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Veronica

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Hello from Sunday night

Oh my goodness life is flying by here in OXON. Robert and I were just saying that we really haven’t had a day off since I got here late June, so we took all Sunday off and did very little apart from sleeping in,…

July 27, 2015
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Practical class: Realistic botanical illustration in watercolour

I think that I can just about draw myself anything, (this statement is open to debate…lol), so when I decided to take this practical class on realistic botanical illustration, I hoped it wouldn’t be a waste of my time, (I’m such a cynic!) What…

July 25, 2015
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Practical class: Egg Tempera painting

Ah, the richness of raw pigments. Are you like me, an alchemist at heart? I’m not talking about turning lead into gold…well, not exactly…although one could argue that that’s exactly what we can do here. Do you see all these beautiful golden yellow pigments?…

July 24, 2015
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Practical class: Willow basket weaving 101

Hello everybody, I’m just back from a few days in Somerset and ready to begin our practical classes. I will give you all the information I have so you can try a few new art forms, and I will link you to teachers and…

July 23, 2015
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The king’s kitchens and my birthday supper

At RBG Kew, one of the most charming areas for me are the King’s kitchens and the kitchen’s garden. On the second floor is a small room with chairs and some lovely reproduction books and menus from King George’s era. One book I was…

July 14, 2015
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My birthday and RBG Kew

First I wanted to say thank you so much to everyone, over 100 of my friends, for wishing me a Happy Birthday yesterday on my Facebook. I’m absolutely overwhelmed with the outpouring of love. Thank you my friends. I treasure each and every one…

July 14, 2015
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Chickens and eggs and omelettes

Down at the other side of the meadow… around a little summer cottage… is our neighbour’s hen house and six hens. The hens are usually left inside their run, but sometimes get to wander out onto the meadow. Most days the hens are left…

July 10, 2015
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A walk in the fields

We live on the outskirts of our village and there are several farmed fields around us. There is a foot path leading thru five fields and a small copse which ends up at the Thames. I love to walk out to the Thames in…

July 7, 2015