Author Archives: Morag Watkins

About Morag Watkins

Booklover,

Art Exhibition

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I have just hung my first solo exhibition. This is not quite as grand as it sounds as members of the Rickmansworth and District Art Society take it in turns to hang some pictures in Three Rivers House, the local council offices, and this month it is my turn. If you are in Rickmansworth pop in to have a look.

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Vietnam

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I have just returned from Vietnam and what a wonderful country: beautiful scenery, lovely people, great food especially pho and astonishing traffic. I was told there were 5million motorbikes in Hanoi for 7 million people. There are no discernible traffic rules. Imagine one of those motor cycle stunt teams with maybe a dozen members. They criss cross with great precision. Now multiply that by 100 and imagine maybe 1000 or 1200 motorbikes and remember that they have not practised and you have an idea.

However once I had overcome that overwhelming noise of them all beeping and travelling in all directions, from all directions the man in my life and I had a great experience.

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Garden Gift Vouchers

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These all have expiry dates, I have just discovered so if you have some, check them now and spend as soon as you can. Don’t risk them running out as the HTA Horticultural Trades Association is totally inflexible on this point. If you give them as gifts, and I would not after my recent experience, make sure the person you give them to is aware of the expiry date.

It is worth checking any other gift vouchers you have, just in case they have dates.

Spring

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We all thought spring had sprung and it has but you might have been forgiven for wondering this weekend. Last Friday the temperature here was 26º and this weekend it is 6º!  However the warmth of last week has brought all the spring flowers out. This is my favourite narcissus, variety unknown as we inherited it. It smells lovely too.

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Wales

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Gosh I am behind! I had a lovely week in Wales with a group of people who were on a landscape photography tour. We stayed in a wonderful converted chapel near Llanberis. It is in the Snowdonia National Park and is in slate country. I was the cook so it was my job to keep everyone well fed and to produce meals at the right time. As ever I enjoyed meeting new people and learned a little more about photography. My purpose in taking pictures is to us them as reference material for paintings. Having spent years using pastels I am trying out acrylics with varying success. I will post a painting when I have one I think is finished.

Today on the radio we talked though a Christmas list of beautiful books to give as gifts. It is difficult to choose as there are so many I could have filled a three hour slot by myself!