The Royal Flueologist

Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey Chim chim cher-ee! A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey Chim chim cher-oo! Good luck will rub off when I shakes ‘ands with you If you ring Kevin Giddings and are put on hold for a short while these are the words (from the film […]

The Revival Period

I’ve just come back from attending a book launch at the Philip Mould Galleries in London. The book is ‘A Dictionary of Miniature painters 1870 – 1970 by Roger and Carmela Arturi Phillips. The book spotlights painters practising the art after the invention of photography in 1830 saw the demise of many miniature painters. The […]

The countryside in March

Yesterday we drove to Bampton in the Cotswolds to see Joanne Dalston. A beautiful early spring day, the blossoms were all beginning to sprout and daffodils lined the verges. Just last weekend Downton Abbey – the very popular television series – was filming the society wedding at this church there. And I glimpsed these cottages […]

Invasion of Dragons

Last Sunday morning upon hearing the rhythmic beating of drums I looked up from my desk to see a small procession of Dragon Boats in the distance. I figured they must be near by, so sprinted (that’s a laugh) down the road to find where they were assembling. In the bright February sunshine I soon […]