Nordic Travels

Gothenburg

Last week I got back from a trip to Scandinavia. We travelled between Sweden, Denmark and the Faroe Islands over 11 days. It was fun but totally exhausting – thankfully this was the pared down version of the trip we’d originally planned, otherwise I might not have made it home in one piece!

Gothenburg

Travelling around so much when you have M.E is hard work (I’ve still not recovered from it) so I’d anticipated not being able to see and do as much as I would have liked, but I did get a little bit of a taste of each place we visited and would like to go back to some of them some time.

Gothenburg

We flew to Gothenburg on the Sunday evening and spent 3 days pottering around the city before we caught a train down to Copenhagen airport. I enjoyed seeing some of Sweden by train and after the 3 hour journey we caught a flight to the Faroe Islands.

Faroe

This was probably our longest day of travel and it was a bit of an adventure. The landing at Vagar airport was one of the rockiest I’ve ever experienced but we landed safely and then caught the bus to Torshavn. By this time it wasn’t too late but it was pitch dark and we were the only 2 passengers on the airport bus travelling 49 km to the capital city.

Faroe

We spent 5 days in Torshavn, which is one of the world’s smallest capital cities, so it feels more like a small town than a city.

Faroe

The weather here was typically Faroese, which meant lots of rain but some glimpses of sunshine. We plodded around the town quite a bit and saw some of the traditional turf-roofed buildings in an area called Tinganes, which is where most of the parliament buildings and the Prime Minister’s house are.

Faroe

The bus journey back to the airport was in the morning so we were able to see where we were going, and we weren’t the only people on the bus either! The airport is on a different island from the capital so getting there involves travelling through an under sea tunnel and the airport is so small that once we arrived there were no planes to be seen at all. There was only ever one plane there at a time – it would land, drop people off, collect some more passengers and leave again before the next one arrived.

Copenhagen

From Faroe we flew to Copenhagen and I loved what I saw of this city, which unfortunately wasn’t very much because by this point I was completely exhausted. We were there for 2 full days, one of which we spent indoors resting and avoiding the heavy rain.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is definitely somewhere I want to go back to. It’s a very pretty, laid back  and friendly city and the place we stayed was very quiet but central so it was easy and quick to get to and from the airport too.

Copenhagen

I’m really glad to be home again and settling back into a normal routine. While I was on holiday my Etsy shop stayed open but shipping times were increased. They’re back to normal now and this week I’ll be sending out the orders that were placed while I was away. I did lots of drawing on holiday too so I’ll also share some of those with you soon.

By | October 11th, 2017|Life, Travel|0 Comments

Illustrated Map

CathrynWorrell_PostmansParkMap

This week, as March comes to an end we’re coming to the end of a month of botanical drawings in the 365 Days to a Portfolio challenge. There’s one more drawing to go but today’s prompt was ‘garden map’.

This was the first illustrated map that I’ve made and I chose to create a map of Postman’s Park, which is a small park/garden in the City of London. It was a challenge because it involved creating lots of individual drawings and hand lettering, and then assembling them in Photoshop. But it was fun and something that I might do again.

I’ve also created a second version of this map, which I’ve submitted to They Draw and Travel. You can also see that version on my portfolio page.

 

By | March 29th, 2017|Design, Drawing, Travel|0 Comments

House Sketch and a Question

Duibh Oilean House Ireland

I’m not sure exactly how or why but I’m a bit behind with the assignments for SketchingNow Buildings with Liz. Thankfully we have long-term access to all the course materials so I’m hoping to get caught up over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime I thought I’d share this sketch which was another one that I did in Ireland and is the most recent outdoor assignment that I’ve done for this course.

I’m also sketching every day for Inktober at the moment so I’ll share those drawings probably at the end of the month once they’re all finished. You can also see my Inktober drawings on Instagram every day. At the same time I’ve been making some repeat patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator using some of the patterns I made for the 100 Day Project so that’s been keeping me quite busy.

I’m hoping to use some of my repeat patterns to create new products for my shop so I have a question for you: is there a particular drawing or pattern of mine that you’d like to see for sale in my shop? Let me know in the comments below, or send me an email.

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By | October 14th, 2016|Drawing, Learning, Travel|1 Comment