Golfe Juan boat

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Walking along the port, we noticed this charming old fashioned boat nested in a forest of masts in the background.

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“QUEL CIRQUE”exhibition in Valbonne

quel cirque29 January – 14 February 10.30am – 6.30pm
Official opening Saturday 30th January at 12noon.
Open every day except Mondays from 10.30am- 6.30pm
The HANGAR Exhibition ‘Quel Cirque’ takes place in the Salle St Esprit in Valbonne (next to the church). With sculptures, paintings in oil, acrylics, watercolours, drawings, and handmade prints from Hangar members Setup as a circus – A must-see!

Lisbon

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I received yesterday a beautiful postcard from my goddaughter who was on holiday there.

I was struck by the geometry and the repetition of shapes and colours of the cityscape. Inspired by this visual play, I decided to do a sketch which would put the emphasis on that rythm not being too fussed about accuracy.

Ballet dancing at the Paris Opera

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I went to the Paris Opera a few years ago to  have the pleasure of watching my niece dancing as a member of the corps de ballet. It is always with pride that I think of her and her achievements. You have to be super fit all the time to be a ballet dancer at that top level. It is such hard work but to be travelling the world and be part of something so prestigious must be very rewarding.

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I dedicate these ballets shoes to my lovely niece to show  how proud of her I am.

Jane Austen’s library

Chawton Library1.jpgNext to  Chawton’s church you find the library where the  Knight Collection was put together over generations, and books in this collection date from the early 1500s. The majority of the collection dates from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

At one time, this collection was owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward, who was adopted into the Knight family, and as such it was a library known to and used by Jane Austen herself.

Jane Austen’s county

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This is the Church in Hampshire (UK) where the famous writer Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) used to attend. It is in a small village called Chawton just outside the main market town of Alton. I walked there in December and the weather was just brightening up and managed to get some shadows.

Her Mum and sister are buried  just behind the Church.