Sunday, 25 November 2007


Sorry about the lack of comments... notes on the photos will be posted as soon as possible (or when my feet touch the ground long enough).

Men from Bristol

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A step back in 1293

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Tower of London

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Special People

A special part of this trip is catching up with old friends. We met with Istvan, Dan and Magdalena in Los Angeles; Sue and John, Jenny andher family; then Virginia who was 5 when she left New Zealand in 1976. Now turn the clock back to 1959. Christine and I were 14 yr olds when I left Kawerau suddenly after the death of my father. Thanks to the 'Old Friends' website we were able to plan this meeting 48 years later.

My travelling companion is my youngest daughter, Delia, who has a long break between her university courses this year. Amy, next daughter up in age, and her husband Paul, are our London hosts supplying lots of love, ideas,and good company during our stay. Thanks guys. We appreciate you so much!
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Hampstead Heath

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The Delaware

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Monday, 19 November 2007


Up the tree lined boulevard, unashamedly modelled on Paris, to the National Art Gallery to see the Renior Landscape exhibition. The audio tape explaining the pictures added to the viewing.... the chidren's version was most enlightening.... and I got 95% in the test at the end. Did you know that this was the era when paint became available in tubes, making painting on site much quicker - a real blessing to artists and models alike.

The twilight view of the city from the steps of the Gallery, looking back down the boulevard was as beautiful as the pictures inside.


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Los Angeles


After the last minute drama over passports and all the final preparations, which always take longer than expected, an afternoon at the Getty Villa in Malibu, north of Los Angeles, was a welcome break.

Below: Istvan and Delia

The Getty Villa has undergone massive changes since I last visited in 1990. The vast display of paintings is now found in the Getty Centre in LA, and the Getty Villa exhibits marble scupltures, glasswork, pottery, jewelley, mosaics and frescos.

Last year I read The Agony and the Ecstacy, the story of Michaelangelo. I am in awe of the work of the artists who created the frescoes and the scupltors who selected marble and spent years creating what we now see.

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Imagine piles of little tiles, many of them in similar shades........ and here is what a clever artist can create.

Friday, 16 November 2007