Monday, 13 August 2018

At the RWA

This month the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) has put on an exhibition to celebrate Robert Hurdles' impressive one hundred years of life. On Saturday, before the private view, there was an in conversation session with the artist, in the form of a series of questions and answers.
Robert has an enviable memory and has led a long and interesting life, encompassing such times as being at first a conscientious objector at the start of WW2 before changing his position and becoming part of the bomb disposal unit. Having experienced such a turbulent period of history it's interesting to consider the serenity and beauty of his large, mature paintings. He described the development of his painting, his technique and influences. His description of the necessity of sheeting up his workroom and the clothes he wore to protect himself from the effects of his method of splatter painting caused some amusement!
He has only recently stopped painting. In answering a question about this he replied, "I paint with my eyes." I'm sure that all the audience had the same thought as me - I hope that I'll be as lively as Robert if I make it to one hundred years old!
Robert and Himself taught together at the art school and they always have plenty to reminisce about.

Friday, 10 August 2018

From one to one hundred.

Just the other week we were celebrating the first birthday of our grandson, but yesterday our invitation was to a mad hatter's tea party to celebrate a one hundredth birthday.
There were many cards, including one from the queen.
Photos of the birthday boy at different stages in his long life.
The sun shone
and we could wander around the garden.
Goldney House is situated on Clifton Hill in Bristol. In the late seventeenth century Thomas Goldney the second,  the son of a successful Quaker grocer, leased a house and garden in Clifton, which was then a small village separate from the city. He developed the house and gardens and created a grotto which he decorated with shells, quartz and a rock crystal known as 'Bristol diamonds'. There was no chance to look inside the grotto, it was securely locked.
The handsome red sandstone tower was built in 1764 to house the steam engine supplying water to the grotto.

The property passed through various members of the family and in 1864 was bought by Lewis Fry, a member of the famous Quaker chocolate manufacturing family who remodelled the house and the pleasure grounds.

The chocolate birthday cake tasted just as good as it looked!
The tea party was served in the orangery with heart-warming speeches from family and friends, 

and music.
What a perfect way to celebrate one hundred years!

Monday, 6 August 2018


All the family were home at the weekend to celebrate our grandson's first birthday. His auntie brought a piƱata that was almost as big as the birthday boy.
We hung it on the walnut tree.

The so-called adults had a great time attacking it with sticks!

His mummy made the birthday cake

and auntie helped to blow out the candle.