Sunday, 22 March 2009


Just back from ma's day dinner at a Szechuanese in Charing Cross Road. Totally fab and fiery food - we were the only westerners in there.

I received a huge bunch of pink and red roses from Dorothy and Julian, and an Alessi taste-huile - individual olive oil taster. Stainless steel shaped like an olive on an olive leaf, designed I kid you not by Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo and Kobi Wiesendanger in 2007. A most elegant and useful addition to my kitchen.

I've been painting the Queen as part of my 'pensioners' group. I shall finish it tomorrow and take a snap. Dorothy thinks I should draw people from life and then paint them later. He is against using photographs, which I understand, but sometimes I don't have any option.

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