Ho! Ho! Ho!

Another warm sunny Sunday this is amazing weather for the beginning of October. After yesterday’s wet and cold today it was like mid- summer. Oh how I wish the long balmy evenings were with us again. Having missed them in June as I was sleeping most of the time recovering from the accident I class this fantastic weather as a late summer just to keep me happy!
As the day was beautiful my friends suggested a trip out on their boat how could I refuse an invite like that? We had a lovely gentle sail through some lovely East Anglian scenery. We stopped at a riverside venue enjoying the sunshine having a leisurely picnic when a broad’s tour boat glided past with Father Christmas waving from the top deck! We are not convinced it was the real Father Christmas or just a man with long white hair, a big white bushy beard wearing something red. He was happy standing on the deck waving to the amusement of the bemused picnickers. Its things like that somehow melt the heart.
As it’s a no cook day (I never cook when I have had a day out it somehow finishes a nice day out off) my friends decided to get an indian take away. Amazing who you meet in these places I got chatting to a man who does Victorian ghost walks around the local town. He was fascinating to talk to it was a shame when our take away came as it cut our chat to an abrupt halt.
I am hoping to be life modelling again in December by then all my injuries and aches should be under control. The one thing I really look forward to is drive again. The freedom is so tangible all doors will start to open again. Not being one who likes to rely on other people to take me here there and everywhere I am really tickled with the help I have had over the last 4 months.
It’s time for me to close now I am so pleased to be typing blogs again.
Till next time

Accidents do happen!

Here we are again! What an interesting few days it has been.

It was a beautifully warm sunny day I decided to cycle to my portrait class. I was asked to wear something summery. I decided on a flowery top, shorts and flip flops. Oh! And a sun hat! It was a beautiful cycle along the disused railway track. Lots of wildlife and summer flowers in bloom. The river twinkled in the sun light gently flowing through the city. It was like returning to old friends at the class as I had not done portrait here for a while. It’s always good catching up with people you don’t see very often. There is always a good story to be told. I was given a choice in the way I sat so I decided to look out onto the river. That was a good choice as I could watch the holiday boats and canoes float past on their way to Norwich. It’s a great city to visit as there is so much to see and do here. The buildings range from medieval to the present day. I love Elm Hill it’s full of higgledy Piggledy houses all jostling for space along the narrow cobbled street. The main city is so vibrant the next big event is the Lord Mayors procession a great family week of entertainment. The Saturday is the big day with the procession through the city, lots of street entertainment rounded off with a fantastic firework display from the castle. Again I digress the portraits were amazing they captured the summer feeling. It’s a very talented class they all have a different take on how they want the portrait to be.

The evening was spent at lovely Cromer a gentle stroll along the cliff tops the back along the promenade with a diversion along the pier. (I am so pleased how quickly the pier has been repaired after the battering it had 6 months ago. I know there is still plenty to do yet it’s looking like its ready to receive the holiday makers and day trippers). I could not resist a gentle pootle on the firm warm sand. I tried a paddle in the sea I have to say for me it’s a bit early in the season! Whilst walking on the sand there was a beautiful photo opportunity from the now low warm sun dancing on the gentle waves, a break water that was dressed in brown dangling sea-weed and had a few slats missing. Through the gaps shards of light were punching through the gaps causing rays of light to form on the sands.

My Wednesday started with me doing the exciting job of paperwork! Oh yawn I do find it rather tiresome as its left till I have papers all over the table. I know if I did not procrastinate so much it would be done when it arrives. A few phone call later (I had some of those to do too they take longer than expected as I talk too much!), a swift snack pack my bags and I was ready to go to work for the afternoon. I was going to a life class with college students. It was a hot sunny perfect warm day so the drive was going to be really nice. I was heading for the coast.

My journey came to an abrupt halt when a car pulled out of a side road crashing into my passenger’s rear wheel. Oh! The noise, the fear, the panic I sat in the car stunned not quite knowing what to do. I gathered my senses pulled the car into the side of the road and waited to compose myself. I called my friend who I knew would be good in this situation, one who is calm and collected no matter what happens. I was guided to call the police and let work know I would not be going. As no one was hurt the police did not attend we exchanged details and carried on with our days. I could not believe the speed the other driver drove off at as the front of the car had been damaged. Caution was on my side as I took my now poorly car back home. The afternoon / evening and evening passed in a blur of calls to insurance companies, hire cars firms, solicitors and hospital. As by now my back arm and neck were sore and getting stiffer. I was really so pleased when my head hit the pillow as all I wanted to do was sleep. It was a fitful night at 3 am I was watching a programme about a guy who has bought a rain forest! It was really interesting it certainly opened my eyes to the human side of illegal de forestation.

