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Thursday, 21 July 2022

Wednesday, 20th July 2022 - First Encounter

Wow, that has been a hot couple of days in Kent. I have been trying to keep up with sweat going out and fluid going in. I am pleased that we are cooling down as I found it hard to operate myself. We did have a lovely afternoon yesterday watching, my granddaughter's, Hetty's leavers assembly. As I type she has now finished at primary school. Blimey, where did that time go. I am so proud of her and look forward to hearing and hopefully sharing her future adventures.

I was delighted to meet my grand niece today. She has been in the world for four weeks and has taken our hearts already. The coffee was delicious as was the cinnamon bun where we met at Water Lane. Such a beautiful venue.

This evening I was out again. We took the MG over to The Lord Raglan, I drank rose wine whilst watching the Weald of Kent Morris do some delightful dancing. Ivy and Steve, and a little bit from Tim, sang and played music inside the pub. I love being an audience. 


First Encounter
Watercolour

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Wednesday, 13th July 2022 - Buff Tailed Bumblebee

Neglect has killed my sourdough starter. Luckily, my friend Tony, is much more attentive to his and delivered me a rampant jar. I now have a loaf rising.

It has been another hot day. The forecast said it was going to be cooler but it didn't happen in Benenden. I am getting a lot of reading done on the kitchen sofa where a breeze passes through. The garden needs attention and apart from some watering and a bit of deadheading the rest will have to wait until I can bear to bare myself outside. Not sure if this sentence is quite correct? 

A bumblebee, which was quite impressive in size, was delighting in my dahlias. What a gorgeous creature.




Buff Tailed Bumblebee
Watercolour

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Tuesday, 12th July 2022 - Present from Toronto

A fortnight spent in Toronto was incredible but I am delighted to be home.

Harriet and Herbie made an impromptu visit today. How lovely to seem them. I have missed them terribly. I get to hug and catch up with our granddaughters next week.

Blimey it has been hot today. I found relief by standing in the paddling pool we got out for Herbie even though it made me want to go for a wee. There is something about cold water and feet that does that.

After doing some ironing and giving up because it was really not pleasant I lounged about with an art book. It has inspired me to get my art materials out again so here I am....




Present from Toronto
Pen and Gouache

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Saturday, 11th June 2022 - Sibling Watching

The light was really unusual as I left the house this afternoon. It was not a mysterious phenomenon but the tint on my sunglasses. 

Tim and I had a wandered around The Wealden Fair. It was sunny and packed with people buying delights.

Our afternoon was spent watching the grandchildren playing. The pond is now leak proof and repopulated with newts, fish, dragonfly lavae, lily pads and one large black beetle. Michael gave Herbie and Mirabelle a tour of the garden in the every popular transport of a wheelbarrow which was the perfect vantage point to watch the antics of their brother and sisters.

I retreated to my studio to watch the second part of the five day Refresh course I am following with Alice Sheridan. There was a lot to consider. I will be thinking about my creative process and working through a three page worksheet.

The evening has been spent eating chickpea stew and watching series three of Stranger Things.


Sibling Watching
Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 10 June 2022

Friday, 10th June 2022 - First Sweetpeas

I have moved where I grow my sweetpeas. They now have sun most of the day. The move looks like I may have a decent crop to delight my eyes and nose. 

I am doing a five day course with the artist Alice Sheridan to get my art arse (I hope) back into gear. The first session was great. I have been listening to her ArtJuice podcast for a while and then this opportunity came up. Take it I thought. 

As I am venturing into new areas I decided to use gouache to paint my peas. Strange opaque stuff. 

This evening I am looking forward to catching up with friends who have been away over a glass of wine in the sun.



First Sweetpeas
Gouache

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Wednesday, 8th June 2022 - The Mill

Herbie and Hetty both had visits to their new schools on the same day. I popped over to cover the crossover and played trains with Herbie, read books and sung about hot cross buns.



The Mill
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Saturday, 4th June 2022 - Jubilee at The Halfway House

Tim spent the morning concreting in the stones around our pond. Hopefully for the last time. I plucked my eyebrows.

This afternoon a depleted side of The Weald of Kent Morris danced superbly at The Halfway House in Brenchley. A choice of 65 beers and 20 ciders made for a very jolly afternoon spent friends who looked very similar to the ones we spent yesterday afternoon with.



Jubilee at The Halfway House
Oil on board