Sunday, 5 June 2016

What's Been Happening Around Here.

It has been a busy time recently on the old homestead. Here, if I can find them, are some photo's of recent events and stuff I have been up to.

Emma asked about the wild-life pond. It is doing very well. Full of wildlife. The only downside is that, although there are frogs and toads they have not yet provided any spawn. Maybe these things take a while to settle in to it? Here are some photos I took today.

The best sighting so far was a kingfisher actually sitting on that branch my extremely handsome son George put there in the hope that such a thing would happen.
Incidentally, EHS George has finished at university and is now a bachelor of science. I don't know exactly what that means but I am extremely proud of him. He is taking the summer off and then hopefully he will find suitable employment. Knowing him it will probably involve flora and fauna.

He has found a baby crow and is feeding it several times a day. Make that hundreds of times. We did make sure that the parent birds were not looking after it before we rescued it. Had we left it much longer it would not have survived. It is thriving now, has most of its feathers and is stretching its wings a lot. EHS George is off on holiday soon. Guess who will be looking after the crow then? He has named it Saffire after its beautiful blue eyes. I know that's not how to spell sapphire.

Oh, and EHS George has also made another wild-life pond. This one is in Tricia's garden. It is not quite so big, but was still hard work.

I have finished the corrugated roof and have almost completed work on my verandah at last. All done with re-claimed timber and didn't cost me anything except for screws and nails.

I am now preparing the wagon for painting. Hopefully the verandah will protect it from the sun which ruined all my previous painting work. For American readers, please feel free to remove the H from the spelling of verandah. Here are some photos of Me and Mia the German Shepherd and two with my lovely granddaughter Maisie. I have made one photo look historical.

I had a commission to paint a giant portrait of David Bowie from a new music venue, pub, cafe, dive. Felt really strange painting a face so large but I did it and it was very well received. And then I had to paint two murals of their logo - deep sea eel -  on the garden walls. They liked that too. There is hanging space for paintings and a few of my works are on display there. Here is me painting Bowie. And here is the finished mural. I also made the treasure chest too. Its function is to cover the rather ugly gas meter.

That's what has been happening around here lately. I hope you are well. Bye for now.


  1. Well my goodness have you been busy. Thank you for pictures of the pond. I am so happy it is doing so well. I'm sure the one in Trish's garden will be equally successful. I cannot believe how grown up Maisie looks. She is very pretty. Is she a musician like her grandfather or just holding the guitar for the camera? You are busy with your painting and refurbishings. No wonder we do not hear from you often. I enjoyed catching up with you.

  2. Wow, you have been busy, thanks for the catch up. I can see a visit on the cards, I want to sit on the veranda and play your guitar. xxx

  3. Being in receipt of your lifelike painting of Joe made me thrilled to see your other work. You are extremely talented, John, but then your followers always knew that. I was very interested in reading about the wildlife ponds. You should see mine - it's rubbish. I am unable to do such work these days.

  4. Congrats to your son George on his graduation....he has done well.
    I love the photo of you and Mia sitting on the porch...she seems to like "her" chair a lot.
    Great work on the paintings and the refurbishments....keeps you out of trouble!!
    Glad that things are going well for you.