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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


leaving a legacy…..

I will be going to Portugal on Wednesday to the  school in Olhao – http://www.artinthealgarve.com.       It will be a bitter/sweet visit as David Clark, founder of the school recently passed on.

A wonderful character and man of vision, David has left a very special legacy.

When I was with him in June, we had much time to talk….One of the things that David mentioned was his desire to leave the school as a legacy for his family and artists.

Light and shade on steps at David’s house


Having tutored in different venues around the world, I would say that the school in Olhao is one of the best I have encountered.

David took two old buildings in the heart of Olhoa and performed his magic.      I am quite sure that the hummingbirds must have been with him all along:)

Light and shade


It occurred to me as I re-visited these June photographs, that life is full of light and shade, and that my personal experience shows that those who look towards the light and what is possible, seem to leave a trail of positive energy.

This has clearly been the case with David and his work at the school in Alhao.

Light on the steps….


Along with the beautifully planned physical set up of the School.    David put together a superb team – headed by his daughter Camilla, and wonderful Margarida, whose energy seems to be boundless.     Together, they will continue to oversee and grow the School.

Light and shade on a very hot day.


For the next two days, I will re-blog some of my earlier posts about the school    http://www.artinthealgarve.com

Meanwhile, a hummingbird for David.


A Bientôt