Huddled here in the studio as the rain beats down outside, It is easy to feel melancholy. Still, when the rain subsides (if only for a short while) I marvel at the amazing colours of Autumn - clinging to the trees and washing along the roads towards clogged drains. Autumn is by far my favourite season - and luckily this year I was able to briefly see it draping the beautiful hillsides of Swaledale, in Yorkshire, where my sister and I took my Mum for a long weekend. We spent our childhood holidays clambering about on those hillsides and splashing in the cold streams and it was an opportunity for me to fill up my creative palette with the greens and golds which seem so different form the colours of the West Coast of BC. I appreciate the beauty of rural England so much more now I have been living on the other side of the world for 30 years!