Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The standard of work this year however is very high. One painter who blew me away is former graphic designer Jörg Hermle, a Berliner who has a house in the Lot. I was immediately drawn to his work with it's strong design and colour. The imagery is playful yet very powerful and disturbing. Not only am I planning to go back, I am even considering buying one of his watercolour and gouache paintings.
To see more of his work, click here.
This morning I had to be tested, measured...and weighed. I was horrified to find out that I had gained another kilo since the beginning of the program! This bunny needs to do something drastic about the tummy situation. The good life over here is getting out of control! Ok blog. You gotta help me out here. Rabbit diets consist of lettuce and carrots after all, not le pain et le vin. So, expect weekly progress reports...
To see more work by Gillian Goldbing, an English artist who summers in Marcilhac-sur- Célé, visit gilliangolding.co.uk.
Monday, June 28, 2010
It must have been 50 degrees, so I loaded Thabo into the car and set out for the river. Our usual spot was inundated by more sweltering kids and their families seeking relief from the heat. Thabo goes absolutely manic near water, driving everyone nuts with his barking, so we had to leave. But on the way home, I spotted a rough track through a field and followed it to find the perfect spot for us to swim and either read The New Yorker (me) or gamble in the field (Thabo). 2CV's are fabulous for venturing off the beaten track.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I totally scored! Came home with a hand embroidered linen tablecloth, wooden salad servers, an old pewter tea service, a colourful painting of tulips, a lovingly mended Quimper plate, two old Provençal pots and a dozen white dinner plates after selling and swapping a couple of children's books and rooster prints.
After we packed up our loot, our hostess biblically produced enough humous, aperitifs, green salad, tomato/lentils, cold pork, cheese and desserts to feed over a hundred people.
A rising full moon completed the magical evening.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Early the next morning, the bespectacled and harried husband was sent over to demand the return of their deposit. No one had slept a wink! Mother and child had come down with asthma and eczema and needed immediate medical attention!
Their arrival and departure have subsequently been the source of great local merriment, with "asthma and eczema" coming into almost every conversation. Perhaps these downunder suburbanites will provide fodder for the next volume in my Monsieur Monmouton series...
Saturday, June 19, 2010
These photographs were lifted from Karen Lynn Willams's blog. Her co-author, Khadra Mohammed, took My Name Is Sangoel (which I illustrated) on her visit to refugee camps in Yemen. Here is what she wrote in the email with the images:
This little boy is 10 years old. His mom drowned when the boat they were smuggled in capsized. He is an orphan and UNHCR is caring for him under their unaccompanied minors program, his big smile melted my heart. His name is Hussain my new friend in the camp. He has been in the camp only for 6 months! He loves his book.
Monday, June 07, 2010
"Thought the attached photo would be of interest - an interloper from Botswana, we think, who was attracted to our lions by their calls. He's now hanging about OUTSIDE our garden fence, near the lion enclosure, and has been here for 4 or 5 days. Slightly disconcerting, as he is quite wild! Digby captured him on a motion triggered camera last night, sniffing pieces of meat we put out for it. He was obviously spooked by the flash, as he didn't eat any, but went back to the other end of the enclosure and spent the night there. Woke to dogs barking last night and the sound of border jumpers wading through the river. Not exactly a welcoming party on our side, is it!"
Saturday, June 05, 2010
My Monday night life drawing class opened our annual show last night. There were bottles of chilled rosé, hunks of cheese, quiches and tarts, and for those who stayed on past twilight, boeuf Bourgignon, salad and chocolate/banana/walnut cake.
Christian Leguay not only brought along his accordion but three musicians he plays traditional music with.
This is the second time the weather has blessed us with a balmy evening- the first summery one of year.
Thanks to Caroline Simon for emailing these shots.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
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