My Scratch Card Itch

  All my life I have just KNOWN that one day I would win and win BIG on the scratch cards. Don’t panic, this day hasn’t arrived, but arrive it will, and when it does I will greet it saying, I’ve been expecting you. A, before-it’s-been-scratched, scratch card is a thing literally exploding with possibility, [...]

17 June, 2015 (21:11) | Musings | By: admin


After what happened last time (the £6,000 mini-Monet debacle) it is with a quickening of the heart and a sweating of the palm, that I hear the word charity. However, when Fair and Co approached me with a bullet-proof promise that I wouldn’t have to actually make an appearance at the auction, that all I [...]

27 May, 2015 (14:10) | Musings | By: admin

Tax Discs, Progress & the spoiling of our fun because of it (progress that is)

Right, here’s another entry in this very important and potentially culturally insignificant, blog. My subject this week is Tax Discs. Yes, those round perforated things that are stuck on the windscreens of our cars. Non-motorists may want to stop reading at this point and go and do something else, like go for a nice drive. [...]

27 January, 2015 (23:10) | Musings | By: admin

John Lobb and Me (Zebedee Helm)

My New Years resolution is (once again) to try and write this blog a bit more often. I just don’t know where my other fellow top bloggers find the time? Why do it at all, I sometimes find myself asking myself? I then reply to myself (last time I use that word in this paragraph, [...]

8 January, 2015 (18:27) | Musings | By: admin


Grasses illustration with old bottle

Introduction Firstly may I apologise to all my loyal readers (Roger in France) for not honouring my commitment to file a flower arrangement report every week. My excuse is that I had some even more important, top-secret jobs that required my attention this last month. Anyway, its business as unusual again! Background and Nostalgia This [...]

7 July, 2014 (15:54) | Musings | By: admin

Food Friends

I LOVE food, I eat it EVERY day I love it so, which got me thinking… about food, and love and which foods loved other foods. Rhubarb! You’re thinking, rhubarb and custard! And you’re absolutely right, that’s how it started it off. Then luckily it got even sillier and ended up with me painting wonderfully [...]

28 June, 2014 (13:45) | Musings | By: admin


This is a shamelessly hard-hitting, gritty, paired down, monochrome rendition of asparagus, or as I like to call it ‘rich man’s samphire’. I’ve opted for the monochrome (black and white) approach as a stark contrast to the luxury reputation of brand asparaggi, and also because using all the expensive green paint on this project is [...]

5 June, 2014 (12:02) | Musings | By: admin

Hawthorn and Cow Parsley

Speeding (but within the national limit) in my gas-powered Jeep down a country lane this morning I was struck by a two pronged fork of temporary snow blindness. And despite this being May it was not by actual snow! Snow it wasn’t, it was caused by the sun shining magnificently on the combined spring wonders [...]

20 May, 2014 (18:54) | Musings | By: admin

Wild Garlic

This week’s lovely flower painting is Allium Ursinium, which to those of you non-Latin scholars out there (Roger in France!?) is better known as Wild Garlic. Having looked up my POW (plant of (the) week) in the encycleopaedia I can intelligently reveal that it’s Latin name means ‘bear onion’. This name was bestowed upon it [...]

10 May, 2014 (11:13) | Musings | By: admin


The sight of a handful of freshly picked bluebells in an old Waitrose jam jar has to be about as reassuring as things on this earth can get. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to find myself walking through a wood carpeted with them, in the low evening light just after a heavy fall of rain. [...]

30 April, 2014 (14:47) | Musings | By: admin