Monday, 3 August 2015

Orkney Stories Day 2: The West Side of the Island


Up a steep hill, pursued by Belgiums (friendly) to Kitchener’s Monument at the top of the Marwick cliffs on the west side of the mainland.

Out of breath. I look east across soft greens, cattle and sheep.

And just down the road is a treasure trove of Fisherman’s huts in a secret cove.
Lobster Pots are evident. 
The is hush-hush Orkney. We mark the spot our map.


Orkney, a place for discovery, Shhhh – keep it to yourself.

A soft green landscape with the sun at out backs

Fishermen's' Huts atop a tiny secret cove

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Orkney Stories Day 1: The Ness of Brodgar,

The Ness of Brodgar.
An archaeological treasure trove
Each Summer the good and the archaeological great come here to excavate. The Ness of Brodgar is an award winning excavation in the centre of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site.

We dig dig dig dig dig dig, dig the whole day through,
To dig dig dig dig dig dig dig, is what we like to do”.

Exhausted watching the Dig we return to Milbrig our home for the week.

Orkney-thology! 

More information on this exciting dig here

Award winning Digging

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Fountain of Love

Cliveden House Buckinghamshire
 
The Fountain of Love: Cupid and Friends at Cliveden

Wedged in between to very wet days, last Saturday was warm and sunny. So we went to Cliveden.  I normally see this lovely Italianate mansion looking up from the River Thames. It always appears to hover above you.

A marvellous sculpture, The Fountain of Love, welcomes visitors at the end of a bright lime tree avenue running up to the house. It was created by an American, Thomas Waldo Story in Rome in 1897, having been commissioned by Lord Astor for this spot.  


The huge Carrara marble shell is the resting place for three life-size female figures attended by cupid.  Water appears to come spilling out from everywhere. It falls into the cool green pool in which I dangled my feet as I drew.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Tarry a while in Tenby

Little town of the fishes - Tenby


Tenby in welsh is Dinbych-y-pysgod, meaning little town of the fishes or little fortress of the fish. 

This delightful walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire is on the western side of Carmarthen Bay. 

During the Wars of the Roses Henry Tudor, the future King Henry VII of England, sheltered here before sailing into exile in 1471.


Ruth Livingstone, who is boldly walking along the coast of Britain, recently sheltered in of this wonderful part of Wales.  

As Ruth's  artist-in-residence I painted this modest celebration. 

Ruth’s exploits are at http://coastalwalker.co.uk