Monthly Archives: June 2013



I don’t know if I’ve mentioned my new hobby?

Painting for 3 hours on a Thursday morning while Molly is at school.

I’m not a naturally gifted painter mind. I have to work at it and paint from photos and pictures.  Very few can paint from a real life scene, those are the really good ones. I bow down to those. Many different styles make artists famous.

I like to just paint and dab those oils on to the board with a palette knife or brush. Sometimes its fun and sometimes it’s just so damn hard.  I find that as soon as someone watches me, I freeze up and start painting like a “git”!

Here is my 1st painting:


and then I decided to do something a little different. A bowl of oranges in front of an open window, which I took 2 months to paint and then in a fit of frustration, I painted a dark backdrop in about 5 minutes. This is what that looked like:


and then this morning about an hour ago, I started another painting at home. Three men on bicycles. IT IS NOT ANYWHERE NEAR COMPLETED! Just the beginning base coat and colours. Ohhh but this whole painting lark is just divine. Loving it. Feel guilty enjoying it so much. And yes, let me just own the guilt. I love feeling guilty, makes it all worthwhile.

This is the uncompleted work in progress: (hectically wishy washy I know!):


anyway, just thought I’d share this little hobby of mine.


Molly as Scarlett in Gone with the Wind…


It is blowing gales here today. My garden is a mass of leaves and broken branches.

To top it all off, Molls has Scarlet Fever. Yes, me too, I also thought the last person to have Scarlet Fever was before the Anglo Boer War in 1866. But…it’s true, she does.

Scarlet Fever is actually just a strep throat accompanied by a high temp and a scarlet rash all over the body.

It’s all so… Little Women.

All I know is thank goodness for my awesome doctor, who had just come back from a months holiday, in Eastern Europe and met me at his rooms last night in the gale force winds to see my little Scarlett. Thank goodness for suppositories and antibiotics! Love them! You have to love small town doctors.

Anyway need to place a damp, cool cloth on Scarletts forehead as she convalesces on her bed and makes us dance rings around her. For a mute, she’s incredible astute at communicating what she wants!