Friday 12. 06. 15 Took the train from Oslo to Flam today – the world’s steepest railway. Rose right up into Tundra-like country with very little vegetation but with glacier carved valleys and fast running streams. Quite spectacular. 

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Train trouble

Thursday 11. 06. 15 Another exciting day on the trains. Took the 8am train from Stockholm to Oslo. After 2 hours travelling through a Muskoka like landscape they announced that there was a power problem. We all got out and eventually boarded buses and continued our journey for another hour and a half when we stopped at Karlstad and boarded another train for a couple of hours before another announcement. We descended again and were told to wAit for a bus to Oslo. One bus arrived and the rest of us were told to board yet another train. We finally arrived at our destination at 5.30pm not 1.45pm as scheduled!! A busy and frustrating day, however, we are now checked and are going out for dinner and a drink!!! 

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Re berth

Wednesday 10. 06. 15 Started the day at the Vasa museum which was built around a ship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. It was salvaged in the early 60s and is the only completely preserved 17th century ship in the world. Brilliant! We then continued by tram to Waldemarsudde to see Prince Eugen’s house and collection and an expo of Emile Nolde. After lunch went to the medieval museum of Stockholm and an interesting boat tour of the harbour.

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Tuesday 09. 06. 15 Arrived here last night by train from Copenhagen. Spent the day wandering around town. The Moderna Museet was excellent – good permanent collection and interesting expo by Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari entitled Unfolding.

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Monday 08. 06. 15 Have just spent 3 days in Copenhagen. Highlights were National Museum and art gallery at Louisiana. Currently en route to Stockholm by train.

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Coloured pencils

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Monday 25. 05. 15 I have been experimenting with coloured pencils today and am wondering about trying this en plein air.

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Old books and canoes



Saturday 12. 05. 15 I made this for Maddy and David as a gift for their “Jardinade” today. The image is based on Arthur Heming’s well-known painting – the bottle is Maple syrup not Rye whisky which is hard to find here!! The other image is the “box” for Laurie’s poems which is in fact The Virginians by Thackeray which I converted for the poems.

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Florida poems


Saturday 16. 05. 15 I have been working on a unique edition of Laurie’s poems.

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Boules encore



Friday 08. 05. 15 Finally got back to this one after about 5 months!




Wednesday 06. 05.15 Had to go to Meze the afternoon to get some sand for a project that I am working on. The beach was as beautiful as always.

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