Today I have cancelled all life classes I was going to as my body is in melt down! There is no way I could stand with my arms in dynamic poses or bending as the internal bruising has started to let me know it’s there! I feel like my body has aged 20 years..yikes!

ABBA Tribute

What a great night Saturday. After months of waiting I finally got to go to an ABBA tribute night at a local hotel.

I bought an outfit and a long blonde wig (I wish my hair was that long!) really looking the part. I turned up at the venue to discover only 4 of us had dressed in clothes of the 70s! The Grease tribute act I saw a few years ago everyone was in 50s outfits. Somehow it adds to the fun of the evening. Or is it bringing the exhibitionist side out in me? I met my friends who thought it was a giggle not many people had dressed up! What happened next was a fiasco. The meal was (looking back on it) a comedy of errors. So much went wrong, so much really did not work with the serving of the food. I must say the chocolate torte was amazing. Best part of the meal. The lights dimmed and “ABBA” was on stage. Talk about high energy and fun. They were an amazing group had everyone up and dancing. Over in a quiet corner an elderly couple (he had a Zimmer frame, she had a stick) were smiling and dancing to ABBA it was really heart-warming to see. I bopped all night. I came home and fell into bed at 1 to be awake and up at 6. I was doing cards as its Father’s Day next Sunday. I like to be in and out before the Sunday shoppers come in to the shop.

I spent most of the day in Wroxham enjoying a leisurely lunch with friends. We were in the Kings Head, Hoveton a lovely hotel and eating place. I love its location as it has a huge river frontage, lots of seating and parasols are plenty. It’s great eating watching the boats float up and down the river. Wroxham Bridge is a source of entertainment as it’s a low medieval bridge and boats really have to negotiate the right path to take to get through unscathed. There is a Pilot who will take hire craft through it. You always get one clever clogs that really has no respect for the boat, other river users and really shoots the bridge. Fortunately today he was nowhere to be seen! The bridge has claimed many lives the last one I heard of someone was crushed going through the bridge. They chose to stay on the top of the boat. It makes me cringe at the thought of that accident.

Whilst walking about we stumbled upon a guy who has developed a canoe that is pedalled. It is powered by 2 people pedalling one faces forwards and steers the other person faces backwards. We were told the Broads Authority are involved in the project as they are looking for eco transport on the Broads network. The cycling canoe was filming its journey down stream for live streaming on the web. I have no idea what happens to the streaming when it’s not live!


Oh no I thought I had done it again! I turned up for a life modelling class and there was not a soul in the room. I must admit my heart sank at the thought of turning up on a wrong day. After a lovely drive through the Suffolk countryside the fields and hedgerows are looking absobloutly stunning. It’s a really lovely time of year. The sky was amazing the clouds were back lit from the late afternoon sun. The sun rays were peeking out from behind the clouds. It was an amazing sky after the day’s yucky weather. Cloud watching is fun I like spotting shapes in them. I digress. Whilst in the room I looked at the latest exhibition of pictures. Then called the tutor who told me the class was downstairs in the theatre. A wave of relief ran through me. The theatre is a lovely space the lighting was really good. The class were busy setting up even though I was in the wrong place I was still on time! Light and dark was the theme of the session. I started with 3 x 1 minute, 2 x 2 minute and a 1×4 minute pose. I love doing the quick dynamic poses as they are fun to do and allows a bit of model freestyle! I tend to let my poses flow into one another like a dance sequence. The evening was closed with a pose of an hour and a quarter it was a classical laying one. All was well till near the end when an errant fly decided to pester me. It crawled over my body it was so tickly I willed it to fly away. It did then promptly returned. I ignored the tickling and pretended it was not there. The fly reminded me of classes I have done with the bothersome flies. One was at a school that had flies every year no matter what was done to irradiate them. They were everywhere dead, dying and very much alive! Last time I was there the problem was not bad maybe because it was cold! The other was an adult class. Again I was doing a laying pose when flies just appeared and bothered me and the artists. It was so bad the tutor became part of the pose as she was swatting the flies off me. It was a very surreal life class.

