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Friday 24th December 2021Blog from the Edge - 19

Happy Christmas to all of our friends and family from myself and Alison - and a little news in her blog!



Merry Christmas from Madeira!

 

Paul and myself would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We are planning Christmas dinner right now. I think it will be prawn cocktail, followed by pork Wellington - turkey and sprouts nowhere in sight🤣.

 

The last year has been a challenge for a lot of us but one thing stands out - health is the key.

 

Where we are in the world at the moment is probably a lot safer than most places, for which we feel grateful and lucky.  We have had problems over the last six months but in the end they have all been overcome. Jose’s only English phrase resonates : ‘No problem, Mr Paul!’.

 

We are thinking of all our loved ones, friends and family over the seas, and we miss you all.  We look forward to 2022 for a lot more catch ups and visits back and forth as hopefully world travel gets back to ‘the norm’

 

Stay safe and well 💕. 

Posted on December 24th 2021 on 04:22pm
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Friday 24th December 2021Blog from the Edge - 19

Happy Christmas to all of our friends and family from myself and Alison - and a little news in her blog!



Merry Christmas from Madeira!

 

Paul and myself would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We are planning Christmas dinner right now. I think it will be prawn cocktail, followed by pork Wellington - turkey and sprouts nowhere in sight🤣.

 

The last year has been a challenge for a lot of us but one thing stands out - health is the key.

 

Where we are in the world at the moment is probably a lot safer than most places, for which we feel grateful and lucky.  We have had problems over the last six months but in the end they have all been overcome. Jose’s only English phrase resonates : ‘No problem, Mr Paul!’.

 

We are thinking of all our loved ones, friends and family over the seas, and we miss you all.  We look forward to 2022 for a lot more catch ups and visits back and forth as hopefully world travel gets back to ‘the norm’

 

Stay safe and well 💕. 

Posted on December 24th 2021 on 04:22pm
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Monday 09th August 2021Blog from the Edge, 6

Here’s Alison’s Blog from the Edge number 6, A Mixed Bag, as we start excavating the cave, progress work in the house, and await VIP guests.

 

 A Mixed Bag

 

It’s been a mixed bag this week on the weather front, with some gorgeous, very hot days full of sunshine and blue skies - and a couple of cloudy days, with cooler temperatures and clouds blowing down past us down into the valley below. We saw our first rain in 5 weeks last night - not heavy, a steady, gentle soak, but it was still warm.

 

This week’s been a mixed bag job-wise too. Paul finished clearing the garden, and we’ve been burning rubbish. I’ve been planting up numerous pots, sewing curtains, and giving four very sad chairs found in the cellar a new lease of life, with a few coats of paint. We’ve hung a few more things on the walls (not a hammer and nails job, as they’re solid concrete) and Paul has started work on clearing the cave. Note the dry stone wall 😁!  In between we had a couple of very nice meals in Ribeira Brava and Bar Rio.  Oh, and Paul’s had an excellent hair cut!

 

Progress has been made on the electrical front. We now have numerous sockets, so we can dispense with a few metres of extension cables running throughout the house! 

 

Excitement is building as we may have our first guests in a week’s time - my daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren 🤗

Posted on August 09th 2021 on 12:05pm
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Wednesday 25th November 2020Loft, Old Madeiran Cottage

This atmospheric loft was in a derelict cottage just behind the house and studio in Madeira I’ll be moving to. You can see a broken bed up in the eaves - it must have been hot as hell trying to sleep there in the summer, and there are no windows in the two rooms downstairs. I only saw this in August - and most of the building has now been destroyed. This painting is a work in progress - very close to being finished.
 
 
 
You can also see a mysterious chest in the bottom right of this painting. I never remove or move what I find in the abandoned houses I paint - but this chest must be matchsticks by now! 

Posted on November 25th 2020 on 01:17pm
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Tuesday 21st July 2020Prudhoe Gallery in Kingfisher Northumberland Guide

You may spot the gallery in the latest Kingfisher hardback guide to Northumberland, which is full of information on galleries, restaurants, country houses and more to visit in our area.
 

Posted on July 21st 2020 on 03:15pm
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Tuesday 21st July 2020Moor House Farm Feature

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express magazine for this feature about my pair of Moor House Farm paintings. I enjoy painting abandoned buidlings which are fragile and fading, so that I can capture their fleeting beauty.
 

Posted on July 21st 2020 on 02:52pm
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Wednesday 17th June 2020Gallery Open by Appointment

The gallery is now open by individual appointment if you would like to browse the prints and paintings. Just email me via the website's contact area to make an appointment. 


Teaching is on hold, sadly, until we have further guidelines of what’s safe and practical. The situation will change in due course. 
 

Take care and very best wishes from myself and Alison. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on June 17th 2020 on 02:00pm
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Wednesday 06th May 2020Homage to Riddlehamhope

 I have just started sketching out this homage to Riddlehamhope - a building I have painted several times.
 

Posted on May 06th 2020 on 12:43pm
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Wednesday 29th April 2020Moorhouse Farm

'Moorhouse Farm' is now completed and prints are available from my website or the gallery. This old farmhouse is near Allendale, Northumberland, and I am also working on a window painting from the same building. I am continuing to paint from my Prudhoe gallery, although the gallery is closed right now, of course. Take care.
 

Posted on April 29th 2020 on 01:27pm
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Wednesday 11th March 2020Madeira - Tyne Valley Express Feature

 Thank you, Tyne Valley Express magazine for this article about my work and time in Madeira, and the painting of the same name - 'Madeira' - such a beautiful island. Prints are available online or from my Prudhoe gallery.
 
 
 

Posted on March 11th 2020 on 03:36pm
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