Archive for the ‘diary’ Category

Value of Executive Displacement Activity & Spanish Gold

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
What a treat ! (and The Value of Executive Displacement Activity and Spanish Gold)
 piracy and gold, I’ll explain…
I’ve just heard C S Forester’sHornblower and the Hotspur” on Utube as a book!
C S Forester was an author of outstanding brilliance. His story includes mention of neutral Spanish treasure ships ( so is based on bizarre real events. A frigate action in part caused by poor British ‘intelligence’ (spying) caused uproar in London, many disapproved. So did Madrid, it caused Spain to enter the Napoleonic Wars.
Many consider C S Forester the greatest spinner of sea yarns.



Sunday, November 12th, 2017

The painting changed my mind, my paintings often ‘speak’ to me. I wasn’t going to show this painting again until it was completed.

Az ‘tiz, there have been so many changes and will be so many more since it was last shown, it begs to be given more airtime so ‘eertiz.

Racehorse progress 08.11.17

A new marine painting,  75 x 100 cms (29.5″ x 39″), Oils, available. (more…)

I love Plymouth but

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Tell this to unimaginative #Plymouth CC who recently lost a major race to Sable d’Olonne ~ “Clipper yacht race reveals £7.5M boost for Liverpool economy”.

Cutlass 40

Cutlass 40…/

Cutlass 40 detail

Cutlass 40 detail

#Mayflower400 story so far, bah bah bah.

Maiden Calling

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
A great moment to enjoy and profit from, Tracy Edwards, Helen Lucus and Nicola Rodregeuz, speaking soon, 30 th November, at the Lecture Hall, The Close, Salisbury Museum.
Tickets £30 from or phone 07921 800533 Maiden Poster
The painting chosen for this poster is the dramatic, famous, “Ice Maiden”, a powerful inspiration in particular for women, available as a print signed by Tracy Edwards and the artist, £147. from a great gift, only 2 left so grab yours quick!

seamen and racing cars

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Yesterday went well, better than expected.

I drove to Baud, a small town well inland as Breton towns go, about an hour and a half from here to attend an event, a sort of ‘market’, pre Christmas Fair, organised by Angloinfo so most of the people there were Brits. many British live in France.IMG_1894

Back in 2002 when I first found myself single, I thought I might turn my back on the sea, start afresh. The Sea made sure it was not to be.

It happened again today, as I walked in a rather good group started to sing “Fiddler’s Green”, a favourite of mine, maybe you know it? (more…)

Pickle Night

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

I have Urgent Dispatches” in the news again, Pickle Night tomorrow night so it is doubly a pleasure to announce this new book, published in German, ‘Signals at Sea’, “Signale der Seefahrt” a high quality beautifully presented, lavishly illustrated published production by author Detlef Hechtel and Oceanum Verlag, ISBN 978-3-86927-423-2

Signale der Seefahrt

Signale der Seefahrt

Even if your German is as mine, rudimentary, I still recommend you have a look at this book if only because it has such an International feel and such care has been taken over the illustrations. (more…)

For those on peril on the sea

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Wot, no rigging on Racehorse?

As we, HMS Racehorse, author Peter Goodwin and I  get neared completing, changes become progressively more refined, smaller and more subtle, harder to notice, yet people have very powerful intuition so sense what is not right.

Racehorse progress, 30.10.17

Racehorse progress, 30.10.17

There remains much to be done, completion or at least the delicate 97 % stage does now look in sight. You can follow this rare new yarn via “HMS Racehorse“. (more…)

Radford, Plymouth

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Radford Lake, The whole area has a rich and mysterious history.

I will share with you, especially those who know or would like to know the Plymouth area, part of my answer via a Facebook comment from my friend Linda Winter who reminded me via her post of the old Radford House controversially demolished in 1937 and the manor that preceded it, the caves, Radford and Hooe lakes, you referred to Linda Winter, are all still there and I’ll reminisce a little, about happy days….

Reverting to nature, Hooe Lake,

Reverting to nature, Hooe Lake,


Les Sables d’Olonne?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Never heard of Les Sables d’Olonne?
You will now…
News in today via Linkedin, the prestigious #GoldenGlobeRace 2018 which the beautiful port of Falmouth lost to Plymouth will now be held in France because of Brexit.
The race marks the anniversary of Sir Robin #Knox-Johnston’s victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe in 1968 when he sailed Falmouth to Falmouth.

Falmouth Harbour, sunset

Falmouth Harbour, sunset

Robin sailed into history as the first man to sail solo nonstop around the planet.
Sir Robin #Knox-Johnston wrote about that in “A world of my own” (ISBN 0-246-13410-0) and he and his wife commissioned the now famous painting “Roaring Forties” ~ painted by guess who?

Roaring Forties

Roaring Forties


That elusive 3 %

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Artist to Artist ~

Surprise, Hermione 24.10.17

Surprise, Hermione 24.10.17

last 3 % ~ found it for “Surprise ! Hermione”.

The #Hermione painting is an imaginative interpretation, not an exact study. so here is the updated picture, enjoy.
Artist to Artist, responding to my special friend of many years, David Folley, in his own right an artist of extraordinary talents and knowledge, wrote to me about “Surprise ! Hermione”. (more…)