‘The Mogg Conga’: Silly-Savvy Art

A piece inspired by the idiocy of Jacob Rees-Mogg, when he insisted MPs travel from far and wide, to vote at the House of Commons – in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic! As the lesser mortals queue to vote, Rees-Mogg peers down at them, sharing out the virus to promote the Tory version of…

Whatever Takes Your Fancy: Silly-Savvy Story

‘Select something,’ he said. ‘Yeah, I know, you said that before, but I just can’t think. It’s so hard to choose.’ ‘Just go for it. Whatever. Anything that takes your fancy!’ ‘But why? And if I do this, this time, what will you ask me to do next time?’ ‘Who knows – might be something…

Silly-Savvy Art: Panic

‘Panic’ is the final of a series of three watercolour landscapes, inspired by my local walks during the UK’s Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. This scene depicts The Water Mill, in Great Cornard, and is based on a photograph I took, late April, whilst making the most of my once-a-day exercise. An army of viruses move in,…

Silly-Savvy Art: Anxiety

Second of a series of three watercolour landscapes, inspired by my local walks during the UK’s Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. This scene depicts Winthrop Farm in Chilton, and is based on a photograph I took, during April, whilst indulging in my daily exercise ration. A shadow on the garden wall, looks eerily like a mammotholian Coronavirus,…

Silly-Savvy Art: Complacency

First of a series of three watercolour landscapes, inspired by my local walks during the UK’s Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. This scene depicts some industrial warehouses in Chilton, and is based on a photograph I took just before our government woke up to the reality of the impending crisis; hence the title ‘Complacency’. The painting is…

Storm Diary 45 – Outcrop

Storm Diary 45 – Sun 19th April Still ploughing and plodding my way through Mary Webb’s Shropshire. Liaising with a mythical golden arrow, beats a spell in the company of Harry Potter’s magic wand any day! J K Rowling, stand aside – the late author, Mary Webb, is making a comeback! Not that I’ve really…

Storm Diary 44 – Black Death

Storm Diary 44 – Sat 18th April 2020 Sore throat in morning – again. Starting to think I really do have the milder symptoms of Coronavirus. Yesterday’s pangs of the digestive system not so bad. Tragically, the pangs returned on cue, when Hubby and Eldest Sprog suggested going for one of their mega-long walks. They…

Storm Diary 12 – Celebrity

Tuesday 17th March 2020 Second day of Non-Sick Sprog’s home-schooling. That can wait. Today can be a late start. First, I must get to Aldi before all the shelves there are empty. Tesco has run out of tomatoes. And I need tomatoes. Tinned, boxed, tubed or free-fall – I need them! But, before I risk…

Storm Diary 11 – Home-School

Monday 16th March 2020 Keep calm and carry on. Due to my mistrust of the government’s advice, with regards to limiting (accelerating!) the spread of Coronavirus, I’m choosing to withdraw Non-Sick Sprog from school for the time being. But, if she thinks she can have a lie-in, she can think again. Three yells from me,…

Savvy-Storm Poem – Priorities

This poem is based on a painting I created during the Coronavirus lockdown – as, unable to go beyond the boundaries of my family and garden and home, I sought to marry up the mish-mash of colours outside and within.   Priorities Locked in, I find myself, in the place that is the part of…