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Here’s To Strong Women…..and Magical hummingbirds……

Here’s to strong women.   May we know them.   May we be them.  May we raise them.

My Grandmother – Agatha Bowyer Griffiths – 1885-1972


It’s been quite a tumultuous time within my own personal sphere.    Having buried my Mother last December, – my dear Aunt Peggy moved on to be with the magical hummingbirds this month.     Her funeral last Thursday was a celebration of her remarkable life.       I have also lost two other friends……………all of which has caused much reflection.

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Our time on this precious planet is fleeting. – we must never forget this.

Having waded through all the bureaucracy which occurs at these times, I know that ‘this too shall pass……’ – and the magical hummingbirds will continue to drink from the sweet nectar of life  🙂

My Daughter – Christie Griffiths Reed  born 1975 –  Taking part in a Triathlon – Massachusetts, USA

1936994_160987251067_1030955_nI posted these two photographs of my wonderful Grandmother and her Great Granddaughter, my daughter, because they show so clearly that within a relatively short period of time…..how our world has changed.     How the lives of women have changed…..

My Grandmother, born before the two Great Wars….served in WW1 as a VAD nurse, – it is also during that war she met my grandfather,     Between the wars, she had four children, and was involved with the women’s suffrage movement in the UK.

Her daughters, my Mother and Aunt – served during WW11 both in the VAD as nurses.      One son was an army man and the other on the Russian Convoys.

I was most fortunate to have her in my life until 1972.     I was able to spend much meaningful time with her, for which I will be forever grateful.        I gave Christie her middle name after my Grandmother.

A magical hummingbird drinking from the sweet nectar of life……………………..20-11-15 - 1 (1094)When I went through my Aunt’s papers, I was delighted to find that her passport only expired last year – which means that she renewed it when she was 86.     She also volunteered helping ‘old people’ when she was in her eighties and early nineties.     What an inspiration.

It is the influence of these women, including my daughter,  that has given me courage to move forward when times haven’t always been easy – and I know that they will be there for me until I move onto the next adventure……..

I read this somewhere, and believe it to be true.    The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom.    20-11-15 - 1 (1129)

During the last couple of months, I have made sure to paint every day and have filled two big sketch books…..There is nothing more therapeutic 🙂

It will take a while before I get into a flow.      I plan to catch up with comments etc. over the next two weeks and then I go to The Magical Town of Crickadoon for some R & R and of course painting.

And so my friends, I will now move forward with a sense of purpose and joy.

A Bientôt


Remain in the simplicity of the present moment.

Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts.   What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future?   Remain in the simplicity of the present moment….From the book Buddhist Offerings 

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During the past few weeks, I have been reminded of the importance of remaining in the simplicity of the present moment.

My Aunt Peggy was one of those people who seemingly always lived this way.      Recently, aged 97 and receiving hospice care, she succumbed and passed on.      Given that I am her only surviving relative, I am currently involved in organising her funeral which means I will be away from here for a while longer.

Aunt Peggy as a young woman. til August 10 151I have been surrounded with strong, and unusual woman all my life – from my Grandmothers, to my Mother and Aunt Peggy.

Peggy had a great influence on my life.    When I was just three years old and visiting my Grandmother in London, I saw one of Peggy’s sketch books, and it was at that moment that I knew I would be an artist.

I never heard her complain or say anything negative about others.    She always encouraged me.      I feel blessed to have had her in my life.

Peggy at 96P1140070 Nearly ten years ago, Peggy lost her only son, my cousin James – aged 57….and although I know it hurt her terribly she never complained.      Although Peggy was not a religious woman in the conventional sense, she was deeply spiritual and believed that eventually she and James would be reunited…..

I anticipate being away from here for the next two weeks at least…..and during that time, I plan to surround myself and Peggy with magical hummingbirds…..She would like that:)20-11-15-1-71A Benton

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A conversation with Claudia prompted me to make some changes……

Claudia is Madame Nottale’s daughter.     Claudia came to stay with me and my young family back in 1978 when we were living in the States.       We connected through mutual friends…..and  have been close ever since.

Over the years, I have painted Claudia many times, and whenever I spend time with her, she makes an impact on my life…..and that was the case last week in Paris.

Charcoal drawing of Claudia – circa 1995.


it began when Claudia asked me what I thought about the changing of her very busy schedule of workshops, theatre, choreography, etc. so that she could write a book about her work.       My response was to say….she should definitely do it, and not to put it off.

Claudia – at 17 years – circa 1978 – oil on canvas


As I thought more about our conversation, I realised that it’s time for me to make some changes.  It’s interesting how sometimes someone else’s questions spark off questions in ourselves.

To begin with – from now on I will blog once or twice a week….which will allow more time for my painting and writing.

As I have been writing my blog for seven years, and am fast approaching seventy this coming January – it seems like a good time make some adjustments.    Although I have always considered age to be simply a number, I am aware that the clock is ticking and that I mustn’t put the things off that I really want to do.

Claudia during our conversation in a cafe in Paris last week. 


So this is the plan.     I will write another blog on Friday about the superb exhibition my friend Claire and I enjoyed at Musee d’Orsay last week (Splendour & Misery, Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910), and then begin the new routine of blogging once or twice a week.      I will, of course still read everyone else’s blogs, which I love to do.     I learn so much from them….

This will give me more time to paint and produce a book about my own life as an artist which I have been talking about doing for several years!     It is my hope that through my experiences it might help others on their creative path.

I will of course continue to post magical hummingbirds as a reminder of the unseen magic in our world:) which by the way is free for anyone of us to tap into……


A Bientôt.