It was haircut day yesterday. It had just got past the “my hair is looking good” stage to “Yikes something needs doing about this!” Full head of highlights here I come! I walked into the city and was caught in a huge downpour of rain. It was not a problem as I had my brolly and a smile. Looking in charity shops I found a lovely scarf that’s perfect for portrait modelling. Shopping finished time to go to MG hair and beauty for a transformation! Charlie was finishing his client then it was my turn. Charlie has been doing my hair for 8 years so we know each other pretty well. He is never surprised by what the previous 6 weeks have held for me as for some reason I attract fun different things to happen. Well I say not surprised yesterday I topped the list of surprises with producing my camera and taking selfies of the transformation. We certainly had some fun doing them. I am sure the other customers must wonder what’s going on! The finished result is lovely I looked in the mirror today there was a young lady looking back at me! No more grey hairs. Charlie said he would make me look 10 years younger!

What a great way to start the day I popped over to see my friend who was in the hot tub. It would have been rude not to join them in it. Sitting quietly letting the jets pummel the aching body bliss. Whilst sitting there a woodpecker flew to a nearby tree and pecked its way to the top. Can the day start any better?

Need to go I have a life modelling class at a local school later. I am not sure if I need a swimming costume due to the student’s ages. It will be in my bag just in case.

Too early!

Who had a moment today?

As you know, its bad form to turn up to a class late. Today I did the reverse and turned up for a class 3 weeks too early! I took the booking at the week end over a really bad mobile signal. The poor tutor felt bad as I had turned up. It’s not her fault its mine for being so keen! I now have the correct dates in my diary.

It gave me a chance to catch up on jobs inside and out as it’s a fantastic day.

I am doing a life modelling class this week. It’s a fun group that is really friendly. At the end of the term the group go out for a meal with a twist. The first one I went to was a 1920s meal. It was held in a restaurant that had a 1920s theme. The waitresses were dressed in the waitress uniform of the time. After the meal we were treated to a black and white silent film with piano accompaniment. It certainly bought the film to life. The last one was a Mad Hatters tea party that was real fun. We all wore hats that had been modified by the wearer!

First of June

What a wonderful day it has been, the 1st of June and summer is once again with us.

This warm evening would have been welcome on Friday evening. Admittedly it was dry yet once the sun had set the temperature plummeted like a stone. Friday night was petenque night! It was a real hoot. 36 of us descended on the local petenque club for a taster session. Once assembled, we were given a demonstration by junior champions and they were seriously good. They plated 2 ends to give us an idea of what we were aspiring to! I have played before and it was nice to get the real rules not the corrupted ones I had played by! We were put into teams there were 6 of us playing the game this divided down to 3 in a team! I was in a fun team we had fighting spirit yet were beaten by the other team narrowly by 2 points! We were robbed! After the game there was a bar b Q to warm us up.It was a great chance to catch up with people I had not seen for ages.
I do love petenque it is so beautifully simple yet it has a competitive spin to it. If the boule hits a tuft of grass or pebble when it lands it veers of to somewhere you really wish it had not gone! Its great watching faces when this happens.
The evening finished in a friend’s hot tub immersed in soothing warming bubbles watching the night sky. It was a perfect end to a great evening.

Saturday I had a cycle ride along the Marriott’s Way one of Norfolk’s hidden gems. It’s a disused railway line that passes through some stunning landscapes and rivers. It was great going down the hills not a care in the world. The destination was Reepham Station again a disused station that is now a coffee shop and deli . The hot chocolate is really good and the food is all home- made (you can watch the food being crafted). There is something nice knowing you have just expended lots of energy and this is the reward! Ah those hills on the way back were not so carefree it was a long steady climb. Amazingly I made it without walking. Considering I had not cycled for 2 years it was a smooth ride I was impressed. Today none of my body is crying in pain through over use… I must be fitter than I thought!
There was a charity dog walk in aid of Meningitis taking place when I was cycling along the route. There were about a dozen ladies enjoying the sunshine and a good natter! Well done! Ladies.

