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JUNE 2022 Wednesday 1.6.22 Can’t believe it’s the first of June already. Though the studio across the Lane is looking rather bereft of paintings as we slowly turn it into a home for the Ukrainian family of refugees who will inhabit it, my studio here in the house is looking healthily full, mainly of works in progress Thursday 2.6.22 We were to be going up to London to give eye to the boys whilst Henrietta ad Kev have a short stay at an hotel in Kent to celebrate their anniversary. But kev had also arranged with his parents, which means we’ve been let off. So continue in the studio were I count our blessings every day tat we don’t live under an oppressive regime or a war torn country like poor Ukraine. Friday 3.6.22 Sent a little parcel to Myrtle and Rachel in More Hall Convent enclosing small Union Jack flags with a note saying that if after waving them they slide the flags off there are two rather neat light weight drumsticks for Myrtle to use on the makeshift drum she created out of the Christmas shortbread tin we sent. Although she and Rachel are both in their nineties they still make music by improvising with a small group of te other residents. I also enclose a Jubilee Union Jack pen for Rachel to write a poem with. She taught English and poetry at the National Star College while Myrtle was head of Art there and was our introduction to the group of wonderful students she brought along to my first exhibition at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. Saturday 4.6.22 Richard has planted two of the union jacks in the urns on the pillars either side of the gate. He cycled down to buy smoked salmon to adorn the open sandwiches he will prepare tomorrow for the street party here that will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I think she and myrtle might be similar in age. The Queen, who is admired around the globe, received congratulations from leaders around the world and the Archbishop of York at the thanksgiving service she could not attend due to mobility discomfort made the analogy of how good it was she was still in the saddle as horses have always been a great passion. She and the other royals have been frequent visitors to Cheltenham Racecourse.
MAY