Waterloo Lake

Waterloo Lake II, View from the North End - watercolour by Jo Dunn 2019

Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park, Leeds. These are views from the North end,
as I saw it one cold Sunday afternoon in January.

Waterloo Lake I, View from the North End - watercolour by Jo Dunn 2019

 

My Street

Pasture-Parade-Leeds-LS7-JoDunnView from the living room window.

This is back-to-back housing in Leeds,
where you occupy either the front or the back of the house
(both look pretty much the same)
and have neighbours on 3 sides.

 

 

Fire

Fire Memory 1, pencil drawing by Jo Dunn_2017

The fires in my garden were festive, exciting –
Stars and sparks mingling
Woodsmoke a spicy scent, in your hair lingering.

The fires in my fireplace were friendly, inviting –
Warming and mellowing music and wine
The glow in the hearth made your eyes gleam and shine.

But this was a fire that was bitter and frightening
It came uninvited
Rapacious as lightning
Tore through the house, left my life dark and hollow
Its flames soon extinguished
Then long-lasting sorrow.
Weeks of toil, months of mourning, confusion and grieving
And realisation of what is not here –
Then sweep up the ashes and dump what we’re leaving –
We’ll build a new bonfire
The first of the year.

Fire - animated gif by Jo Dunn 2018

Poem by TW

Sailing Under the Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge crosses the estuary between Hessle in East Yorkshire and Barton upon Humber in North Lincolnshire.

At the time it was built in 1981, it was the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge (1.4 miles). That record was beaten in the late 1990s but the Humber Bridge remains the longest in the world that can be crossed on foot or by cycle.

The bridge is a beautiful achievement, and I am not the only one to be inspired by it.

Thanks to Skipper Bruce, for giving me the opportunity to see it from this viewpoint!

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral pencil drawing by Jo Dunn 2017‘One of the great buildings of the world’
– Sir John Betjeman

A dark and rainy winter afternoon last year. Liverpool Cathedral is a complicated and difficult building to draw. I was in my hometown to show paintings in ‘Who is My Neighbour?’, an exhibition about migration and refugee issues.

 

 

 

Isle of Tiree II

Tiree VI - watercolour painting by Jo Dunn

Tiree III, drawing by Jo DunnThe Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides.
It is relatively small – about twelve miles long and three miles wide
– and very flat.

 

View from Pasture Lane, LS7

View from Pasture Lane, Chapel Allerton, LeedsMy new view walking home, looking across Chapel Allerton Park. I moved across the border to Leeds 7 a few weeks ago. The house is on a very steep hill but so far I’ve only fallen over once. There are lots of dogs and cats here.