Today I was a baking day something I really don’t do often. The only reason was I have too many eggs and needed to use them up. I made some chocolate biscuits that are really not pleasant. It’s a new recipe and really won’t be using it again. Then at just gone 11 I was on my way to Chelmsford to do life modelling. It’s a new contact who is infectiously enthusiastic and is very generous with his hints and tips. I did a semi reclining pose for the first 2 sections. In the second half I took my position very close to how the first half had been. (I have been told whilst life modelling I have a very good memory of a pose. The two things I get in a pickle with are hands was it right over left or the other way round or were they interlinked! And legs if they are crossed particularly if it’s a laying pose! It’s all very odd). As the pose continued I could feel the padding slump and it pulling me backwards very, very gently. I was asked if I wanted to continue in the 3rd half and said I could but would prefer a new pose. So a new pose was struck. I decided to sit in the pile of foam (yes! another classic mistake I made. I have learnt if on just foam a sheet of wood needs to be put under the top foam to stop all foam sagging). It was an interesting pose all very relaxed arm out at the side so the artists at the back had more than a back to draw. All was going well until about 20 minutes in when I noticed the pose had moved and my right hip was so much lower than my right hip. I held it till the last 10 minutes when I really needed to re pose the pose. I asked the tutor if I could move he was ok with it. If ever I need to move I always ask the tutor in advance. When I had finished the life modelling session I took a good look at the cushions to discover one of the pads was not fitting flush with anything so there was a gap which allowed me to slump! So even after 8 years I am still making little mistakes. On a firmer base for both poses I would have not moved. I know this as they are 2 poses that are in my standard repertoire.
Tomorrow I am doing a one off portrait I am debating whether to put my rollers and scarf on (like the pictures in my paintedladymodelling gallery) or go as me. I will sleep on it see how the mood takes me. It will be the weather that will be the deciding factor if its soggy it will be rollers, if sunny just me! As I need to put a cycle hat on as I will be cycling.

Ah! And relax!

What a whirlwind few days it has been I love the long week –end breaks.

Is this nearly summer? I have my heating on high as I am so cold.

Sunday I managed to get a few ends of petenque practice in. It’s great to see the skill is returning many moons ago I was a real whizz at petenque it looks like it’s a skill like riding a bike it’s one you never loose! In the practice it was a revelation I am better at long shots than short ones. Again it was nice to be at a naturist club enjoying the late afternoon sun. The evening was spent watching local bands at a charity event. A friend who is in the band “Frocked Up” was playing. They are great playing ballads, 60s to the present day hits. It was a chilly evening once the sun went down maybe I should have tried my new Ceroc dancing to keep warm!
Monday I was at the local naturist club taking photos for a duo life modelling project. I have been luck to find a male life model who wants to work with me. We work so well together we have the same thoughts and ideas on how to execute poses so the artists can have interesting poses. We do life modelling, costume modelling and portrait modelling. I will be adding a page to my web site with more detail on the new venture. The shoot was fun as we were using a self -timer on my camera. We managed to get some great natural looking shots. I am sure being in a wooded glade helped as there are many natural props to utilise. I had one of my moments I had found a tree that was brilliant for sitting up against. The timer was set beep, beep. I rushed into position next to the tree. In haste my footing slipped next thing I knew I was unceremoniously sliding down the trunk of the tree, landing in a heap at the foot of the tree! Like all these things it happened really quickly. Yet left me laughing uncontrollably. Oh! Was I hurt? I had a bit of a sore back on Monday and a graze on my bum!

Thankfully the day ended with a lovely Bar B Q with lots of laughter. Food was really lovely and desserts were to die for!

Back to work! What a soggy one it was everyone came in looking really soggy! It was a long day sorting cards as I had to make hours up for the Bank Holiday day off. I knew I had something to look forward to in the evening another dance class at a different town. A new move was learnt all was going well until they had us doing it three times in a row. Argh! Ok it’s a man leading the dancing so really I should just glide around and have fun…. In reality I preamp the moves and that muddles the messages between feet and brain! My solution to this is close my eyes and trust the man, this way I can feel where and how I am being guided. It is only class 2 and things are falling into place.

Today I helping a friend do some wood work in their boat. Over the years I have been “trained “how to hold things and when to pass things etc. My friend was amazed I knew how to do certain things and instinctively knew how and when to help. The wood work looks good, I am so pleased to have helped! Think a trip on a summers evening with a nice chilled wine would be nice. It would be an opportunity to see if the wood work is still standing!

