After a week of cloud, rain and miserable weather, my young
friend and I decided to visit Clivedon on Sunday afternoon. However when we got
there it seemed the whole population of England had had the same idea.
Absolutely full. So we threaded our way through fields of parked cars to the
exit and drove on to Runnymede – the site of King John sealing the Magna Carta
in 1215. There in comparative tranquillity we walked along by the river for an hour or so. And for the first time my
young friend appears on my blog. Here we are:
Elongated in the late afternoon sunlight are our shadows. The willow tree is just beginning to bud so
maybe spring has nearly sprung.
As we walked back to the car the shadows lengthened and the
river shone like diamonds.
For the past couple of weeks. Louisa, my niece,
has been coordinating the plans for a surprise party to celebrate her mother’s
75th birthday. It’s not often we can arrange for all the family to
be together at the same time. But on Saturday all twenty-one of us made our way
to Louisa and Guy’s home in Marlow. Here’s Louisa and her daughter Kate
A few of Val’s best friends were there
as well, and by a bit of clever subterfuge, granddaughter Becky, arranged to
drive Val to Marlow on the understanding that she and Louisa would be taking
her out for a posh lunch. The secret was well-kept as Val was completely
surprised. Here she is as the door was opened to reveal the waiting throng.
Everyone contributed with all sorts of food, and the whole
day was a great success. The cake:
And the family in the garden, followed by a few random
Little Kate demonstrated her Power-Point presentation on the
subject of “My Great Uncle Bill – the Artist”. I was mightily impressed. She
will be giving the presentation to the entire school next week. (Also flattered
because I believe I just pipped her kitten, Muppet, as the subject! of her
The proofs for my painting ‘When the Queen came to Henley’
arrived the other day. Just a small tweak needed and I should be receiving the
final limited edition prints next week. Quite a few people have expressed an
interest in buying a copy - especially those depicted in the painting on their
boats. Now I’m hard at work on another
‘river’ painting. This one includes the Queen so I’ll keep the image
confidential until May when I plan to finish it.
The final stages of Max’s sculpture head are underway. Here
he is last Friday, covered with a couple of heavy coats of thixotropic rubber.