Saturday, 30 April 2016


This is my 250th blog so I've decided to start with my latest portrait of Jimmy.  It's drawn in museum pencils on mi-teintes paper.  This photo was on my mother's day card and it was quite hard to capture his cheeky smile.  I've got lots more photos now to play with so watch this space!

Our first weekend in England was spent with Jo and the 2 Jameses in Whitstable. The weather was rather cold but at least it was dry and sunny enough to sit in the garden on Sunday afternoon with a glass of Prosecco before our roast beef dinner.  I drew the corner of the garden which has a lot more light now thanks to a radical pruning of the willow tree.

On the Saturday we walked into town for a pub lunch and a look round the fascinating shops, many of which are independent and very individual.  On our return home we all sat down to watch a movie while we warmed up with a cup of tea.

A quick scribble of James senior while he was cooking the dinner and kept popping out to the garden for a swig of his drink!

Not far from Whitstable is Reculver, the location of an ancient Roman camp.  There are some ruins of an old abbey as well as a more recent reconstruction of a church which now acts a navigational mark, standing out on top of the hill.  There is a wonderful children's playground just to the right of those red flags where James and Jimmy played for ages before we ate our picnic lunch.
After a week visiting Mum we finished off our trip at Justine's for the long-awaited garden party.
As usual I had plenty of customers, some of whom were old faithfuls and some brand new, coming to the party for the first time.  I would like to thank you all for making the effort to come and support Woking Hospices, our good cause, for whom we raised £481.