I love to frame things and I’m crazy about cropping. Here are some of my recently harvested crops.

Another day another flower basket. Same town, all the leaves aren’t brown, yet. I bet they will be soon. And hopefully back in bloom by next summer. I heard the sweetest thing the other day. A little boy walking hand in hand with his mother look up and say, “Mum, mum, I can smell witches you know.” I bet he could. Magic is a foot. And it’s a hand that makes a flower basket. "Heads up, you win, again and again," said the flower pot men. “Not a ghost of chance,” said the advance booking. “Looking for anything in particular?” said a perpendicular stick insect from high above hilltop where the swan dives and the young man from the high street arrives for his first day at school. “So, what would you like to be when you grow up little boy lost?” “Well, funny you should ask as I’m a flask of excellent everlasting springtime. So maybe I’m going to be the opening night of some sort of chorus line.” “Move along children of the corn.... no shouting!!!!!” said the school teacher more detached than a firework. "Oh well, they’ll be others," thought the little boy not lost or found but wired for sound and vision. In his prism, watching day by day 🌽 #newalbum #flowerbaskets #childrenofthesweetcorn #grainfree #freeform-frolicking ...

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My father would be proud of me at the gym this afternoon. He was a boxer. Not as proud as he would be if I’d downed five pints of bitter with him at the pub, but still. Here’s to you Ken Heyward in jazz heaven with all your jazz friends. I bet they’re all totally hammered! Right, I’m off to bathe and read 🙏🏽 #newalbum #training #grainfree ...

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Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting (the punch bag) 👊🏽☺️🤳🏻 ...

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A fun week chipping away at the new album. It’s definitely different to the last one. Less nature and more nurture. Less coffee and more tea vicar ☕️🍰 #newalbum #grainfree #lowcarb #songwriter ...

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I remember being in my bedroom back in 1975 and listening to On The Level by Status Quo (again). If you’d told me then that one day Francis Rossi would let me use his guitar rig to tune up backstage I would have obviously not believed you. Well, it happened today. His guitar tech Tonto is a nice chap, too. Used to work with Blair Cunningham. Small world with big dreams. Loved today. Stopped eating grains, so I didn’t sleep a wink last night. Way too much energy. I could have swum up stream and leapt right into the audience. As it happened I stepped up onto Dan Western’s drum riser more than once. Rock and roll! Right, where’s the kettle, it’s tea time ☕️ #fantasticdays #statusquo #francisrossi #letsrockessex Thanks to Gary Smith for the photo! ...

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Erm, dare I say it... Beautiful morning ☺️ #recording #newalbum #september #nofilter ...

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The details. The finer things. What they do to a town. What it does to music. What meditation does to quality of life. Things become hopscotch numbers. You know where to step and where not to. You float places. You glide. Things work. You find yourself in a place you never thought you’d be. Standing on a street you hadn’t parked yet. Unremarkable and beautiful. There’s no difference. It has a feather falling from a nest that catches the afternoon sun. You smile and head back to your flower basket. Talking weekends getting ready. Whoever liked the on/off button In the first place. Only love’s timeless nightwear. Water the plants and keep the rhythm for later. Twenty minutes earlier. Well, that was great. Once again. Did I think at all? Consciousness. Observation. The finer things. That wonderful detail. Things still go missing but you know where they are. The car keys are on the table next to the headphones 🎧 #newalbum #midsummersky #music ...

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Back in 1978 when I was coming up with Fantastic Day in my bedroom, I could only dream about Clem Burke playing drums on it. It actually happened last night and I’m still taking it all in. It sounded amazing! 🤩 #thetearaways #clemburke #the100club #glenmattlock #stevievanzandt ...

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I love my local book shop. I love every local book shop wherever I am. Bookworms baby. Yeah! ✊🏽 #localbookstore #bookworms #story #song #newalbum ...

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Summer is young again. Just for two days. Until there’s nowhere left to play for the forever gardening biscuit makers. Crumbs, what a load of happiness to deal with all at once. Surely it’s best to spread it out across the heath. I bequeath a hippo 🦛💨 #thepollinator #lovelyweekend #meditation #newalbum ...

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A Telecaster and a Marshall stack. Fills up my little lounge nicely. Precisely what is needed. Anything more would only blow the bloody doors off! #getcarter #songwriter #lowvoltagelife #highvoltagetunes #sofasogood #creativedays #rainydays #songsinthekeyoflife #isolovebeingcreative #newalbum #mynameismichaelcaine #themsmeprivatethoughtssalfie #giveitachew #newmusic ...

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Clear day on the river. Lyrics sparkling. Coots sipping and dipping. Peace is returning after the bangs and sprangs of another human summer. A dragonfly nearly flew into a web today, but it didn’t. Good news, there’s plenty more where that came from. The river is back from the brink. A link to the sea. All the way to Tonga 🇹🇴 #leboat #followtheacorn ...

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Flashback to a fantastic cold winter’s day in London with pop boffin @garycrowleyonair sporting a snazzy corduroy jacket. Nice one! #childreninneed2012 #childreninneed #bbcchildreninneed #bbcradiolondon #friendship #pudseybear ...

