Nicholas Hilliard, a 16th Century son of Devon, England, made it big in art with his tiny miniature limner portraits of Elizabethan London. Hilliard painted many of Queen Elizabeth I. The pair above were painted in 1575. The Pelican (left) and the Phoenix (right), 787 x 610mm. Both well-known symbols with deep roots into … More Hilliard
No city can beat Brighton for its lanes brimming with independent boutique shops, eating houses and art galleries. I recently had another great weekend with one of my daughters. Sun and heat strangely turning the buzz of commerce to a slower, timeless consideration bathing in the stillness of the day. It was in this near … More Dynamite Gallery exploded
That does it! I am hopping mad! I looked at the skies here in Southampton this morning, and I knew we had been chemtrailed. The morning blue just wasn’t there; instead some sort of non-descript grey light with no depth of sky above. The other tell-tale sign – the extra, ultra-metallic blinding fuzz, defusing the … More The Trail They Blaze
Any Christmas baby will tell you, if they could choose any month to be born, December would not make it to the top eleven. If pushed to pick December, they would nominate a day in the first 2 weeks of that month. But as we all know, entering this world – the good old fashion … More It’s a Girl!
I have been so very busy over the last six months researching for my next book. Truth be told, I have two books on the go simultaneously – Book two in my Dragons dwelt here series, historical novels for ten and up readership. (The first in the series, Thunderbird set in pre-European American Continent, is, … More Adrift
Benozzo Gozzoli’s Procession of the Magi 1459-60, is part of a cycle of frescoes in the Magi Chapel in the palace Medici Riccardo of Florence, Italy for the powerful rulers of Florence, the Medici family. A family that has influences in Italy even to this day. Gozzoli (right) painted a cycle … More The Medici
My husband and I, with our two boys met up with friends near the Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth a few weeks ago, to watch those magnificent men and women in their flying machines. 2017 Southampton summer was a little disappointing. A complete contrast to the long dry summer of 2016. So wet, my tomatoes rotted on … More Those Magnificent Men
Our local Oxfam store, is the store that keeps on giving. On my walk to town a month or two ago, I discovered an ordinary, yet interesting oil painting by one Alfred W. Jessop 1965. The top three things I look for when we buy a house are 1. A foyer, 2. French doors and … More Dressing the “foyer”
A few weekend’s ago my youngest daughter and I went on a Girls road trip to Brighton. She had visited once before – last summer with some friends. But this was my first visit. I had seen the Brighton Pier printed on postcards over the years; so, it seemed only right, once we were off … More Brighton, to take in the air.
Having discovered hidden treasurers among odd, quirky and sometimes trashed second-hand-casts-off, at our local Oxfam store, eg my Constable plate of Dedham Loch, I have started to visit the place most weeks, perchance to find a treasure; a treasure to me that is! While perusing the shelves, before my grocery shop last Friday, I was … More ICONS