Author Archives: Morag Watkins

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Spring

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We all thought spring had sprung and it has but you might have been forgiven for wondering this weekend. Last Friday the temperature here was 26º and this weekend it is 6º!  However the warmth of last week has brought all the spring flowers out. This is my favourite narcissus, variety unknown as we inherited it. It smells lovely too.

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Wales

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Gosh I am behind! I had a lovely week in Wales with a group of people who were on a landscape photography tour. We stayed in a wonderful converted chapel near Llanberis. It is in the Snowdonia National Park and is in slate country. I was the cook so it was my job to keep everyone well fed and to produce meals at the right time. As ever I enjoyed meeting new people and learned a little more about photography. My purpose in taking pictures is to us them as reference material for paintings. Having spent years using pastels I am trying out acrylics with varying success. I will post a painting when I have one I think is finished.

Today on the radio we talked though a Christmas list of beautiful books to give as gifts. It is difficult to choose as there are so many I could have filled a three hour slot by myself!

 

Australia

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Those of you who follow this blog will realise that I have a son, daughter in law and two little grandchildren in Melbourne Australia. Those of you who listen to the Nick Coffer show will know I got back from a visit on October 25th. It was so lovely to spend time with the children and so hard to leave but strangely nice to get home. The flights are just interminable but a good time for getting stuck into a good book. Weather in Melbourne in Spring is much like here in spring but warmer. This little fellow was in the Wildlife Sanctuary in Healesville. We had a great day there.

Off to Wales tomorrow to cook for a landscape photography course for a week. Good fun  and in a lovely part of the UK.

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Rickmansworth Art Society

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I mention because I have recently joined this organisation.

We have an exhibition coming up on May 13th at Basing House in Rickmansworth. I expect to have a painting in this exhibition. I am very much an amateur artist and there are some very talented artists in this group. If you are in Rickmansworth on that Sunday pop in and take a look. Entry is free.

http://rickyart.co.uk/

One of the members, Andrew Schofield, has an exhibition at Chenies Manor in May, from this Bank Holiday Monday onwards.

http://www.animalisticart.co.uk/

is Andrews website.

Latest radio broadcast

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On a bright sunny day I drove across Dunstable Downs to the BBC Three Counties Radio station in Dunstable. As usual shortly after 1pm I joined Nick Coffer in the studio and we discussed the books I had chosen for today. I seldom have a them but occasionally one emerges and today it was definitely books set abroad. Of the novels, three were set in America, two of them historical and one between London and Brazil. I also recommended a couple of books that would make non fattening Mothers Day presents – The Collins Complete Book of British Birds  and Dreamweaver, an adult colouring book by Olivia Whitworth. It is always enjoyable, nothing is more fun than talking about books!

You can hear the programme here .  I start 78 minutes into the show.

So now the best part of my month is here – what to read next? I will have a look through my proofs and see what I have on Netgalley and probably check what the book groups are reading and go from there.

The Antipodes

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Just returned from a great trip half way around the world and back. We started in San Francisco where we attended my niece’s wedding in a lovely redwood forest.

Then we flew to Auckland where we spent a week walking on the Coromandel Peninsula with my brother. This was joyous on many counts: the scenery is just glorious – quite one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, the weather was perfect – warm and sunny but not too hot to walk, and we spent the time with my brother who lives in Turkey and who therefore we don’t see often.img_7598
From Auckland to Melbourne where we were met by No 1 son and our lovely 2 year old granddaughter. We then spent 3 weeks being hands on grandparents to her and her very newly hatched baby brother and we loved it! Grampy did lots of DIY and we both read lots of stories, even changing nappies was ok. Leaving them there and coming home to the dark foggy Uk was a great wrench.

We saw the World Dinghy championships in St Kilda and I saw penguins for the first time ever. That has been an ambition of mine for a long time. _mg_8213