Tuesday, March 28, 2017


While we were away on holiday last week I sold 2 paintings off the affordable british art website. The one above " Acacia Sunset" is 5ft wide x 1ft deep... not very good for sending by courier as its very likely to get smashed in half en-route.. The last one this size I sold was going to France...so my ever patient hubby bought wood to make a box for it..It worked well but was expensive to do..£50 just for the wood!  So Bill suggested we deliver the paintings rather than risk sending them. After checking it out on line I was able to find 2 nights B+B in Weston Super Mare, which is nearby the destination of the paintings for about the same as it would cost me to send them so we are having a mini-break in Weston ! I always include a little pressie to say thanks to the purchasers, and you can see the difference in size of those  in the above photo.. The miniatures really do look tiny up against the Acacia Sunset!

Tranquil Evening is also going along to Shepton Mallet.. We are looking forward to meeting Ange on Thursday morning when we drop the paintings off... then we are off to Glastonbury for a meeting with Steven,, so killing 2 birds with one stone..
Then in June we will also be hand delivering 3 paintings--this time to Looe in Cornwall.  Also by coincidence to another Ange !!!  This Ange is a collector of my work, having bought and commissioned quite a few paintings off me in previous years,, We are on holiday in nearby Bude , and it made sense to take the paintings with us as again one of them if a big 3ft x 3ft and its always a bit nerve racking sending them via courier -no matter how well you pack them! It will also be lovely to meet with the lovely lady who has bought so much of my art work!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Holiday In Blackpool

We are back from a 5 night  holiday in Blackpool with our friends... huge big comfy bed ! Celebrating my 56th birthday and me and Bills 16th wedding anniversary... where has the time gone? The hotel was just a few yards from everywhere we wanted to be.. good job as my mobility was bloody crap to be honest..add to that side effects  from the new tablets,that were prescribed for the side effects of the steroids LOL....but never mind we still had a good time!

We had a visit to Madam Tussuad's.... Bill took a real shine to Hilda!!!

And a great night in Ma Kelly's...... THE place to go when in Blackpool.....always a good night in there!

Had a mix of weather-- some sunny spells and some showers...
and you don't need champagne flutes to enjoy champagne either LOL....

The Funny Girls were great--but it isn't the usual full show on a Tuesday so be warned if you intend going ...any other night but Tuesday..

Then on Wed night we had a taxi up to The Curry Queen at nearby Bishpham, we had been there once before--last year, and couldn't wait to go again... £10.95 for a 4 course meal...amazing value ,amazing food and amazing host in Kam.... we were laughing all night at his quips.. The lentil soup was lovely and another diner suggested we put a teaspoon of the hot sauce from the pickle tray into it... just beautiful..

Tandoori chicken was to die for...

The nan bread actually looks small on the photo, but nearly filled the table when it came out--never seen one so big before!!  The main courses were all very good too..no complaints from any of us..  We will def be back there again next time we are in Blackpool

As it was St Patricks day the day before we went to Blackpool , Ma Kelly's was covered in decorations everywhere.... and this little chap caught my eye hanging over the stage.. one of the bouncers who I had nicknamed Big Steve kindly fetched him for me! The Guinness hat was given  to me by one of the group of firemen who were in the bar.. it reminded me of my dear Dad who had a hat like it  on at my wedding reception 16 years before..happy times...