I was delighted to see that my painting of Fletcher has been awarded third place in the Purely Watercolour Facebook Christmas challenge. This is the first time I have got anywhere in an art competition although I haven’t entered any apart from these monthly challenges, perhaps I should enter some more.
I haven’t finished today’s painting yet but decided to share this photo I took early yesterday morning on the beach at Branksome Chine. There are currently 6 cruise ships anchored in Poole Bay, I don’t think they will be going anywhere for a while.
Our two labs have a bed each but every night there is a race for this one, I don’t know why because they are both the same size. Last night Nuala got there first but Fletcher decided there must be room for two labs, after all they are lap dogs! They stayed there for about an hour before Nuala gave up and went to the other bed.
The London Aquarium exceeded all our expectations. It is well laid out and filled with fascinating sea life. It was also practically empty which was a bonus for us. I particularly liked these jellyfish , the tank was beautifully lit and the jellyfish were mesmerising.
We are having a few days in London this week as we can’t go to Venice. Although I was brought up in London it was interesting to get a new perspective having been away for 35 years! Some of the buildings are pretty amazing, particularly the pubs.
I took the dogs to the beach at 7.30 this morning and saw the sunrise over Poole bay.
At the gundog Christmas party this morning Nuala won the advanced obedience competition beating all the other retrievers and spaniels, I am very proud of her. Fletcher di some of the advanced tests, even though he is still a beginner he is showing great potential.
I know most of my posts are paintings but I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of Nuala and Fletcher in Upton Country Park this morning. They can be real posers when there is a tennis ball on offer!
We worked all day with the new business owners in Cambridge and finally got away at around 6 pm. It was a four hour drive home including a meal break so it will have to be a photo again today. This is one I took while out with the dogs this morning. It is the river at Godmanchester.
Only a photo today, the old mill stream at Godmanchester