PAINTING IN FRANCE

PAINTING IN FRANCE

I’ve just had a fabulous week painting in France – blessed with beautiful weather until the very last day when a much-needed downpour arrived – the commune next door had actually run out of water. I was staying in the Creuse valley near Crozant – a stunningly...

SUNSHINE BUT NO ELEPHANTS YET

Well I’ve made it – with a few misadventures on the way – all of which have righted themselves (forgetting my adaptor – cause of major anxiety as its loss would put the blocks on my working – but they’ve found me one), forgetting my iphone lead (turns out it was in my...

IT’S BEEN A WHILE…

I can’t believe my last blog entry was in July! – well, I’ve emerged at last from my voluntary purdah. I’ve been putting the time to good use though – running off to the Isles of Scilly to paint and recharge my batteries, embarking on a...

INDIAN IMMERSION DOWN IN DEVON

I just broke through the fifty thousand word barrier on my new book Kurinji Flowers. Being here in Devon in the pouring rain is a great incentive to getting the words down. And even in the Devonian deluge, a good tramp down the country lanes always helps get the...

POISONOUS FLOWERS, INDIAN GODS AND A BIT OF HISTORY

I was writing today about the Angels’ Trumpet flowers that I saw everywhere around Munnar and Periyar. Ginny my character was painting them and I thought I’d better check I’d got the name right. Turns out they’re highly toxic… so you...

ELEPHANTS AND CONTRACEPTIVES

I’ve just written about something that actually happened to me. About 5 years ago I went to India for the first time and was driven at night from the airport at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu to my destination, a yoga retreat near Coonoor. The journey was a bit of a...

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