Now winter is receding I will resume my garden project on the site of our ex coach house.  I like to walk my dog along the ‘secret’ (i.e. private gated ) road around Birkendale, because they go nowhere, there’s minimal traffic.  The pavements are carpeted  green from moss and other growth in the shade, strange combinations of rich ‘eco’ (gardens with canoes, and wood stores for stoves) , a modernist cube at the back of the old St Joseph’s School, and neglect and dereliction of grand Victorian properties, odd  outbuildings. The strange atmosphere and stone wall reminds me of Peter Doig’s paintings.

Katya Robin, 2012