Thursday 30 May 2024

Thursday, 30th May 2024 - Author at Work

We had Pippa, an author, stay with us for a week. She is the granddaughter of the Ella Scrymsour-Nichol who built our house and the Catholic Church. Pippa is writing a book about her grandmother's life. During the day Pippa wrote in the same room where her grandmother used to write her novels. How wonderful is that. She met lots of local people who knew Ella to add to her research. Over a glass of wine we got to know more about Ella Scrymsour who sounds like she was quite a character.

Author at Work 
Pen and Watercolour

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Wednesday, 29th May 2024 - Art Connoisseurs

My guests have left me. I got the shower rooms sparkling before starting stewarding at the WOKAS exhibition. I was on duty with Michael. We didn't sell many paintings or cards but made sure that everyone was made welcome and had a programme and voting slip - even the ones who just came in to pray. Thank you to all those many friends who came to view the works of art and to Pippa and Linda for bringing me a coffee. I very much appreciated you visiting. Thank you.

I came home and made the soup I was going to make last night. It was broad bean, feta and smoked salmon. Just what I needed with a gin and tonic. I am ready for my bed and reading book. Goodnight to you all. 

Art Connoisseurs 
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday 28 May 2024

Tuesday, 28th May 2024 - By the Seaside

My plans I had planned for today didn't go as planned.  I felt grumpy. In the end it turned out to be a good day. 

Tim and I went to Fairlight. I wasn't going to go. I felt my so much better for getting out the house. Tim mended a loft leak. I drew my postcard hanging over a fence. I love this view of the sea. After we went to Elizabeth's for tea. She was clearing out cookery books. Tim found one with soup recipes. We went shopping for ingredients in Aldi, then Dunelm to return a light and get a replacement more charming one, finishing in Sainsburys for broad beans to add to our soup. Our intention was to cook the soup from our newly acquired book. We got home later than we planned. I made a frittata with salad which was quick and easy that we ate while watching a mystery thriller set in Bergen. Soup tomorrow.

By the Seaside 
Indian Ink and Watercolour

Monday 27 May 2024

Monday, 27th May 2024 -

Whilst having my shower this morning Tim did a fine job of clearing the kitchen from the bags and bottles from last nights preview. How lovely to be able to walk across the kitchen floor again.My bnb guests are delightful needing very easy breakfasts. I have had a good morning.

This afternoon I was stewarding at the WOKAS exhibition. It was buzzing with visitors. It's on all week with lots of lovely paintings and sculptures to admire and buy. Pop in if you are passing. I am back in Tenterden Wednesday afternoon. Bring me a flat white and a bun.

There is a beautiful view fields and trees with clouds of cow parsley. Today's postcard is my artistic interpretation of that beautiful view. What a beautiful part of the world we live in. 

Summer Fields 
Indian Ink and Watercolour

Sunday 26 May 2024

Sunday, 26th May 2024 - Foxglove for Conundrums

I am typing while eating salad with salad cream - don't judge me! I love salad cream - with sausage rolls and a glass of white wine surrounded by bags of glasses, empty bottles and leftovers from the WOKAS preview evening. I am happily shattered. What a day it has been.

Today started with my alarm telling me to get my arse into gear (I was happy dreaming) and cook breakfast for my author. That done I finished painting greetings cards for today's exhibition. I wanted to join Tim in Cranbrook. He was Morris dancing. I was behind with my jobs and had pastries to cook for tonight's WOKAS Preview. I loaded the car with glasses, wine, paintings and an abundance of 'things'. Tim helped with printing of signs and stuffing the dustbin that looks like a big paintpot with brushes made from mops into my car. We both went to watch The Stings at The Print House. I could have stayed all afternoon listening to them play as the sun shone and drinking G&T. BUT it was setting up at the WOKAS exhibition.  A few hours later it was done and dusted. The Preview this evening was packed. The exhibition was opened Linda Bassett, the actor, she is keen to join our society. What a charming person she is. Thank you to Lindsey and Tim who heaved and hefted many many bags to and fro. I may not have won a prize for my linocuts this evening but it was a delightful evening.

I came home and found a massive foxglove leaning against the kitchen worktop. It had been beaten horizontal by the rain last night and Tim had rescued it. Looking them up on google they symbolise loads of stuff one being conundrums. That is my life this week. Perfect for today's postcard. I might even send it to myself!!!

I am not going to be happy with my alarm tomorrow morning.

Foxglove for Conundrums 

Saturday 25 May 2024

Saturday, 25th May 2024 - Buttercup Fields

Wendy walked me around her garden which is looking stunning. I love the pale pink foxgloves. They are also having a battle with box moth that we have had, asparagus beetle that we haven't got but they don't have walnut tree beetle. Oh the battle of the insects is interminable. Tony and Wendy took us on a walk across fields and through woodland from Dingleden to Rolvenden. We arrived at The Star thirsty. I had a cider that reminded me of the lollies I had as a child. Leaving the pub I had great intentions of painting greetings cards for tomorrows exhibition. Our bnb guest greeted us with a bottle of wine. We sat in the garden that was still exuding warmth drinking wine while Pippa told more about the book she is writing about her grandmother that built our house.. Then she joined us for leek and potato soup finishing with chocolate brownie and ice-cream. I am not going to get any card paining done as the wine has interrupted my evening.

Buttercup Fields 

Friday 24 May 2024

Friday, 24th May 2024 - Cherry Beer and IPA at McCanns

I dropped a few of my charming linocuts into Bayliss & Co this morning. Beth said they were fab. I hope they sell. Thank you Beth for having my work. There was some gorgeous things on the shelves. I didn't have time to stop and look around. I am looking forward to going back very soon. Lovely lovely things all made by local artists.

We had a short afternoon with Harriet, Brett and our gorgeous grandchildren. I am so proud of them all. It has only been a couple of weeks since I last saw them and they have grown and changed in that short time. Total delights. On our way home we got diverted by an accident. Passing by the McCann Taproom Tim suggested a drink. I had charry beer which sounds disgusting but was delicious. It seems to be a work in progress. We plan to go back with friends and try their pizza, oh and another cherry beer.

Cherry Beer and IPA at McCanns 
Pen and Watercolour