Saturday 9 January 2010


Last night it was minus eight in York. Outside the snow lay deep and crisp and huge flakes tumbled from the sky.... AAAANNNNDDD.... our boiler stopped working!! HOORAY!

We tried everything we could to get it going but, alas, nothing worked. There was nothing for it other than to bundle up in our warm clothes, strap the chihuahua to us to stop him shivering. This morning however, we realised that the problem was that the condensation pipe outside had frozen, so we quickly defrosted it, fired up the boiler and now it works! 

The sense of accomplishment is, sadly, immense!

The above is a page from my sketchbook and my goodness that bear suit would have come in useful last night. The only problem is that if I had one, I don't think I would ever take it off...

Get your own bear suit here:


  1. Hello Mr. Smith:

    I am currently taking a Children's Literature course at college. Today I was perusing my local library for picture books to use for a project.

    I picked up "Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero". This, in turn, led me to your blog and arena works portfolio. I think your work is delightful!

    Thank you for brightening my day, and stay warm.

  2. Hello!

    What a lovely comment to find - especially after a day tidying (and being 'helped' by a very eager chihuahua!)
    I'm so glad you like my work and thank you for taking the time out to tell me!

    I hope everything is warm wherever you are!