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Hints of Spring, and touches of France in my Mum’s garden. Japanese Peony roots added to pots in the Studio garden. The small purple Iris planting in the patio pots. Between the storms, sunrise runs while the full moon shines across the water. My radical haircut making no noticeable difference! Birthday challenge. Co-ordinates to an undisclosed location that had Google Maps flummoxed. Fortunately, the case

Painting of Central Park received a ‘Special Recognition Award’ for Outstanding Art at the 11th Annual International Open Exhibition. Selected from 879 entries. Managed to bruise my bum falling over my feet. Seriously painful. Made for an interesting right-side, left-side dilemma between COVID jab tenderness, bum and my still unhappy shoulder. Terry did a delicious Dog Mom’s, post Covid isolation lunch. Starter: chèvre wrapped

Oil on canvas, Line Art, painting with my finger painting technique challenging. My latest interpretation using my fingers to form ridges of white paint, creating lines on a white background. Light, the only differentiating factor. Stunning days after the storms, made for picnic’s, braai’s, beach walks, trail runs, forest rides and Border Collie mayhem. Fires at night to push back the winter chill monsters

Fly Fisherman Oil on canvas 20cmx30cm I used a light application of translucent Raw Sienna (Winsor&Newton) to add depth to the water, before adding the light ripples to complete the painting. Rillettes de Canard. Delicious. Served with Steenberg MCC, and Pinot Noir. Perfect. Rillettes (Ree-Etts) in which seasoned cooked meat, or fish, is shredded and combined with fat into a soft pate. Served at room temperature, spread

‘Archer’, a companion painting to ‘Fly Fisherman’. I used the same Naples Yellow underpainting and the grey mixture of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna. However, the painting approach and feel for the painting is very different. Beach walk on a stunning, sun-filled day. J9 for Coreta’s Marsala braaied chops, served with a touch of boerie, curried cauliflower, creamed spinach and oodles of green salad. After

My recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas artwork ‘Rhenosterveld’ can be viewed at the ‘Coming Home’ exhibition at the Imibala Gallery in Graaff-Reinet. Clear and cold after the storms for my run up Welbedacht hill. I certainly need calf compression socks to ease into the cooler weather. The wonder of a fire, with baked Brie in its ceramic container, before slow roasted lamb, served

J9 afternoon. Salmon, crunchy Asian salad, fried capers and crustless tomato tart. Fabulous wines, with the Delair Graff Cab Franc Rose in the sunshine, special. Although, the last touch of Raats Cab Franc was deliciousness. My portrait painting. Agonizing. Proportions not working. The idea of the painting. In my head. Bogged down. In detail. Rather than fluid strokes of, perhaps. Different. Endless possibilities.

Great exhibition ‘United Emergence’ by the Knysna Arts Society for Freedom Day. A good selection of art, across a diverse spectrum. Beach walk (dog play) on a wind free morning. Courgette bilinis topped with cream cheese and sweet peppers. Grilled chicken breast, anchovy dressing Caesar salad with hot smoked salmon. The Peter Goff Wood’s recipe for chicken and leak pie filling sensational. A small artwork

Last of the 800 recycled plastic water bottle butterflies cut out and painted for the large ‘Lotus’ painting. A few concerns about the muddle of what butterfly goes where, amongst the 32 rows and 25 butterflies in each row. Underpainting of the canvas started. Testing greenish, grayish, blueish sections to see if any work better than white. Fabulous time on Buffs beach at sundown

‘White-on-White’ Acrylic and recycled plastic water bottle butterflies on canvas chosen for the digital collection on the pandemic. COVID-19 DIARIES GARDEN ROUTE GEORGE MUSEUM Captivating COVID -19 Art. From the kitchen of Chef Hirsch. Zucchini cannelloni with cashew nuts on a Pomodoro base. Basil and sunflower seed pesto. Delicious. Oak Vally, Sounds of Silence, Pinot Noir. Perfect. Glorious afternoon for a sundowner boat trip with Pete