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2020 look back #5


 
2020 look back #5
 
In Memoriam – Let these few images of remembrances from this past year represent all those who are sadly no longer with us. Today, the heartbreaking number of total coronavirus deaths posted worldwide stands at 1,807,472, a number that is hard to comprehend. The journey we are all on together still has a long way to go, as we say thank you to the heroes amongst us once again.

je suis prof

Dedicated to the memory of Samuel Paty


 
Once again the Place de la République in Paris today became the “capital of the world” to use the words of Francois Hollande after thousands gathered there and throughout France to protest and remember those lost after the Charlie Hebdo attack over five years ago.

Today they gathered in Paris and across the country to remember Samuel Paty the teacher so cruelly murdered in an horrific terrorist act on October 16th. The words I wrote on my post after the Charlie Hebdo attack on January 15th 2015 were very much in my thoughts today:
 
In the studio today my thoughts are very much with all the citizens of this great city as they walk in their millions for remembrance, for freedom, for tolerance, for love, for mankind, for the future.
 

Je suis enseignant
Je suis prof
Je suis Samuel

Looking again at my post from five years ago…


 

…plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
 

May Samuel Paty rest in peace.

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lavandes de provence

 

Our Lavendes de Provence for Le Quatorze Juillet, and an opportunity to repost the Lavender Story from 3 years ago when our lavender was just as beautiful as it is today.

 

From Yardwork to Artwork: the Lavender Story – 17th July 2017

 

 

 

Our Lavender Provencal is spectacular this year.

This bouquet picked today is filling the house with its wonderful aroma…

 

     

 

…but as you can see I couldn’t resist a stopover in the studio on the way.

 

a day of celebration


 
Happy First Birthday to our beautiful grandson and a Happy Anniversary to his wonderful loving parents. We love them all to bits.❤️

“time for action”


 

“When the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in”…Andrew Jackson
 

Looks like the time has arrived.

the greenhouse quartet

The Green House Quartet

The Barcelona Opera House reopened yesterday with a concert by the UceLi Quartet to the hall filled with potted plants on each seat. The plants will be given to local health care workers to say thank you for all their efforts throughout the pandemic. A wonderfully inspiring story in which the word greenhouse was never more meaningful.

This second image imagines the quartet playing in one of my Pacific Spirit Park paintings.

The Pacific Spirit Quartet.

tick tock

 

“Tick Tock!”

“Who’s there?”

“Wanda.”

“Wanda who?”

“Wanda what happened to the other 793,800 tickets.”

virtual grad 2020


 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 wherever you may be.

A troubled world awaits you all but I know you will be the changemakers we need now more than ever with your courage, determination, commitment and humanity. You give us all hope

6 to 3

The Supreme Court of the United States on the right side of history today…almost. It should have been 9 to 0. Their landmark decision rules that federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.