Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Landscapes on Show...


Abbey Pond

Top of the Tor

Lost and Found

I am exhibiting watercolour and oil landscapes at the fantastic pop-up gallery in the Crispin Centre, Street, Somerset this month ~ more details here:

Unit 6, Crispin Centre, Street, Somerset

Fifty local artists have filled the space with a range of painting, sculpture, ceramics and textiles, details on Facebook Group page Create:Space II.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi Review

Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi 12A

Director: Rian Johnson
Website: Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi

This movie really opens up the marketing opportunities. New toy space ships, teddy bears, costumes, milk drinks... That said, if you can get past the marketing and rebooting opportunities, it is a chance to bid a very long, nostalgic, fond farewell to the original three Star Wars films and cast.
Without giving away too many spoilers, think Battlestar Galactica meets Mary Poppins. There are a couple of stand out WOW! moments, a couple of  WTF! moments and an awful lot of angst from the two main protagonists, Kylo Ren and Rey. See it because, after all these years of being a fan, it would be rude not to.

Three out of five galactic stars.

Meanwhile, on the small screen...

Halt and Catch Fire

(Amazon Prime)

Four seasons of this great series based around the intertwined lives and careers of four people riding the wave that was the computer boom of the 80's. Not to be missed. Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé and Toby Huss head up the cast.
Five out of five shift key eights.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Garden Round~Up for 2107

New garden, new plants...

and new projects...

Old decking...

...repaired and painted

& plenty of plans for 2018!

Friday, 23 June 2017

'Earth was abundant. When we had finally finished plundering its
resources, we moved on. But our new homes were never as rich.
So we sent ships with scientific teams to find new zoology in distant galaxies we could farm, synthesise or simply hunt down and eat...'

In the future, food is the new gold...

Join the crew of an Ark class spaceship as they search out new food resources across uncharted galaxies in order to keep humanity alive... (click here)

 Grove Jones stops on the main gangway of the space port and glances at the briefing alert on his digi-billet. The ship he is looking for is called the 'Saturn Anne II' but he can see no sign of it on the computerised docking list boards. Just like the Newtrishia Corporation to hire some tin-can space barge that can't even find its way to the right docking bay. He spots a techanoid and waves the billlet at him. 'Know where this is?'
The teachanoid blinks twice and then pulls the rictus grin of the very poorly made synthetic robot. 'Yes sir! The last bay, in late last night. Boards not updated yet. Very big ship. Have a very happy journey now.'

'Last bay, late. Says it all.' Jones growls in thanks at the too-cheery reply, shoulders his backpack and heads in the direction of the illuminated arrow sign lit up on the techanoid's chest plate.  

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

In A Midsummer Garden

One of the first projects for our new garden, after a few months of settling in, is repairing, repainting and re-utilising the decking. This has entailed cutting back and reshaping overgrown shrubs and plants, checking and replacing any rotten substructure and replacing worn out screws across the deck. We are going for a bold grey, pink and orange colour scheme on the deck and walls to give a Mediterranean/Mexican feel to what is turning into a lovely sun trap. The pots of salad are loving the hot weather and midsummer is only a heat haze away. Please don't forget to leave out a shallow dish of water for the birds and wildlife, always a must in a midsummer garden.