Thursday, 19 August 2010

Xmas Torch 2010

Four months to go and we get to do it all over again with another so deserving 630 children! We are getting better at this all thanks to you and your continued support.

So here is how to do this:

We have a NEW website!

Take a look at our orphanages:

Then make your donation! There are many options:

This is a fantastic charity, which gives so much directly to those children who need it, so see what you can do to help.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Flowers, friends & forgeries

Look at me!
On Saturday, I had a wonderful day in London. First stop was the National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Awards, well after a breakie stop in one of my favourite cafés, Café in the Crypt, which is below St Martins in the Field church. Although dark, the café is wonderfully atmospheric, although I must confess I hate walking on the gravestones. At the exhibition, I discovered there seems to be a trend for producing a portrait that looks like a photo, whilst I appreciate the technical brilliance I can't really see the point. The winner's portrait was painted in a style reminiscent of Lucian Freud, but I found the subject matter rather grim,her dead mother. Overall, I liked the entries this year.
One of the gravestones underfoot. Café in the Crypt
Next door in the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing I went and saw the exhibition Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries, which was interesting with x-rays of the paintings showing where/how they had been altered and paint samples proving they were fakes all next to the paintings. Moving into the main gallery, I had a quick stop by the Turners and saw an amazing Stubbs.

The reason for the trip was to go to a mini-reunion with some old-friends from art college. The 4 of us last met 25 years ago... I feel so old! We had a fabulous, albeit slight boozy afternoon, both catching up and talking about our distant past. It took place in a pub near Baker Street, so I headed over early and wandered into Regent's Park beforehand. I am totally flower obsessed this summer, so took lots of photos despite the showery day. 
Clarence Bridge 
 Finally, one last picture from the park:
Feeding geese under crazy umbrella

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Orsomarso's festa di Sant'Anna

Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to be in the village for the Festa di Sant'Anna. I think the photos say it all, although a soundtrack of tolling bells, fireworks exploding, and then a live concert echoing through the valley needs to be played whilst viewing.
My lane where candles were lit in preparation.
The mass in the square
Preparing to parade the santa
The important section of the parade
Got to love the Orsomarso brass section
Coming back down my lane
The Santa following the band down my lane.
The end, apart from the concert