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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hammie found a drain cover!!!

This one is in Emmen and it has butterflies all over it!!!
I love it!  Thanks Hammie!!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Two more pages in my Paris Art Journal!!

 This one has the postcard that Sullivan sent me!

And the jokers out of the pack of cards that he sent me, too!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

We had dinner out!!!

 After work today, Andrea said we were going out for dinner!!

We went to Orsino's for dinner!!  Are we meeting Sir Woodstock again?!

 OH!  That's not Sir Woodstock...... that's his terrier doggie!!!  We didn't quite catch her name but she was ever so lovely!!!

 And well behaved too!!  Didn't poo on the table..... very impressed!

 We had the Marinara pizza again which  was yummers, and a glass of wine..... and after stuffing our faces, we decided to meet up for fish & chips on Monday and then came home!!  It was fun to meet a friendly doggie!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

New Zazzle cards

I just made a new postcard on my Zazzle shop.  It's here

Paris Entrance, Postcard
Paris Entrance, Postcard by Andreas_art
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We made a greeting card with the same image, here

Thursday, 16 April 2015

We found a new grafitti box!!!

 We spotted this one earlier this week and it's not far from home either!!!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Movie review - "Mr Turner"

Movie review number 40

This movie charts the life of JMW Turner, English artist of the 1700s and stars Timothy Spall in the title role. 
The movie starts with Turner returning to London from a trip to Utrecht in the Netherlands, and back to his London studio which he shares with his father.  His father makes up oil paint for Turner, buying the pigment from the "colourmen" - what we'd now call an art shop!  Turner's wife arrives and whinges at him that he hasn't been to see his family or kept up with his children.  
Later, Turner visits the seaside town of Margate and rents a top floor room in a building that faces the sea from a lady called Mrs Booth, who later becomes his mistress.  This becomes a second home for him, and he spends most of time there.
The movie also shows various interactions at the Royal Academy, with Turner giving a lecture, and also taking part in various exhibitions, where he encounters Mr Ruskin, a rather posh pretentious art critic (who later promotes the Preraphaelite artists, shown towards the end of the movie) and Turner at one point has a good crack at making Ruskin look a total prat.  (which he potentially was!!) Towards the end of the movie, a Very Rich Man offers to buy all of Turners painting off him for £20,000 but Turner tells him to bugger off because he's leaving them to the nation.  They're currently (still!) on show at the Tate Britain in London.
The movie ends with Turner returning to Margate, falling ill and ultimately dying.

(Ed's note: A Prat is English terminology for idiot: similar to twat)
(Another Ed's note: the movie scene with Ruskin in it talks about another artist called Mr Claude.  We went to see an expedition on London about Turner and Claude here which briefly explains who he is!)

This is a VERY long movie - well over 2 hours, and I found it too long and the last hour of it didn't hold my attention.  I'm rather surprised I sat through to the end, to be honest, and was tempted to turn it off about 45 minutes before actual ending.

Three, purely for historical accuracy.

Viewers choice, you'll need it to stave off the boredom!!!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

We made savoury brioche!!

 Last night we made up some savoury brioche dough and we cooked it this morning!!!  We've never made savoury brioche before but what we did was to leave out the sugar altogether, and instead we put in oregano, chopped up chives, mustard powder and three garlic cloves and some parmesan cheese!
We think the white bit in the middle of the top pic is the parmesan.

We've already eaten half of one loaf for lunch.  Its yummers!!!