Friday 27 May 2011


Last weekend we called in on our friends Janet and Steve. Their house is in a wonderful position overlooking the Bristol Channel.

The garden is dotted with some of Janet's decorative enamel work; exotic leaves, faux topiary and hangings.

Inside the house we had a poke around Steve's studio and took a look at the work in progress.

Himself and Steve can discuss art for hours!

painting by Stephen Jacobson

I was amused to see that Steve had got a cast of assorted birds waiting in the wings. I think that they will be reappearing in another painting any day now!

He said that he sticks them on his painting and moves them about until he is happy with their relationship,then he removes the paper silhouette and paints the final placing.

At home we went for a walk in the woods, where, at this time of year, most of the birds have flown, or more correctly have been shot.

As well as the broader paths used by horse riders and the gamekeeper's vehicle there are many small pathways crossing the woods where we walk. The lower area of woodland is often muddy, making for difficult walking conditions, but not this year, even some heavy rainfall overnight has made no difference to the woodland floor.

There are a number of pheasant rearing pens in the wood, empty now of birds but with just the last remnants of bluebell flowers. When new stock is put in the pens in August the electric trip wire will be switched on to deter foxes, not to mention fox-terriers!

There are some impressive old trees in the wood, sadly this one
has lost half its limbs.

But this yew tree is a healthy specimen. Judging by its girth it must be several hundred years old.
Himself is obligingly hugging it to give you a good idea of its size.


  1. Again, you have such beautiful pictures. It is lovely to look at your surroundings. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a lovely artistic household, I really like the idea of the template birds.

  3. Wish I had a view like that from my garden.

    We too live in a pheasant rearing area and we find that quite a few of the hen pheasants escape the confines of the pens and nest in the hedge bottoms of our fields. They do run the gauntlet of foxes but we do see little broods of pheasant and partridge around and it always gives us pleasure.

  4. When I was a young man I joined the Ardley/Bicester Racing Pigeon Club and being a new member failed to receive notice of an organised hunt and thus lost my two best Homing pigeons that I released on a training flight. Such is life in the bird world :o(

  5. Wow, so interesting, love her enamel art! We have pheasants in Hawaii, brought in years ago for the they run around and are protected. Thanks for your always interesting posts. Aloha, Connie