Collage - Journal 1932...

Collage - Journal 1932...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"In France...

(Collage - Photo by Tavarua)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Philip Glass...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Grilled Wild Hare with Herbs de Provence

 Today...Fresh Game - Wild Hare...Well, on occasion I do prepare something ...


1 1/2 whole Hare(3 - 4 1/2 pounds), cut into 9 pieces - Sea salt & pepper, to taste

1 1/4 cup of olive oil
5 cloves garlic or one whole small round garlic
Herbs de Provence
5 short sprigs rosemary
5 short sprigs thyme - once again more sea salt and pepper


One hour before grilling the hare the pieces needs to be sea salted and peppered. 

Heat grill. Meanwhile, prepare marinade by blending olive oil, garlic, herbs, salt & pepper. Brush the hare pieces with olive oil -  sear the hare pieces on the grill.

Grill for about 20 to 40 minutes depending on the size of the pieces, brushing with marinade and turning them over every 5 to 10 minutes.  Do not forget that the hare will look done before it actually is.

 Look after it by controlling the temperature and basting it continuously with the marinade.

Serve with roasted potatoes seasoned in olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and garlic. Add some thin sliced dried ginger, coated in fine powder sugar.

Tonight - A simple French red table wine.


 Port and a Cigar under the stars - The silence of autumn.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dora Carrington - Painter

Self Portrait - 1910

Dora de Houghton Carrington (1893 – 1932) - Painter associated with the Bloomsbury Group.  We know that The Bloomsbury Group had a strong influence on both art and society. 

 The question is do we consider Carrington's work to be of importance? or do we consider just her Bohemian lifestyle to be of interest?

She studied at Slade School of Fine Art in London.  She married in 1921 and lived with her husband Ralph Partridge and Lytton Strachey. Partridge was educated at Christ Church and had rowed with Doras brother Noel while at Oxford. Dora was later introduced to him in Scotland.

"Partridge was the opposite of the kind of man who normally attracted her. He was tall and broad-shouldered and, in spite of her critical assessment of his looks, very handsome. He was in many ways a man's man, who wore his uniform as if he was meant to and was an athlete. Her friends in Bloomsbury took to calling him the major, and wondered how to assimilate such a seemingly stereotypical and masculine member of the English upper middle classes into their circle. They were to find that he fitted in rather well." 

She met Lytton Strachey (British writer) (which who she would have a platonic relationship) while staying at Asheham House with Virginia Woolf.  He studied at Trinity College and later joined other Cambridge graduates in the Bloomsbury group.  Carrington was devoted  to him for the rest of his life.

Virginia Woolf 1922 - Photo by G.C. Beresford

Lytton Strachey (one of the Cambridge Apostles) - Painting By Dora Carrington

The author of  the book Virginia Woolf's Women (2002) stated that he was: "Attracted to Carrington from the moment he first laid eyes on her, he had boldly tried to kiss her during a walk across the South Downs, the feeling of his beard prompting an enraged outburst of disgust from the unwilling recipient. According to legend, Carrington plotted frenzied revenge, creeping into Lytton's bedroom during the night with the intention of cutting off the detested beard. Instead, she was mesmerized by his eyes, which opened suddenly and regarded her intently. From that moment on, the two became virtually inseparable.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


(All Photos by Tavarua)

Purdey - for the season...

A few photos from Purdey and their fall catalogue.

Monday, October 17, 2011

An echo of the past...

(All Photos by Tavarua)

"The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative art."
- Marcus Aurelius Antonius

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Francoise Petrovich exhibition at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature...

(All Photos by Tavarua)

Where the past meets the present...father and son...

"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice."

Early morning at sunrise and then on our way to Paris.

A visit to Francoise Petrovich's contemporary exhibition at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature with my son.   

Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


(All Photos by Tavarua)

"A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."

"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open."
- Alexander Graham Bell

 " I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any."
-Mahatma Ghandi

"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give your children roots and wings and teach them how to fly ...but be careful and remember that a broken winged bird cannot fly ...