Friday, 31 December 2010

Birthday Greetings.

       It's my sister's birthday today.
      Best Wishes for a
                     Happy Birthday Pat!!

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Peace at Christmas

                       Best Wishes for a Happy,
                             Peaceful Christmas.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Snow in Rainham December 2010

                         We've had a heavy  fall of snow this morning, transforming the rear garden.
                          Aand more snow....
                  And yet more snow!
                Then Dennis went out to the front garden and found yet more of the White Stuff!!
'That's it' he said  and set about plying his snow shifter!!


Friday, 17 December 2010

Charcoal sketching

What does one do when on holiday in deepest frozen  Herefordshire?  Stay in the warm and attend one of the activities organised by the hotel staff.
I had the opportunity to try out using charcoal (very different to the normal pencil). Having selected a photograch to copy we set to work....and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
I am happy with the result, given it's a first attempt.  There's no doubt about which picture is the oricinal photocopy though!!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Watercolour Pencils

There was time for some sketching whilst resting my leg.
This treehouse was another picture I drew to pass the time.
Seeing it here I feel it needs more shadow but it was interesting to draw.It takes practise to ge tused to the water soluble crayons.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Frosted Cobwebs and tree trunks

There were beautiful traces of frost designs in unexpected places, even deep within the old hedge I painted a picture of last time we were at Holme Lacey.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Icy Cold Herefordshire!!

What beautiful views we had whilst visiting Holme Lacey.  Driving conditions were too difficult to go far, due to the severe frost, but who needs to drive with views like this from the hotel grounds?

Friday, 10 December 2010

Holiday Weather

We have just returned from holidaying in Herefordshire.  Not exactly ideal holiday weather bet certainly VERY BEAUTIFUL!!

Monday, 6 December 2010


A recent watercolour,  with an unexpected background colour!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Alfred (alias Arthur}

Apologies for previous error, now corrected.  Always did get my Arthurs and my Alfreds confused.

Deep Mid Winter

This is one of my recent watercolours, a possible prediction of the current weather conditions!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Winchester again.

 King Alfred's's statue stands resplendent facing up the main street of Winchester.
 Here in the Great Hall is King Alfred's Round Table displaying the Knight's names.
King Alfred is of great importance in Winchester, here in the Great Hall, beneath Alfred's Round Table sits this splendid bronze of  Queen Victoria.

Friday, 3 December 2010

A new friend.

Dennis is always on the look-out for a dog to make a fuss of.  He struck up a real friendship with this lovely, friendly boy who loved having his tummy tickled.  You can see the admiration was mutual!!
He became such a hit with Dennis we visited the stall three or four times!!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Our Visit to Winchester

We visited Winchester for a few days, to see the Christmas Markets.  Unlike in Essex there was no snow, just bitterly cold, and we had a wonderful time.  The stalls were so very bright and colourful and I hope you enjoy seeing the photo's.