Some pieces of the beach taken home for a still life

beach finds (2)

A line drawing exercise of some things I picked up on Sotogrande beach this last weekend, as a still life. Note to self – sea holly is SHARP! Also, a handful of sand taken home to add to the background ends up EVERYWHERE….’Twaz fun though 🙂


Remembrance Sunday poppies…


…especially for the expats in Jimena and Spain today, who will gather together to remember all those who have died in war….

Peace to you all.

‘Each year in November, the United Kingdom remembers the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. 11 November is known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. This year takes on added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.’  (quote from


The Liebster Award and Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

I have been nominated for blog awards before, and have always said thank you – and then done nothing about it.  So this morning, when the amazing and talented writer Bryan Hemming nominated ME I thought maybe it was time to get my act together and do something. So, I accept, thank you, Bryan…..If you have not visited Bryan’s blog I strongly suggest you get yourself over there asap.

I drew Frida Kahlo because she is an artist whose work AND life I totally admire, and last night I dreamed I WAS doing this drawing! How weird is that, I felt  I HAD to draw her today. We have the photo I worked from on the wall in our kitchen.

So here goes:

I have to answer 11 questions from Bryan *gulp*

Who has been your greatest inspiration in life?

John Bryant for his book ‘Fettered Kingdoms’. I went vegan after reading this.

Apart from yourself, who would you most like to be?

Iman (then I would be married to David Bowie. But, obviously, just to clarify when he reads this, I would rather be me and married to my man. Sorry to let you down, David 🙂 )

What world event changed the way you see things?

I didn’t want to say 9/11, as it´s so obvious, but actually I have never felt totally safe on a plane since then.

Which three personal items would you take on a trip to Mars?

My ipad (would there be wifi?), my scent (L’air de Rien by Millar Harris) and a good moisturiser, it might be a bit dry there 🙂

Not counting nuclear weapons, which invention would you put back into Pandoras’s box?


If you were to become a leader of a nation which would you choose, and for what single reason?

Syria. Let’s get it sorted out now.

If you could choose between being a scientist and a rock star, which would it be and why?

I would really like to be a scientist and understand physics, although when doing karaoke I AM a rock star, obviously 🙂

What would be the quality for which you would most like to be remembered?

I hope I am kind.

Which do you read mostly, fiction or non-fiction?

Mostly fiction.

Which animal  do you think you resemble most in character?

I always wanted to be a cat. I sometimes purr….

Into whose face would you most like to shove custard pie?

Anybody who wears FUR that they didn’t grow on their skin themselves.

My Nominations are:

Violet and Malus at Violet’s charming and beautiful sketches and Malus her gorgeous cat’s opinion of them.

Nancy Farmer’s ‘Cat of the day’ for her lovely sketches of Percy and Arthur, also check out her main blog for her other excellent art work, of which I am green with envy 🙂

Lottie Nevin’s The Rioja Diaries for her captivating and charming stories of life in Spain and her lovely artwork too.

Nikito because I simply LOVE his beautiful water colours of Spain, they totally inspire me

Andrea Stephenson’s Harvesting Hecate, for her wonderful writing and stories, photos and art – all with a touch of magic.

I WOULD have nominated Jo Freehand but Bryan already did so 😉

My Questions:

Why did you start blogging?

Coffee, tea or water?

If you could live in any other time than NOW, when would you choose to live?

What’s your biggest vice?

Favourite all time book?

When are you happiest?

Which country, other than the one you are currently living in, would you choose to live in and why?

What or who most inspires your creative work?

What painting or sculpture would you choose to own if you could have any?

What is your favourite piece of music?

Do you find accepting awards one of the hardest posts to write? (!)

Liebster Award Rules

The award rules are:

– Thank your nominator and post a link to his/her blog.
– Display the award on your blog.
– Answer the 11 questions provided by the nominator.
– Nominate 5-11 blogs which have less than 1000 followers, and let them know they’ve been nominated.
– Make up and post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
– Post these rules on your blog.