last bit of 2016 & first part of 2017

The Whitchurch Waterways Trust will hold its annual Boat Rally on the 2nd & 3rd of September 2017 and I will be having an arts and crafts stall for the whole weekend.


I will be showing scenic representations in various media, including engraved stained glass which people can commission from. Also there will be series of ACEO (Artists Cards Editions & Originals) by myself and members of a local art group run by local artist Bob Charlesworth.

These will also depict local scenes, specifically on and close to the Whitchurch Arm. ACEO are 2.5″ x 3.5″ and are a development from Artist Trading Cards. They can be in any media but usually watercolour, acrylic or oils.

I am busy producing other items – decorated varnished boxes, papier mache artifacts, handmade notebooks and small crystals on decorated silver chain which are popular with narrowboaters. I will also make some of my special marmalade. I am hoping friends will donate surplus produce from their allotments too.

I’ve been reading more lately – ‘Religion for Atheists’ by Alain de Botton and ‘A Book of Silence’ by Sara Maitland coincided with my attending a few Buddhist meditation classes again. Every so often I need something to slow the cogs of a monkey mind. I have been able to resume yoga now I’ve recovered from surgery last June and that has been wonderful. I attend Hatha Yoga classes by Paula Smith and think she’s the best teacher I’ve had in over 30 years.