This detail is a good example of why some people call me “the new Turner”.
It is blowing a full gale rising to storm force here, blowing hard with squalls and heavy showers since yesterday evening, here on the French Atlantic Ocean coast.
A gale quite similar to the great gale Admiral Nelson predicted as he died.
«Anchor Hardy, anchor», said the dying Admiral Nelson, still thinking of his men and ships as the battle of Trafalgar drew to its dramatic finalé.
Who was this Admiral Horatio Nelson, how was his character moulded?
Trafalgar, what was really happening at dawn off Cape Trafalgar ?
I present for you a perspective based upon over 10 years of research, some of it into archives unavailable to most scholars.
One of my ‘Nelson and Trafalgar’ series.
Popular myths, legend and propaganda abound.
At dawn the British Fleet as over 10 years of research I carefully plotted, at dawn is here with ships individually named, where dispersed over 3 x 4 miles of ocean.
Today is 21st October, 06.05, sunrise over the sea, 1805, you are in this painting, on board H.M.S. Victory, Nelson’s flagship; today is “Trafalgar Dawn”. A classic marine painting 30 x 121 cm (12″ x 48″) SOLD. Available from my Marine Art Prints page from £ / € 167., on canvas for the look … Read more
Home safely at Théhillac, resuming what passes for my normal life. An evening to relax, music and song, French culture, some of the songs comic at Roche-Bernard in Brittany, France, with the café associatif Le Pisse Mémé. I got home at 02.00 so I suppose that was a success?
HRH Queen Elizabeth when visiting Cordes sur Ciel was served wine chosen from the domain de la Chanade. Story on my other blog, and Facebook page
The warmest day in the Tarn for a week.
Watching the weather forecasts for ‘canoe surgery’, and making very sure we had all the materials and tool we needed, I had all the preparation ready for this day.
Following a deliberately late breakfast Hervé and I ‘blitzkrieged’ his 5 m kayak.
The first task was to ‘glass in’ the hanging knees we had fitted.