Good Morning and welcome to
The Great British Summer
yes, this is the view out of our back and front window this morning.
.......and yes, just for a change, its pouring down.
flower painting collection
I have been admiring Nass's
amazing collection of flower paintings,
that he has displayed in the studio.
They look gorgeous all together.
He collects them from all over the place
and now has about 30.
Sadly, when he has a buyer,
he will be selling the entire collection,
lock, stock and barrel.
(The only one that will never be sold,
is the far right, underneath the daffs.
This was one of my granddad's paintings,
that he painted for me, shortly before he died.
Clever man, my grandfather)
I'll be sorry to see them go,
but as Nass says,
it's the air fare to go to our
Jay's wedding in Virginia.
Ever positive hey?
WorkshopsWe had our first workshop yesterday.
Three friends joined
to enjoy a day in our
They were great company and I think I enjoyed it as much as they did.
In fact,when we ran way over time
and they felt they should go,
I was so enjoying it,
I wanted them to stay longer.
They were introduced to the
delights of decoupage after
learning to paint and distress.
The day went in a flash.
We stopped at lunchtime for
the veggie munch
I had prepared earlier in the day.
Spinach Roulade with a mushroom and
Emmanthal filling, on a bed of rocket.
When I was vegetarian chef at West Dean College, a few years back, I had to make each of these for about 20-30 people.
They were a devil to roll up in one piece.
Ratatouille with fresh herbs
from the garden
Glass of wine
for those who wanted and were not driving.
(No friends, I didn't partake, as I thought I would talk more than usual and go off on a tangent..yes, yes,even more than normal)
Strawberries and Greek yogourt.
(As a little aside,
the best Greek yogourt in my world,
at the moment,
comes from, of all places, Lidl.
Its in a huge, white tub and is glorious
....and no, Lidle's are not paying me,
though maybe they should. ha ha)
I am at present working on dates and how much
we can learn in a day or weekend, without overloading people.
So, if you would like to learn any or all of these skills;
painting, distressing, crackle glaze,
craquelure, decoupage, gilding and finishing a piece of furniture to be proud of.
Rain or shine
have a wonderful Monday.
Happy Birthday to both
Krista & Fay