Arachnophobe or phile?

There was a fascinating article on the radio the other morning about how spiders can “fly”. Apparently scientists, after much study have  discovered how they manage to land on ships in the middle of the ocean, which Darwin noted when on board ship, but he didn’t pursue investigating it. Spiders have been filmed waving one leg…

Miscellaneous musings

Miscellaneous: when I find it hard to get to my studio because of juggling various jobs, (and when I do get there I struggle)  I give myself a break and paint the house instead. After painting outside doors and shutters, I turned my attention on the entrance which was looking rather tired, not surprising considering I…

Seasonal changes

It’s been a busy summer for me with exhibitions, the B&B and the gite etc, things are calming down a bit now.  I installed my last exhibition of the year,  a 4 day group expo in Brantôme, a beautiful town about an hour north from us, often called the Venice of the Perigord,  which is…

A plumber’s smile

Graham’s been away nearly 5 weeks now in the UK working on our house there, so I’ve been busy busy busy with the B&B and changeovers, lots of washing ironing and gardening, mowing and strimming plus exhibitions looming, (and no time to seriously get down to painting in preparation for them……help!) Anyway without my handyman…

Rocmadour revisited.

It’s 26 years since we visited Rocamadour,  so for my birthday treat we had a grand day out in April. When it normally rains that day, the sun shone on me for once! Photographs don’t give it justice, it’s a stunning place.  Climbing the clock tower and out on to the promontory,  gazing  out at…

Winter Solstice draws near.

Although we shall see the arrival of Winter Solstice in a few days and mornings are heavy with frost, come noon, day after day we’ve been bathed in glorious glaring sunshine, the cristal clear light streams through windows with unforgiving brilliance, equally the cloudless nights are brimming with mystical moonlight, while the eerie shapes in the landscape cloak themselves…