Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011



Over a week since leaving and I am finally at King’s Wood ( via France which whetted my appetite for more)

England though is familiar and strange, the aural environment strikes first, all those voices from British TV – they all speak like that ! I sound the same as ever but people keep noticing I am different. On the coach from Heathrow to Gatwick I saw a field, no a meadow, full of Ragwort and Queen Anne’s Lace, the beauty of it hit me like a physical force. Later, from a bridge I saw a man with a camera and tripod climbing over a stile into a field from the river path and it struck me how intimately involved people are here with their countryside. Keeping footpaths open, defending green belts from development, picnicking in the rain, just insisting on their rights to access natural places.

Working in the alotment

Sue's summer garden

Next stop France courtesy brother Will and sister in law Sue to visit my cousin in Haimps near Cognac. It was a very rich experience, visually, culturally and gastronomically !

More Pix to come ….

In France

Diane de Poitier's garden at Chateau de Chenonceau


Chateau de Cenonceau was most beautifully maintained and the gardens to die for

Earlier ….next stop King’s Wood…

Welcome to my new website, and on the eve of my departure for foreign shores it seems fitting to start off the diary with this image (although going to Antarctica will have to wait for another day).


Chateau de Cenonceau

Cheese stall, Cognac market

Pique Nique sur l'herbe


In ten days time I leave for King’s Wood in Kent, England for a two month residency with Stour Valley Arts. Thanks to Artsource, Stour Valley arts, Jasmin Stevens, Gregory Pryor and my family, especially Colin, for their encouragement and support.

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