A male life model has just asked my advice as he had a lucky escape at the week end. He was life modelling with some elderly women over stepped the golden rule of not touching a model whilst posing. He very sensibly cut the class short. My advice to him was that was the best thing to do and put it down to experience. And to be very careful next time.
I seem to be some kind of “auntie” with life modelling. I am often asked for advice and help. I give answers that fit the situation. I have an ability to see all sides without being judgemental maybe its to do with the hypnotherapy training.

Dancing the night away!

I was invited by a couple of friends to a glass exhibition that was on in The Cut in Halesworth. The Cut is an old malting’s that has metamorphasised into a great art venue.  The whole building has a welcoming feel to it.  Lunch was lovely a smoked salmon and cream cheeses sandwich served with lots of delicious garnish. The staff are all friendly and helpful nothing is too much trouble for them. The dining area has a relaxed, un- hurried feel.

The exhibition was interesting it amazes me what you can do with glass. Some were cast and others were made into wall plaques.    There was one piece that had us all mesmerised as the background of the piece changed constantly.


Friday night was dance night! I was at a charity ball in aid of Asthma at Dunston Hall a fantastic Elizabethan manor house.


The grounds are amazing they stretch into the gentle rolling hills of Norfolk. The gentle hills are punctuated with big old established trees. Looking at the grounds the setting would be great for an out- door life modelling session, the statuesque trees giving a solid back drop and the gentle green hills falling into the distance.  I am there! The Hall and its Elizabethan decor are an inspiration for a period photo shoot.

The event was a black tie and posh dresses! I went with a group from Meet Norwich (, we all gathered in the room where the event was being held.  The room looked amazing every seat had a helium filled balloon attached to it. As we waited to be seated looking around it was lovely to see everybody in their finery. Today the art of dressing up to go somewhere special seems to have been lost.  Ah the balloons were popped after the first course as they contained raffle tickets! The evening was great fun good food, great company and lots of dancing. I tumbled into be at 2.15 Saturday morning!  


Meet Norwich is a social group in Norwich that is for people wishing to make new friends and do different activities. When it first started it was for singles to meet other singles with no pressure the ethos being to meet and enjoy an evening out. It’s not a dating group however if you meet “The One” that’s fantastic.


Dancing the night away 2

Wow! I had a Ceroc lesson and it was great fun I never stopped smiling all through the lesson.  I never knew dancing was so much fun. My dance partner was amazing! He has been dancing for years, he has the moves and lots of encouraging helpful tips. I am so glad I am a lady as it’s the man who is in control of the dance. The men’s faces when this is pointed out is one of;  “yeah! I am going to enjoy this!”  I will certainly be going back as it was so much fun.

As life modelling is a fickle job I have a job merchandising greeting cards. This week we put Father’s Day out. I should have gone to the pictures in the evening with a friend. She picked me up we decided where we wanted to eat (we chose one we thought would be good. Sadly the staple of the pub is pork!  Neither of us eat meat the veggie option was ok nothing special), half way through her meal she was unwell and went home. There is always next week to do the cinema. I really fancy Pompeii. The evening was spent with a glass of wine looking up contacts to do life modelling, photography and portrait modelling.

I have spent a few hours ringing possible leads for life modelling, some have been very positive I am pleased to say.  It’s when times are slow liker they are at present it reminds me I have come a long way in 8 years.  When I started life modelling I was in a mobility buggy due to a back operation years earlier. No one knew I was in a buggy as the days I was life or portrait modelling I took lots of pain killers. The only clue was not a lot of walking; my left foot would not go to the ground and walking with a stick very slowly. People were surprised when they saw me in a buggy. I started walking 3 years ago un aided, handed my blue badge back   and started living again. I will never take walking for granted ever again. I cured myself with EFT (emotional freedom technique) you will find more about this at


I learnt level 1 &2 with a master Jaquie Crooks in Leicester;
she is very inspirational and gentle. I was lucky to be one of her “helpers” she started me on the road to recovery, releasing limiting beliefs and old un- wanted emotions. I remember the class I was at I was doing a life class and it was a laying pose when my mind wandered to healing myself. I thought about emotions I felt related to not walking. They were frustration and anger. I did rounds of tapping in my head feeling the pressure points as I imagined my fingers tapping the key points. As I did this, flames lapped at my face. I calmed them down. When the pose had finished I gingerly got up and to my astonishment I could put my foot down, no pain and I could walk normally. I went for a beach walk the Saturday I took sticks and never used them. That was a key point to how I view life, every day is full of new adventures and laughter.