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Churches totally flapjack my elements. I immediately go all gooey and connected. A nice cafe and a bit of paper-mâché, too. You never know what is really going to get you kinked and linked up like a bicycle chain, framed up on the wall to call your mum and ask her for a lift to school. That’s how cool mothers are. Especially mine with her feather white Triumph Spitfire. She loved a church too. My father loved a pub. Both wellsprings of a sort. I thought they were both cool. Gooey and connected is not how I feel in a pub though. I go all uptight and out of sight. Fight or flight and sleeping satellite, I do a Tazmin Archer (departure) and head straight for the fire exit. If I never went into a pub again I’d be a bird bath, which surely should be Cockney rhyming slang for you’re ‘aving a laugh, aren’t you? Anyway, please excuse me me me. Instagram made me me me do it. As usual. Actually it’s not unusual, is it? Oh, and there was a cat sat right by the entrance to the church. Very cool church. My first time. Been to the area more times than one can shake a leg at. “Well, it’s a’one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go cat go!” 🕺🏽 #Kensingtonmemories #whatsnewpussycat #milkfilm #yourehavingabirdbath #bluesuedeshoes #roadrunner #roadrunner #youreallygotmenow ...

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One of those days yesterday. Lovely lunch. Lovely people. Lovely church. Lovely cat. Lovely drive back to our lovely hutch. Thanking our lucky stars this morning. One potato two potato 🥔🥔 #lovelydays #spuds #stars #cats #churches #happybunnies #internationalcatday #charityshops ...

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Relearning a song I wrote in the wilds of Taynton about three years ago. Finding the correct chords again is like cracking a safe. Not that I’ve ever broken into a safe. But I can imagine the relief of finally getting all the right digits together in all the right places. It’s important as it’s way too early to be doing ‘that’ll do’ cover versions of my own songs before they’re finished, ha! Another song I hear real strings on. Real everything. Real reels of tape would be unreal, too. Dynamics are the key by the sea on this album. lift and separate 👐🏽 #songwriting #newalbum #singersongwriter #musician #musicproduction #rolandfp30 #beyerdynamicdt770pro ...

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The west coast of Ireland is like Mozart. Delightful! People wave from their gardens and everyone thanks everyone for everything. Clean as a penny whistle, too 🍀 ...

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Feeling totally relaxed and floaty after craniosacral therapy with Bridie Mangan in Westport. Woah... #craniosacraltherapy #saladdays #tinnitus #innervoice #listening #wonderfulwestport ...

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Peaceful vibes to every Tom, Dick and Harriet 🤖🦹🏽‍♂️🙎🏻‍♀️ ...

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‘Twas effortless in the wake of all that prevailed. I once set sail upon an electric voyage which must now take place in nature alone. Well, apart from this phone. #listening ...

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Right, off to the home of my jumper 🥾🧦🍀🌳 #donegal ...

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Out the (car) window, look what’s happening. Scotland. Wonderful. Off to Ireland next. Fantastic! Thankful and appreciative 🍀 ...

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Checklist for Liverpool. Yeah yeah yeah yeah 🎶 #goodmorning #goodmorning #liverpool #letsrockliverpool #croxtethpark #premierinn #nickheyward #haircut100 #rain #fantasticday #fantasticnight #fantasticbeds #fantasticsleep ...

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As the weekend comes to a close I wish you all great prose and who knows, tomorrow always does 👐🏽 ...

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Thanks to anyone joining me on my first Instagram live. I’ll get the hang of this. I think I wiped it, ha! That was nice, though. Have a wonderful week guys 🦒 ...

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Some great writing and recording days this week. A song I’ve been playing on the piano for years but haven’t recorded in any shape or form yet, got shape and form yesterday. And it’s surprisingly nothing like I thought it would be. I love that. That songs you thought you knew so well can turn out to be something else, something better. A tale of the unexpected 🔥 #EARcomesthesun #EARinthislight #iamEAR #youareEAR #weareEAR #bigEAR #newalbum #listeningback #songwriter #songwriting #mamamiaEARwegoagain ...

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I’m growing stubble just standing here! Thinking of some outside adversity to get my loincloth in gear. Get the beer and smoke the herring. No use walking the streets if I don’t feel the bark on the tree in the wild and free forest of fortitude. You know, there’s a guy I see who walks around my town who looks very much like an adventurer. Great beard and matching rucksack. Thing is, we’re both just walking around the same town every day. I don’t know where he goes at night but I hope he’s alright. Looks like a nice chap. I saw him tucking into fresh strawberries the other day so that’s good. I’d like to get to know him and ask what his story is. But I guess it’s similar to mine right know. I need to feel the forest and wash in the brook. I need to take a look up at the sky at night and connect with every thing that has ever been and ever will be. To know it is not enough. I need to get rough and tumble down mountains and ramble across meadows. The suburban world is ok for a while but it’s not for real. Real is love plus one two three four five, once I caught a fish alive and sat and ate it with rabbits, bears and porcupines. Mine’s not a Babycham. Mine’s to simply be a man. #newalbum #adventure #nature #callofthewild ...

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