Work in progress…..

With the weather being so cold damp at the moment it’s not too difficult to opt for staying indoors (where it’s temptingly snug and warm), rather than brave the elements and tackle jobs in the garden! So, between working on some humorous drawings for a book I’ve been commissioned to illustrate, in the peace and solitude with only ITunes for company, I’m managing to fit in some painting time too. I began this still life in oils yesterday afternoon:


I had a few more hours of working on it today and by the time the light faded, it had progressed to this:


All being well, I’ll finish it tomorrow – then it’ll be back to the drawing board for me!


“When are you next passing Crete?”

If, like me, you’ve spotted these words in a classified ad. at the back of a  glossy home-decorating magazine……. and if like me you became inspired by the accompanying tantalizing images of the over-large pots, or ‘pithoi’, offered for sale, you will understand my long-held desire to one day fill my own mediterranean terraces with such fine examples of grecian pottery.

Well, Crete passed by me today, in the form of a heavily laden van and a couple of ‘likely lads’, from the mainland, touting their wares through a loud megaphone. It resonated up and down the valley below and simply couldn’t be ignored.

I could barely contain my excitement but, remembering my bartering techniques acquired on a recent trip to Morocco –  I felt confident I would and could remain firmly in control!

After much head shaking, ‘tut-tutting’, tooth sucking, wild gesticulating, walking away with a convincing lack of enthusiasm (or so I believed anyway!) and, most important of all, my pleading of poverty (which at this stage of the build is not entirely untrue!) a deal was eventually struck, a bargain made (I think!) and an agreement reached, that suited all concerned.


The fact that I’m now the proud owner of far more large pots than I’d allowed for and that, along with all the palm trees that somehow managed to get included in the ‘final price’, there’s every possibility that the villa looks as though it belongs in Agadir rather than Skiathos, is neither here or there!

But, I have to say, they do look absolutely fabulous sited all around the new pool……


…….. and if that means I’m back on the bread and water for the next couple of weeks – well, so be it! They’re worth every penny ….

….and there’s an added bonus; I can sleep well at night now, safe in the knowledge that a very large family of ‘poor, starving children’, an ‘ailing, long-suffering, mother’ and ‘soon-to-be-departed grandmother’, somewhere on the mainland, will all be going to bed with full bellies tonight – and, more than likely, for several months yet to come!

(Ever felt you’ve been had?)