Katie Boyle

On Friday afternoon I went to the Battersea Dogs Home in London where a celebration of Katie Boyle’s life was being held All around the room were photographs showing Katie throughout her life and a number of large screens continuously screening her ads for Camay soap and her many appearances on a BBC television when […]

A trip up the river

Last Wednesday my young friend and I left the mooring at about 9.30 for a three hour trip downriver to Marlow. We’d booked lunch at Sindhu’s Indian restaurant. It’s run by Atul Kochhar and is located in the Compleat Angler Hotel. It’s a lovely place to eat, overlooking the river and serves traditional Indian food. […]

From a Princess to a Queen

I’ve known Princess Azizah since she was a small girl and a member of the Johor royal family. Over the years she’s commissioned many miniature portraits from me – including five of her babies. This was after she married the Tunku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Pahang in Malaysia. Three years ago she brought this diamond […]

Still Bowling Along

I haven’t advanced very far in the matches I’ve played in so far this year but hopefully that will change next week as I’m determined to play well in the ‘Novices’. We had a Gala day recently. Here’s a shot which shows a variety of colours in the woods. Henley Regatta had a good week […]

Still Cruising

We left Slovakia and made our way to Vienna where we had an overnight stay. That evening we went to a Strauss and Mozart concert in the city The opera singers were very good – this lady had a most beautiful voice. Next day we passed this lovely St. Francis of Assisi church on our […]

Cruising along the Danube

We chose the right week for our cruise as last week it poured with rain every day, and the week before that it was very cold. After an hour’s delay at Heathrow we were soon on our way to Budapest and were transported to our ship – The Maria Theresa. We discovered there would be […]

Garden Party

On Thursday we took the train to London, dressed in our finery, as we had been invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace. During the fifties I served in Malaya and Singapore during the Malayan Emergency. I was a humble sapper in the Royal Engineers and was a cartographer tasked with producing 30 six […]