawing of the same view he did, 70 years earlier. The trees have grown and there were a few cars in the way, but the buildings are just the same.  


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The late arrival and 30 mile detour of an early morning taxi resulted in a sprint through the airport to make our flight to Basel. We spent two weeks in Switzerland, mainly in Zurich with Phil, a great friend of mine from school and university.  He was pretty busy with work and moving apartments but still showed us around Zurich, took us to the orchestra and a tango garden party! Oh and we managed to get to Lugano for a Jose Gonzalez concert and Bern for a bit of a look too.   


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England and Wales

We spent about a month staying with friends and couchsurfing in England and Wales. It has been nice slowing down after our swift pace in Asia. 


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We flew from Frankfurt to Barcelona, checked out Gaudi’s architecture, drank sangria and ate tapas for a few days before heading south for a week of relaxing at an apartment by the beach in Malaga and Estepona. Good to have a holiday from our holiday. 


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Frankfurt and Mainz

We arrived in Frankfurt in a daze after an overnight flight. The efficiency and cleanliness of Germany was pretty amazing after India – as were the prices and temperature. 

We had some great couchsurfing hosts, ate white asparagus, explored Frankfurt old town and drank white wine on the banks of the Rhine in Mainz.


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After 17 days road tripping around India seeing forts and palaces, eating great curry and feeling hot we’re now enjoying much cooler weather and different delicious food in Frankfurt. 

I drew almost every day while we were in India. Here are a few sketchbook pages.  


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