Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Miniature Art, Milan

In a couple of weeks we are off to Milan for our second Doll House Fair and our third visit to that city in the last twelve months.  Pictured are a few of the friends who will be with us on this trip.  

Of course, as last year we a taking the opportunity to stay in Italy a little longer, this time with trip down to La Spezia.

Recovering the Past

Going through family photographs for the Whitworth Gallery, I came across this gem.  Brother Mark and I struggling to put up a tent.  This image from around 1960, the Wolseley a pre-war model built in 1947.

Film - The Post

A very timely film, which cannot be an accident. The story line covers the stealing of the so called Pentagon Papers in 1971 and their subsequent partial publication in first the New York Times and a couple of days later in the Washington Post.  The papers are a record of successive US's governments real take on the war in Vietnam.  And this before wikileaks. The Nixon administration tried unsuccessfully to shut the press down.  Sound familiar? Well, as back then  American will survive again after you know who goes back to his normal business.

5 on the door for Tom and Meryl. They really should have worked together earlier than this. Didn't look like acting at all.

Book - Vroom with a View

A fun read, particularly if you are a fan of all things Tuscany. Isn't  it strange how someone else's written words chime with your own received impressions of a place or experience.  3 on the door for Peter.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Moving On

 From the drawing board to,

the workshop, or should that be playshop? Time to start making the furniture.

Blooming Heck

Amazing.  Six flowers breaking out with another FOURTEEN to come.

And bloom they did. Brilliant.

Drawing a Line

Having taken five years to write, Creating a Wake - a Granddad's Stories is finally bound.

Friday, January 05, 2018


Swan Lake by the Russian Ballet of Siberia which we saw at Saint David's Hall in Cardiff last week.  Stunning.