The Scilly Isles, a good friend has just holidayed there returning full of energy and enthusiasm for these beautiful, rugged  isles.

I’ve only been there once, astern in 1988.

Scilly Isles
St Mary’s (1), Scilly Isles

A friend at Radio Cornwall, Tamsin Mitchell, asked be to be there to cover the arrival of Richard Branson with his Virgin Atlantic Challenger II.

Sold to R. Branson, “Virgin Atlantic Challenge 2”, available as a signed print

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Two Green Bottles …

Two bottles of wine, two people.
Yesterday, lunch with Lily from Toulouse who is making a little very welcome visit to recharge her batteries.
A friend of mine who runs the all bio Château de Meyragues, un château médiéval à proximité d’Albi in the Gaillac region recons
Château de Meyragues
the best way to drink wine is a magnum for two, ideally with just one doing the drinking …

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Apres Plage

Saint Malo plage morning and after, a fine lunch at the restaurant and bar of Théhillac. I can unreservedly recommend “Les Re 7 d’Antan” at Théhillac. This restaurant, host and hostess, opened about 18 months past, have a growing ‘gourmet’ reputation for good value and quality meals. The master chef Didier is really ‘en forme’. … Read more

Forest fires?

“Foret de Sevens”, Forbidden, Picking of Wild Mushrooms. Painting made on location in this, one of the two most ancient forests in France,  Tarn province, measures 50 x 40 cm, (19¾” x 15¾”), oils, price £2000.00 ex studio, ex frame. See…/forest-…/forbidden-wild-mushrooms/ “These paintings are more than a match for anything in the Musee d’Orsay” ~ … Read more

Contrasting Castles

A tale of two contrasting castles, part of my last months adventures, to share with you.
I visited the [ruined] castle at Tonbridge in central Kent, at one time said to be one of the strongest in England.
By contrast, Scotney Castle was built as a picturesque folly.
WordPress is being silly about uploading my photos.
You can still see them on my Facebook page
The site is a pleasant, graceful, park, with an interesting although not dramatic history.
Access is free.

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25th of May

The 25 th of May birthday 🎂 went so well 🍷🎈📌, a memorable occasion for all the best reasons, hence the photos below some of you kindly requested.

I’m only just recovering from the party !

We certainly did raise a glass to ‘Absent Friends’.
Cake candles were duly blown out, champagne and balloons pop’d.

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As with sunrise, I’m just beginning to emerge from my birthday week end.

07 Aug Sunrise

I am exhausted so clearly it was a success!
My very sincere thank you to each and every one of you who kindly thought to make the week end even better by sending your good wishes and especially for Matt Burton for his help setting up and Richard Burstow who having driven from England was a great and patient support.

I hope I’ve replied individually to all of you if not be so kind as to excuse me.

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