British Museum for 'Drawing Tuesday' I've been practising sketching old glass using different materials - this fragment with patches of iridescense came from Syria .
A stripy stone
A piece of wood with a beady 'eye'
Meanwhile overnight a large inkcap popped up in the gravel - I did consider sketching it but it was already oozing with black 'ink' and our buyers architect was visiting so it was tidied up into the compost.
Meet 'Ms Incy'. This splendid garden spider has been building her web against the outside glass of the conservatory so we've had an excellent view of the process. Late one night we were also witness to the courtship advances of 'Mr Wincy' as he very cautiously vibrated the web and inched forward with one leg tentatively reaching out to touch her leg. They both recoiled several times - he seemed to be making some progress but then she lowered herself on a long line out of the way - 'not in the mood'. At least he wasn't eaten.