A real life Simba



Here he is in all his glory and rescued from this:


Yes, this beautiful creature named Simba was rescued from a cage in France and, as I write, has now been transported back to the land of his ancestors: Africa. All this done by the charity Born Free. You can read the full story by following the above link.

My next picture is of the fictional Simba from the Walt Disney story of the Lion King. It is a tapestry and it cost £1.50.



Not only the Fuchsia…

but the Begonia, the Lobelia, the Magnolia and the Plumeria (to name but a few) were discovered by the French botanist, Charles Plumier (1646-1704).

Charles Plumier was originally a Franciscan monk, vegetarian and botanist to Louis XIV of France. He travelled far and wide and during his lifetime documented 4,300 plants and 1,200 animals. He discovered the Fuchsia on the Caribbean island then known as Hispaniola between the years 1697-1677. Here is a picture of his original drawing:


And here is a painting on silk done by Pam Stanley and handmade at the Seion Weaving Centre in Llanberis, Wales. I can’t find any information about Pam or the Weaving Centre. However this does not distract from this beautiful depiction of Fuchsias and it only cost me 99p. I am sure Chas would have approved and given it a home.


What a difference a frame makes!

I found this next original watercolour looking very sorry for itself. The frame and the way it was carelessly mounted on a piece of paper completely distracted me from the painting itself. It was only when I brought it home that I realised what a very good painting it was. There are no clues as to who the artist is or where it was painted. On the back it says ‘Happy Mothers Day 1962 Mum’ which already makes it over 50 years old (half an antique!). Was it to Mum or from Mum? We shall never know. Here it is:


I carefully removed the painting and placed it over another with a mount and a good frame. Now, look at it. Wouldn’t it grace any wall? It only cost £1.95 and I am very pleased to have rescued it, I just need to find it a new home….


Why do dogs and cats fight?


The internet is full of answers to this question but it is generally thought that they fight because both are predators. Another reason is that dogs are descended from wolves and are therefore pack animals whereas cats are solitary and will immediately take flight. Not sure about that one as I have seen cats stand their ground In front of dogs (see above photo). Whatever the reason it takes me on to my next original art work.

This is a limited edition print numbered 166/500, entitled Maxwell and signed by the artist, R. Samaraweera of Llanfyllin in Wales. It is labelled “A hand painted limited edition wood block print individually engraved and printed by the artist”. It only cost £1 and similar works by this artist go for considerably more on various auction websites. Being a bit of a cat person myself I couldn’t resist re-homing this one.


What would Toad have thought?

Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows, retired to a town by the Thames called Pangbourne in Berkshire. The famous illustrations for that book were done by E H Shepherd said to have been inspired by the River Thames in that spot.


“…the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”
Wind in the Willows

Which brings me neatly on to my next picture. This is a print numbered 721/850 and signed by the artist Valerie Burton. The title is The Thames at Pangbourne. Here it is:

And here is the actual Thames at Pangbourne:


I think Toad would have said “it is all rather lovely”!

The Legendary Cangjie

Not only a man with four eyes and four pupils but the one who created the written language in China about 4000 years ago.
Legend has it that Cangjie worked for the Yellow Emperor who ordered him to find a new way to count his livestock. To cut a long story short Cangjie took his inspiration from different animal footprints, i.e. every animal has a unique one and so symbols were used to represent different things. On the day that Cangjie had his Eureka moment grains of millet rained down from the sky in celebration but ghosts cried during the night believing that it would lead to deceptive and deceitful behaviour.

This next original picture has upon it the symbols that represent Double Happiness. It was created by Shao-Cheen Laine. It only cost £1.95 which isn’t much to pay for double happiness.