Ruby Wedding

Tony and I recently celebrated our Ruby Wedding anniversary in Normandy with our family; just one of the reasons I have been very behind with my blog posts. It was wonderful to spend time with our nearest and dearest, the sun shone brightly and the sky and sea were bluer than blue.

When we had enough of the great outdoors we lazed about indoors in the very spacious farmhouse we rented. Our grandchildren George and Edie found a book in the local supermarket which had been illustrated by their uncle Patrick. Of course we had to bring it home with us, it inspired many new works of art.

One of the places we visited was the Christian Dior house and garden in Granville. This beautiful pink villa housed a collection of the designer's work alongside photographs of the famous women who have worn House of Dior creations.

There were dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy to name but a few. There is something very personal and immediate about people's clothing, like seeing handwriting it evokes many sentiments. Viewing the exquisite Galliano creation worn by Diana, alongside the bag, shoes and jewels she wore, displayed next to her photograph made the experience very poignant. The tiny suits worn by Jackie and the sensuous black silk worn by Marilyn, such beautifully clothed women forever photographed and admired. I wonder how many of us would really like to choose their destinies?

When we returned I began a new series of animal portraits, this is little Millie who sometimes comes to stay. She and Ted were good companions and enjoyed walking together. People ask me why I haven't painted Ted, the answer is simple; every very time I look at his photograph my eyes fill with tears and I am finished! Maybe one day. The Anthony Browne book is one I have owned for some time, it is a little gem and worth rooting out if you love beautifully illustrated books. I decided to add some topiary details to my border, I hope Millie approves.

Another member of the pack, Ash the Weimaraner contemplating life.