Met a friend for lunch we always have lots to catch up on, we had been in the pub 4 hours when her husband rang to see if she was ok!  I love long lazy lunches.

What’s happened to the hot sunshine? I went to as local auction today. It’s in Fakenham a market town. Lots of interesting bits were in the auction. There was a lace table and pillow in the auction. It was tempting to stay for it but I am not sure if the table would fit in my home. (I did lace making many moons ago I need to start it again as I found it very relaxing). In the event nothing was spent in the auction. A wander through the town and market was next. There are lots of charity shops there. I always take a look as you never know what props you will find. Today was a lucky day! I have been looking for a wedding dress (I have the gloves and parasol) for modelling for something different. Eureka! A dress was found and a veil. All I need to do now is make a posy (I am a trained florist) and I am ready to model in costume as a bride. I have a great male model who says he will be my “groom” for the session.  The afternoon cheered up so I spent it at a local naturist club playing board- games (I need to hone my ruthless streak, I use it in Backgammon no problem yet with other games I am a pussy cat)! And boule a game I love, I used to be really good at it (is there a competitive streak emerging she said with a twinkle in the eyes?)   Sadly I lost the skill through not playing. However after a few ends the skill is coming back. Let’s hope the week end is so I can go back to the club for a few more ends of boule.

Photos by the river bank

What a fantastic week end warm sunshine and clear blue sky.

Saturday I spent in the city looking for a posh dress for a Ball I am going to. Why do dress sizes vary so much I am the same body yet the size variations are vast. Without too much searching a simple black number was chosen thinking accessorise with red shoes and hand bag the ensemble will look classy.

Lunch was had at the Bell Hotel sitting outside (finding a seat was a challenge as everyone wanted to be outside). Thoughts of Paris wandered into my mind. Quite where they came from I have no idea!

On the way home I met a friend who joined me on my walk home. We walked along the river and to our surprise we found a woodland glade with trees with branches that had fallen used as seating. Here was a brilliant place to take life modelling photos as the dappled light from the sun and reflections from the river were amazing. The glade was in a very private spot so we know no one would be offended with the impromptu photo shoot.  As we were life modelling in the glade gently gliding down the river a mother swan and her cygnets passed by. The reflections on the water were lovely.

A trip to a local naturist club is how Sunday was spent how lovely to be clothes free and enjoy the warm sunshine. Factor 50 was used today there are signs of a gentle tan emerging. On the way home, through the country lanes that are so pretty this time of year, I reversed to let a van pass. Reversing was excellent unfortunately I missed a ditch and one of my back wheels was left dangling in the air!. I got out gave the ditch a good stern talking to! Luckily a passing driver pushed my car out of the ditch there was lots of revs, spinning wheels (all I kept thinking was these  are new tyres)  and smoke. With a surge the car was free. Many thanks to the fellow driver, who I will be eternally grateful to for the assistance.

Today the fledgling life model is doing a portrait class. I have been giving advice on what is expected in a portrait class. The tutor asked for a plain top so that was nice and easy advise on! In a portrait class you get into pose, it’s a mix of what the tutor is looking to achieve from the pose and the models comfort and ability to do it. Tutor and model work closely together to get the right pose, one that is comfortable and one that is interesting. Sadly a smile (I know a male model that has a permanent smile) is not something that can be held for hours. I always look sad and really grumpy as my mouth turns down. The longer the sit the sadder it looks! As soon as a comfort break comes a big smile comes across my face, eyes twinkle and face softens. All the artists know what a happy soul I am.  Once the head is in position eyes need to focus on a spot that is not going to move preferably looking slightly up wards. I find the eyes get tired when this happens I blink to get moisture over my eyes and then roll my eyes every which way to loosen them. Once this is done eyes return back to their position. A few times I have been caught out whilst focusing as either an artist will block my fixed spot or the tutor when they come to gibe guidance.

I remember one class a lady was getting uppity that my eyes and head were not back in position after a comfort break. All the other artists had said it was back to where it was. I moved my eyes and head a fraction! This happened most of the class. When the lesson had finished I was busting to see the portrait. Oh how disappointed was I? The picture was not what I was expecting it was like a Picasso on a bad day!

