In the winter before my first visit to Turkey, I went to a David Hockney exhibition in Manchester and fell in love with the artist's work, especially the "The Bigger Splash". I'd just spent the summer in Greece and Italy and knew that if I couldn't get to the blue sky and pools of Los Angeles, the Turquoise of the Aegean would do very nicely. Fifteen years later, when I finally managed to sit by my own blue pool, the image of the Big Splash was never very far away.
This year we left England just before the Hockney show at the Royal Academy started so, regretfully, I have only been able to look longingly at the coverage on the computer. I was especially taken by the above Yorkshire landscape and I think it has replaced the Splash as my favourite. So I might be employing a surfeit of imagination here, but when I went to survey the land just beyond our garden wall, I found that we have the inspiration for another Hockney woodland scene right on our door step.
With a little help from an ipad.