Windmills

Friday 19. 04. 19 I did this painting of the windmills at the Zaanse Schans for Julia as a souvenir of our bike ride through the tulips. The main windmill was used to grind pigments for paint.

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Irises

Wednesday 17. 04. 19 I was given a couple of irises by Gisèle on Sunday and a couple by George and Laurene on Monday.

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Les Baux

 

Tuesday 16. 04. 19 Patricia and I went to Les Baux today to see the new expo at the Carrières Luminaires, however we had forgotten that it was the Easter school holidays. When we arrived there was a long queue so we thought that we would have a walk around the old town and have a café and then come back later. On our return the queue was even longer so we cut our losses and drove to Aigues Mortes where we had lunch of fish and chips of all things in a Franco-Italian restaurant! Delicious! We then had a leisurely walk around town before driving home. We hope to get back to the expo in a few weeks time when there should be less crowds.

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Berlin

 

Thursday 11. 04. 19  We took the train from Amsterdam and travelled across Germany to Berlin last Friday after our bike ride. Checked into our very spacious apartment hotel in the Mitte district of Berlin and bought food at a the nearest supermarket which happened to be Bio. Spent the next 4 days wandering around. Saw an interesting expo at the Bohran museum on the Bauhaus from William Morris to Gropius, went around the Hamburger Bahnhof gallery of modern art which was enormous in an old station and factory, saw the wall and a concentration camp memorial and generally wandered around. Decided Berlin is a city that we both liked and will revisit.It is very easy to get around via bus, streetcar or subway. Got back home yesterday evening.

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Amsterdam and tulips

Friday 05. 04. 19 Met Julia in Amsterdam and spent the weekend there. Went to a superb Hockney/Van Gogh expo at the Van Gogh Museum – one of the best expos that I have ever seen and also a Rembrandt exhibition which was unfortunately marred by crowds. On Monday we went on our ride through the tulip fields around Amsterdam for 5 days. What a week! It was fun, interesting and even healthy! Met some interesting people – three ladies – Amanda, Caroline and Sarah really made our trip special.

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London

Wednesday 20. 03. 19 Just got back from a busy 4 days in London. Besides seeing the Bonnard show at the Tate, I also saw the excellent Sorolla show at the National Gallery and a Rembrandt show at the British Museum. The highlight was probably the Doreen Fletcher show at the Nunnery gallery in Bow. Her paintings of the vanishing architecture of the East End of London in the 60s were wonderful altho the Sorolla paintings of children playing on the beach were also pretty great too! 

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Journée des droits des femmes

Friday 08. 03. 19 Went to my Franglais class this morning and gave each of the ladies there one of these cards to celebrate International Women’s Day. In the evening went to the Alain Resnais cinema and saw Catherine Deneuve in La Dernière Folie de Claire Darling an excellent French film en français.

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More tulips

Thursday 07. 03. 19 Did this pencil drawing the other day while waiting for monoprints to dry. Today went into Montpellier and saw and interesting show by Alexander Hollan at Musée Fabre of trees and a photo show by Andy Summers of The Police which took me back to another era.

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New decor

 

Monday 04. 03. 19 Decided it was time to change the chalk drawing in my bedroom! 

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But it’s still February!

 

Tuesday 28. 02. 19 Drove to Meze today with Patricia for lunch at L’Oscarine, an excellent  restaurant right on the seashore. It was warm enough to sit there in our Tshirts! Afterwards we had a stroll along the étang and spoke to some fishermen who were collecting sea urchins.

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