Snow, panic and Ben Aynslie, a rare event or climate change?

The South of France was hit heavily by snow yesterday , over 3″ in places. 

Some French are saying drivers in the South of France  are upset by 2 days of rain, this snow is causing panic, catostrophy!itzac-valley-snow-img_4359-wp

The snow arrived at Castelnau de Montmiral and Itzac during the night so what are the roads like?


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Snow today

How do the Tarnais cope with snow?

Snow today in the Tarn. 2″ since 09.00. I am very glad to have my marine thermal under garments on!  The snow should make for some good photography. Paint outside? You must be joking?

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Friendship St Maloan style, the nicest possible way?

I arrived in Plymouth after various adventures en route including an unexpected party at St Malo and am in for a busy week.
Went to the farm at Calvados and picked up a few more important things from the wreckage of 94 RPR, my home of 22 years.

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It’s Pickle night!

Pickle night tonight!!! An excuse to party! Never mind naughty old Guy Fawkes…

The best Pickle night party we ever had included firing 2 real naval cannons complete with gun carriages, from our back garden!

Our thin excuse was

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"Vagrant off the Needles", only 3 left!

Stock control. “Vagrant off the Needles“, see, only 3 left!

A beautiful limited signed, numbered edition of an elegant  schooner the famous Nathaniel Hershoff built at New York U.S.A.

Vagrant off the Needles” was the first of my paintings to go into print thanks to Helen Swaby of De Montfort Fine Art
Following a recent enquiry here,

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Halloween is or was the pagan festival for the dead?

Castelnau de Montmiral is one of the last places I’d expect evil spirits. It is a beautiful, tranquil ancient hill top “Bastide” village. One of Les Plus beaux villages de France.

If there are any evil spirits

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The marine world has lost a champion.

Commander Mike Gilbert, Royal Navy, Mike Gilbert Chief Exec Mount Batten Watersports Centre, Mike Gilbert President of Maritime Plymouth.

I was aware Mike had stood down as Chairman of Maritime Plymouth last May.
I was unaware until today that Mike died recently.

I am very deeply saddened to hear we have lost Mike. The marine world and Maritime Plymouth in particular has lost a champion.

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Stange things happen on computers…

Mysterious happenings on my desktop computer

Wow, what a difference, I’d never go back!

Last week I treated my desktop PC to a new monitor/screen.  I changed my 17″ screen for the latest thing according to their web site, from AMU, a 22″ flat screen.

The 5 year old 17″ was ceremoniously retired and replaced with a shinny new 22″ flat screen built by AMU


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