Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Don Giovanni” and the magical garden

It has become something of an annual tradition for us to go to one of the outdoor operas at West Green House Gardens near Hartley Wintney in Hampshire and, last night, it was “Don Giovanni”. The gardens are a regular haunt … Continue reading

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“The Novel in the Viola” – and memories of Tyneham

I’ve just finished reading “The Novel in the Viola” by Natasha Solomons and thought I would write a brief review of it, largely because it was inspired by a place that left a huge impression on me exactly 27 years ago, … Continue reading

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Lost in…Bramshill – an interesting dog walk and a metaphor for life

Not quite the same as getting lost in France, the rainforest or even space…but the other day, on my dog walk, I got lost in Bramshill! Now Bramshill, for those of you who don’t know, is an immense plantation or … Continue reading

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An incredible lightness of being – and a memorable sunset

Just witnessed the most fantastic sunset!  And I very nearly didn’t, I was in half a mind not to walk the dog again today, having pretty-much settled down for the evening and enjoyed a glass of wine over dinner (unusual … Continue reading

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Sunlight across heather

The heather is just starting to come out across the heathland where I walk and, in just a few weeks, will be a thick carpet of purple.  This new painting Sunlight across heather is from photos I took with my … Continue reading

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Over the emotion limit? So move the bar higher (and here’s how).

With the words “over the limit” and “bar” put together like this, it does sound like I’m about to discuss alcohol consumption but I’m not!  Actually, what I’m talking about is feeling “overwhelmed”. This is a word I’m coming across … Continue reading

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A painter’s garden – and what a difference a year makes!

I really can’t believe that, exactly a year ago, our modest-sized garden was still a soil patch – or not even that, as you couldn’t see too much of the soil beneath the thick, tangled carpet of weeds!  In the … Continue reading

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Capturing the light

Capturing the light has become a bit of an obsession of mine; and by this, I mean those moments when whatever the light is doing to what I am looking at really engages me, or possibly even leads me into … Continue reading

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Festival fantastic: Henley Festival 2011

Its Henley Festival time again and, this year, we opted for Friday night as it was a toss-up between Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (that night) or Rumer on the Sunday but just as well we didn’t … Continue reading

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