28 June

A sad day today as we said goodbye to Malcolm. He was a lovely man who gave so much time teaching people to enjoy the water in safety. I knew him both through work, he looked after the clothing for RLSS Poole Lifeguards, Poole Harbour Canoe Club and the Dorset Police male voice choir. He was kind enough to come to our company for all of these and I got to know him well over the last 10 years. I also knew him when I was in the Coastguard and afterwards helping at swimming events in the harbour. At his funeral today the chapel was full and many of us stood outside the doors following as best we could. He will be missed by many.

This is how I remember him, ready to provide safety cover in his kayak and with a big smile.

27 June

Here is the first of a series of portraits of friends that were kind enough to agree to let me paint them. The first victim is John, we were in form 3b together when we started school in 1963, it seems like yesterday!

26 June

Edmondsham. House has a stable and coach house larger than most peoples houses, in fact it would make a lovely house with a bit of work. The building is very formal and very symmetrical, I mention this because it may not be obvious in my illustration!

25 June

I visited Edmondsham house in Dorset today with the Broadstone art society. The walled garden was full of flowers which I don’t normally paint so I thought I would have a go. I also did some pen and watercolour which I will post over the next few days.

24 June

It was Cliff’s birthday while we were away and Cherry bought him some surprise cake, there had to be enough for 19 people so the choice was limited. He had been to a funeral so needed some cheering up.