Up, Up, and Away – Not

I was given a hot air balloon trip for two as my eightieth birthday present from the family, but as we need to book the flight a long way ahead and have to ring the night before to make sure the weather in the morning is OK for flying, our scheduled trip last Thursday morning […]

Painting a Spitfire

I’ve been working very hard lately on a trio of oil paintings. Because oil paint takes quite a while to dry – particularly certain colours – I paint a section of one picture, then go to the next one, and on to the third. This is to avoid me smudging the work. This is one […]


Giffords Circus came to Stonor Park the other day. The year 2018 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of circus. To celebrate this particularly English invention, Giffords Circus, the nation’s most glamorous troupe, has been throwing a summer-long party. With its new seats – all lined in plush red velvet – (wish they’d covered […]

A Flight in a Spitfire

For the past couple of years I’ve been saving up to achieve a very special ambition – to fly in a Spitfire. So five percent of earnings from painting commissions together with any winnings on the lottery and premium bonds went into my special RAF Spitfire tin to pay for the possibility of flying. And […]

Henley Regatta

The sun keeps shining so lots of boating and outdoor pursuits, Henley Regatta was bathed in sunshine for the whole week, Here I am standing on my balcony ready for our day at Phyllis Court. Cousin Paul and Em joined us in the morning and off we set, pausing at the arched bridge at Phyllis […]

Hot. Hot. Hot

Our week in the Lake District saw wall to wall sunshine every day. We visited most of the lakes (or meres as I ought to call them) and went on three different types of boat. The lodge we stayed was ideally situated between Coniston Water and Windermere. The nearest village is Hawkeshead – dubbed ‘The […]

Back to the Twenties

It was the year 1928 when the Henley-on-Thames Bowling Club was formed, so as the 90th anniversary fell due last week it was decided to have a special day on Saturday when members could dress up in Edwardian attire. The Mayor and members of Henley Town Council were invited to play with us. We were […]