Friday, August 27, 2010


I enjoy painting portraits of pets for friends and family (only) and I was very pleased with my portrait of Toby for my mother in law, until George showed me his one, rustled up in a matter of minutes, so full of beans.


The London International Animation Festival starts today - hooray! I shall wash and find my raincoat and set off there forthwith. I am lucky this year because I am on duty as a juror and I think that means watching almost all the programmes and a free cobra beer. I'm sure I'll have a bit to say about it all afterwards.
We're home again, a bit dusty and tired. What a trip we had!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Alpujarra's

I wanted to make a tidy connection between my holiday and an earlier post because some of the scenes from Harryhausen's The 7th Voyage of Sinbad were filmed at the Alhambra but I havn't been nearly cool enough to think straight. The Sinbad production was permitted to use the palace grounds in the daylight hours and the volume of tourists meant all interior shots had to be filmed at night.

Anyway for the family members following our progress in Spain (and for others please forgive this interlude) we took to the open road and spent the day in the mountains.

Alhambra Museum

A water trough at the Alhambra Museum showing the common royal motif of ferocious lions attacking their prey.

I think we are going every day Hazel!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tunnels and rills

at Generalife today

Come on! I want an ice cream (me)

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Alhambra

Today, at last, we got to the Alhambra, it was really wonderful, despite being a long and dusty and sometimes sticky and cross day for everyone. We have to go back next week because we ran out of time and still havn't been to Generalife.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


We have made it to beautiful Seville and back.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Saturday, August 07, 2010


We are on a little trip to Spain this month, it's quite hot, we are just acclimatising.