The fledgling model has just called to say the class was interesting. Hopefully I will get to see the pictures that were taken of the paintings one day. A good excuse to catch up with a hot choc!

A valuable lesson was learnt the eyes were focused gazing into the sun making the eyes dry and sore!


Sitting here enjoying pains au chocolat, my thought wandered to three wonderful photo shoots I have had in the great out- doors. It must be this still, warm about to be sunny day.

The bluebell shoot was on a chilly May day, we parked in a village church car park. I love village churches they seem to be in great locations and the grounds are usually not as manicured as the ones in the city. We (David the photographer, who is a real gentle giant!  He is over 6’ and a real gentleman and me ) had a route march to the bluebell wood taking us through fields, past a gently trickling stream and eventually the woods. The smell of the bluebells was divine it gently filled the air. The sea of blue flowers peppered with white wild garlic was breath-taking. The trees leaves were unfurling allowing the dappled sunlight to filter through. We walked the narrow meandering woodland path as we walked our chatter was interrupted by the snap of a twig one of us had stepped on.  Oh choices where do we do the shoot it all looked perfect.  We started a shoot on a tree root that was shaped like a hammock. We wanted more from the shoot so we ventured deeper into the woodland. The perfect spot was found the dappled sunlight lit the woodland floor below the light was amazing. One thing I had not mentioned this was a Saturday morning with lots of dog walkers using the wood. We started the photo shoot in costume. When we came to do the nude modelling the clothes were on and off in a blink. One picture was set up the photos were about to be shot when along the path we spotted an elderly couple walking their dog. I was up and dressed so I did not offend them. We had a great time so many laughs and some amazing pictures.    Once the shoot had finished we toddled back over the fields back to the church. It was open so we had a look inside the rustic flower displays did not disappoint.  I am a City & Guilds trained florist, I love flowers and appreciate the beauty of a beautiful flower arrangements. At present I choose to do arrangements as gifts and funeral flowers.


The other shoot was in Clacton again in a wood! I was again very lucky to have a shoot with Martin who contacted me and offered to do a shoot to enhance my profile. He took my “freedom” picture it is a photo that inspired a friend to carve “sun goddess” out of his pruned tree. The tree had come to the end of its life and was pruned back leaving branches looking like arms in the air. She looks amazing in his garden.  I digress back to the shoot ….. From the field the picture was taken we wandered into a small wood the smell of musty decaying wood hung sweetly in the air. Here Marin had me leaping off logs, hugging trees, lying on logs and generally having fun. We finished in the woods then went to his studio for more photos the memorable ones are the ones playing bubbles ann my back as a helicopter landing pad!


I remember driving home looking over a field to see a hot air balloon gently gliding in the warm evening sun. At the time it was a dream for me to go in a hot balloon. A year or so ago I fulfilled that dream it was amazing. A tale for another day I think. Time to get ready for Saturday I wonder what it holds for me.


Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day!

A thought of going to the beach and soaking up the rays is really high in the thoughts today. A few house viewings then beach….as they say all great plans are made to be broken!  I found myself at How Hill a beautiful spot on the Ant River. It was the home of the Boardman family who found the land on their honeymoon and decided to build a really impressive house on it. It has commanding views over the river and marshes. A wind pump has a commanding view too! Toad Hole Cottage is at the foot of the hill at present it is being restored. It’s an old eelers cottage it’s really twee. It gives a flavour of how life was lived years ago. I can imagine the cold bleak existence for the poor family. The river was not too busy a few swans gently glided by. They are so graceful I love it when they put their wings up and glide through the water.

All the jobs and diversions (I get easily distracted!) were finished then the clouds rolled in and a chill in the wind appeared. So the beach plan was scrubbed. It would have been so nice to enjoy the sun. The bag was packed with factor 50, towel and a drink. I was hoping to get some photos of life poses. I am sure there will be an opportunity in the next few days to enjoy the tranquillity of the beach.

What happened if you never went to the beach I hear you cry! MM decorating the porch that was   rubbed down the edges painted all ready to paint. That was started over a month ago! The wall papering is just being finished. House is looking very smart! Just to rub salt in the wound the warm sun popped out again just as the decorating started!