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A bumpy ride........

Hi everyone. Well, what a year so far but now with hope for the future!

During Covid I have spent much more time in my studio and the first 2 pictures are part of my efforts to stay sane. We had snow recently so there I am clearing a path to the studio.

The first painting of a forest clearing was going to be an oil painting, 22" x 15",but due to the cold weather my oil paints have been slow to dry so I completed this one using acrylic paint. The second painting is a view down my field overlooking the River Lodon. It looked so beautiful with the sun shimmering on the fresh snow I just had to paint it. This is an oil painting 11" x 15".

To try and keep reasonably fit Daphne and I have been walking quite a lot. The third picture is one Daphne took on a walk on the lane towards Little Cowarne. What beautiful countryside we have. This is looking down on Stoke Lacy with the church on the right, the Old Rectory where the first Morgan motor car was conceived is in the middle, the Old Mill is just left of middle in the foreground and my home is the white house on the left.

The fifth picture reminds me of happier days when, because of bridge repairs closing our road the residents got together and we all had a street party, many neighbours supplying loads of eats and the Wye Valley Brewery kindly supplying the liquids! It was a very happy occasion.

The last picture marks a very sad annoucement. The happy, smiling guy next to Daphne is John Westwood who has very sadly passed away. John was one of my closest friends and was much loved by our little community. I and all of us here will miss him very much. He was a very good carpenter and one of the most cheerful guys you could wish to meet. He is here with other friends helping make the poppy tribute.

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