Nigel's Blog

Rev. David McKeeman,’ A Man Well Met’

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It is with deep regret that I advise that David has recently passed away. A good and trusted friend of our community and one of a group of four including Colin Simmonds, John Westwood and myself who were jointly responsible for the poppy installation at Stoke Lacy church. A Memorial Service will be held at 11.30 am on 3rd. December in Stoke Lacy Church.

Burwarton Show visit

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Hi  folks.

Daphne and I visited the Burwarton Show for the first time last week. It is the quintessential English country show and we were both delighted with the range of stalls, stands and showring activities. A must not to be missed on our calender next year.

Stoke Lacy Church Poppy Installation

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Hello all,

as you may know I am very active with the Royal British Legion making brooches and stem poppies in ceramic clay. As this is a very special year marking the end of hostilities in the Great War our village of Stoke Lacy and our local church wished  to mark the event. A cascade of poppies streaming down our church tower was the chosen theme together with the soldier and child stand that I had made earlier.

As this involved making 100s of poppies and masses of making time we had to ‘streamline’ things a little and we have made the poppies out if red crafting card and used buttons and wire to assemble them. Finally we dipped each poppy in exterior grade PVA glue to make them strong and weatherproof. Many members of our little village took part in the making of these -a truly local enterprise.

I worked with John Westwood, a skilled local retired woodworker to make the framework to which we attached a lightweight mesh. It was then ‘all hands to the pump’ to wire each poppy in place. We also fixed some to canes that can be pushed in the ground around the display. We all agreed that the finished display looks great and are looking forward to erecting this in early September.

Colin Simmonds, a local artist is making a dove which will hover at the top of this installation. What has been very pleasing is the involvement of so many villagers to achieve the finished work.

Is this really spring!!

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Hi everyone, looking out of my office window and the SUN IS SHINING! Doesn’t it make us all feel better?

Bad news, had a break-in at my workshop here. They stole my strimmers, chain saws, leaf blower and other tools but left the mowers and stuff they could not easily carry. they then went to two neighbouring properties. Police have been brilliant and supplied me Smart Water, stickers and a temporary burglar alarm until I have my all singing and dancing system fitted later this month. This new system will be coupled to my house alarm system so I should sleep better! The insurance company have been great and told me to renew any items as I require. (well done NFU) .

So now to happier things. Daphne has been hard at work packing and delivering poppies. Hereford Cathedral have been lucky enough to have the mobile Tower of London poppy display this month and it looks dramatic. A florist called Sarah Jane, close by the Cathedral put a display of our poppies in her window and has sold more poppies for us than during the whole of the 2018 campaign. Well done Sarah. Thanks also to Cobblers in Hereford who have been selling brooch and stem poppies for us. These people take no commision on their sales. We are all grateful for their efforts.

I also wish to thank a young lady called Rebecca Stevens who owns the business that supplied the petal cutters for the project and has refused payment. She makes a range of sugarcraft or claycraft cutters and also makes to individual requirements. Great girl. Her e.mail address is… thecraftycutterlady@yahoo.com

Preparing for our annual Lodon Valley Art exhibition here with some new artists exhibiting with us. We would love to see you here. Come and sample  homemade cakes, maybe have a turn on the Potters Wheel, (children or older love it) view David Prestons superb garden sculpture and see the work of some very talented artists.

I promised Daphne garden time this afternoon so its out with mowers and strimmers for me and follow her instructions!!

One final thing. I have spent rather a lot of time making this montage of a WW1 soldier emerging from the battlefield being gifted a poppy by a grateful modern day child. It is free standing and made of external quality ply so that it can be moved around to various locations. I do hope the sentiment works. This is the first airing of the work.

Thanks for viewing, I will blog again soon. Keep well and happy,   Nigel and Daphne.

A New Year in my studio.

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Hello all. I have been thinking long and hard about where I am going with my art. I love painting and would hope to be working for years to come. However I am amassing a lot of completed work. I actively sell at local galleries, exhibitions, Hereford Art Week and others. Whilst I am very happy with local sales I must extend my range of cover. Hence I am looking at social media and online galleries. Its a jungle out there and I am in danger of getting lost.

‘THE OLD RED BARN’
Watercolour Mounted size 14″ x 11″ Image size 10″ x 7″
£65.00 + post.
Contact me for more info.

Moonlight Symphony ref A2
Watercolour. Mount 18 x 14″
Image size 10″ x 14″
£90.00 + post.
Contact me for more info.

‘SILENT WATERS’ Ref A1
Watercolour
Mount size 8″ x 10″
Image size 7″ x 5″
£30.00 + post
Please contact me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I have just started using  Affordable British Art, an online site which looks promising, plus Etsy, Ebay, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Lots more about these in the future. Please have a look. I am posting a few new pictures for you.

‘YOUNG ORANG-UTAN A24
Oil painting framed in attractive neutral grey frame.
9″ x 11″
£110.00 + post.
Please contact me

Spring is on the way!

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     Little Egret

Moonlight Symphony

Still Water

Hi all!

A bit of excitement at Stoke House the other day . I was cutting back some fruit trees in the orchard when a large heron-like bird flew in and landed not very far from me. It was pure white and looked just like a heron. On checking on the internet it was either a great (very rare) or common egret which is still unusual in our area. My neighbour Peter is quite an authority on wildlife in general and he came and took the adjacent photo. Unfortunately not a great egret. Nearly but not quite a Bill Oddie moment!

I have had to cut back the apple trees in the orchard by around 1.5mtrs. Each year when I pruned I seemed to have to go up another step. Ran out of steps this year so out with the pruning saws!!

Been very active in the pottery this winter preparing for the end of The Great War ceremonies  this year. Pic shows another batch for the kiln.

New Year Oil Paintings

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Hi again. I am  nearly sorted with WordPress so this should be better viewing for you.  Two pictures, a woodland scene which requires more work yet and the old mill at the bottom of my paddock. A very happy New Year to you all.

Oil on canvas. 27″ x 19″ Spring at Woodlands.

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“The Old Mill Stoke Lacy” Oil. 10″ x 14″