Easter Sunday

Here is hoping all my Christian friends passed as beautiful or even better Easter Sunday than I did.
On a friends recommendation I visited the Marché Artisanale at Brain de Vilaine, a very ‘Breton’ village 🙂.
Exotic peppers from Christian Buchot, SAS Les épices de Cahan.
rare and aromatic peppers try www.lesepicesdecahan.fr

Lots to discover, lots of great bricabrac stalls, lots to eat, I was intriged by the South American ‘mini pasties’ made by Yamila of Empanadas, la Comparsa (T : 06 51 95 78 37).
I tried the ‘cheese & olive’ version, delicious ! 🙂

Also the exotic peppers and yes I couldn’t resist buying some from Christian Buchot of the SAS Les épices de Cahan.
Among other things he told me they supply Harods of Knightsbridge, London.
To sniff out more about these rare and aromatic peppers try www.lesepicesdecahan.fr, enjoy !

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La Recouverance

Here is an adventure for you! Photographed recently here is a detail from my painting long since sold, of the splendid French privateer schooner ‘La Recouverance’. Today she is based at her home port of Brest and it is possible to sail on her. You can view my painting and read the story via my … Read more

Word Power

Word sharing, worth sharing with you I hope you will agree with my friend American Rainbow Lightning Elk raised a good point today when she wrote on my Facebook page “So much history in that head of yours!
‘A Baglah dhow’, my painting used for the front cover of the best selling book ‘The Corsair’
I confess, I do love to hear a good story and enjoy telling an entertaining tale too🙂.
Much of the research for my paintings unwraps stories and ways of life that can’t be found anywhere else on the Internet.
It seems to me a pity not to share them hence the ‘further reading’ pages on my websites.

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PQ13 has been on my horizon again today.
This painting which is in Cornwall, remains for sale with me as ‘agent’ for the owner.
The asking price is a modest £1,000.
The Russian book about PQ13 has my painting on the front cover.

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Unexpected inspection?

An unexpected inspection? In Théhillac we are used to low flying aircraft, usually military fighter bombers, some pass very low and very fast. Could this be why some much Brittany milk tastes a bit odd? However this ‘whirlybird’ was exceptionally low, below tree top height and hung around for half an hour. A personal ‘secret’; … Read more

A lovely way to start the day

A completely unexpected message :
“I saw a lovely painting you did on the lugger ‘Barnabas’ years ago and in the text you wondered where she was now.
Barnabas, lugger

Cornish Lugger, ‘Barnabas‘, Barnabas, lugger, 23 X 35 cm (9″ x 14″) Watercolour, made approximately 1974.

Available £/€ 357 from my website page via Paypal or bank to bank payment.

 An very early example of my emerging talent so potentially a good investment as my reputation grows.

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Christmas 2020

We here in France are are allowed 6 people assembled for Christmas, curfew at 20.00. Wish you were here, I wish you a very merry Christmas and may 2021 be a better year for you. I’ve two guest tomorrow for an English Christmas lunch complete with roast beef, the seasons veggies, Christmas pudding, brandy butter … Read more