Sunday, 3 July 2016

Great Art

Whilst in Austria I popped into the village church in Scheffau, in the Tyrol. Leaving aside the religious aspects for one moment, for my non-Christian friends, I'd like you to see the great artwork in church of such a small village (population 1400).

Part of the Ceiling

Altar Window

Organ Loft

Outside was a small cemetery with the strangest of paintings which seemed vaguely Pagan.  

All this in a village church!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

in nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti

Scheffau - Tyrol - Austria

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music

We went to Soll today - in the Tyrol, Austria.
Lovely country and wonderful people.

We are staying a few miles away in Blaiken

Pension Blaiken

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Just dropped in my mail box:

"It is with deep regret that I have to report the death of Sqn Ldr Butch Hamer aged 92."

We used to night stop at El Adam in Libya; as we drove past the Ops Building we used to laugh, because they had never repaired the holes in its walls that Butch had put there in World War 2 when he strafed the German Luftwaffe based there, from his Spitfire.

We got into trouble when we did a 'beat-up' of 'Windy' Wellington in New Zealand ... Butch puffing smoke everywhere from his pipe ... they took a photograph from the control tower, looking DOWN on us, as Butch raised a wingtip to miss a Landrover.... in a Comet 4c!!!!! 

The kiwis loved it ... our bosses didn't when they received a copy of a Wellington newspaper, with us on the front page

He did the low-level flights to see if it was worth building the Nimrod Maritime Rece aircraft (which it was and based it on the Comet). They found seaweed on the pitot-heads which protrude 12 inches below the aircraft.

Comet 4c of 216 Squadron, RAF (1972)

Passing of a legend ... and a good 'playmate' ... the angels will being flying in a new formation today!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Still hanging on!

Not doing any art at the moment. I'm either building my boat - a wooden 16 foot Maine Lobster boat - or editing books.

I was commissioned to edit a book (a second edition medical work) and it went on from there - it's almost a full time job at the moment; I even have a waiting list. 

I inhabit a strange world at times :), never time to grow bored.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Between us, Pat and I, have captured the market in illness - including spells in hospital. 


No artwork to put up, but as I have the conceit to be writing my (auto)biography, I thought I might include here a newspaper clipping from the period where my art started in earnest in 1981.

Friday, 29 January 2016


I don't do 'ill' ... alas a virus snuck up and I was struck down with bronchitis ... but all is not lost...

... for today Pat cooked her 'Jewish Mother's Soup' .... 

....this isn't just ANY soup ... this is the sort of soup that cures bronchitis whilst, mending the puncture in your tyre, winning Nobel Prizes, stopping Syrian Crisis, calming Storms, bringing peace in our time. The second bowl was even better! 

Tomorrow will bring 'second day' soup.... the black holes in space are cringing