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Hello from…what day is it anyway?

Hello everyone. So it might be Monday morning here in Raincity, but the last few days are such a blur I’ve almost completely lost touch with the calendar. One reason for this is that I booked our return flights for two different days! Yeah!…

August 31, 2015
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Plum cake and an open fire for rainy days

There has been some manky weather round here these past couple of days and Robbie and I are trying to get as much done as possible before we have to lock down the house and garden and head to Vancouver. The weather has turned…

August 28, 2015
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Drawing challenge: Tiny

Tiny! What a lovely concept Tammie thought of for this week’s drawing challenge. Thank you so much Tammie. I’m a big fan and a big collector of tiny things. I love to stage found tiny things around the studio as inspiration while I paint.…

August 22, 2015

Today was a good day

Robert just looked at me, smiled and said, “Has it been your kind of day today?” I must admit it that it was! I got to paint all day today. That was a treat. I bought 8 beautiful old maps from ebay. They range…

August 21, 2015
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Evenings round here

It’s beginning to look a lot like high summer round here. Our English summer is the typical on the cool side summer, but at least the blackberries are ripening. I’m worried though that I might miss the majority of our garden plums because they…

August 18, 2015
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Sunday rest…HA!

Sundays might be meant for rest and a lie-in, HA, not us! We jumped up first thing and hooned X country to Northhamptonshire and the Santa Pod raceway to be part of the Mini in the Park. So many pretty cars! (you have to…

August 17, 2015
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Drawing challenge: Image

I’m so glad the drawing challenge is back after a summer break, and am so grateful to our woolfie girl Nadine for calling this weekend’s DC: Image. The word image is so loaded with possibilities, isn’t it? Some days I feel I’m so bombarded…

August 14, 2015
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The Great Coxwell Barn

Last week, my friend Elaine said she would kidnap me for a couple hours to take me somewhere special. That somewhere special turned out to be this amazing place…and, right within my ten mile radius of West Cottage, so happily fit into my Ten…

August 13, 2015
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Car boot sale treasure

What a treat it is to find unexpected treasures at a thrift store, flea market, or here in Oxfordshire, car boot sales. Come see what I found on Sunday. I bought a peaceable kingdom of sorts. Actually, I bought 19 lead farm animal toys…

August 10, 2015
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Friends for a Sunday lunch

Hello from Sunday night everyone. We had the most marvellous weekend round here. Our friends Nick and Sarah drove down from The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, to have Sunday lunch with us. I haven’t seen them for a full year and so was very…

August 9, 2015