Bonjour! Stage17 saw the second day in the Pyrenees. Another hard stage with great climbs and descents. The race lead passed through several hands over the course of the stage, including a great spell by Kiriyenka of team Sky. Romain Bardet handled the descents with alarming grace but the win came again for Rafal Majka, King of the Mountains. Yellow jersey … Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 17 – Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet
The winter in Britain this year has been exceptional, one of the worst in recent memory. This week we've seen farmers desperately trying to rescue their sheep and cattle, buried deep in snow drifting over the hedges where they sought shelter. Where the sun breaks through there is a slow thaw, but in the hedgerows … Continue reading Snow into Spring
This week the weather steadied - snow bedded deep and days were cold. The whiteness is wearing and we're all tired. I ventured out to meet my friend Sheila who was painting nearby, but mostly continued work in the garden. Along with my usual pen and watercolour, I changed to oil paint on board for … Continue reading January blues
Following on from last week, the winter has begun to bite deep into the countryside. We've had days of hard frosts and now today, the snow is falling. It was too cold to hang the washing out, so instead, I festooned our garden trees with food for the birds. Colour arrived in the form of … Continue reading Winter white?
Winter has arrived in middle England - it's been cold and foggy, with the exception of one day when the sun came out. I hung washing on the line and couldn't resist setting up outside to draw. It was wonderful to be outside in the fresh air. The rest of the week has been cold … Continue reading Beautiful, cold January