Tuesday, 30 June 2020



I just happened to see an interesting article in the Guardian online about Swifts...

apparently they are loosing nesting places as newer houses and roofs make it difficult for them to find nesting places, and so special nesting boxes are being provided in some towns & villages in uk

Monday, 29 June 2020

Saturday, 27 June 2020



O what fun !

I came upon this by accident when searching for something quite different ... 
and smiled... the ingenuity of whoever made this :)

Thursday, 25 June 2020


Fleeting perfection : photo : c. Margaret Howard

photo : Margaret Howard

From my sister’s garden...beautiful Peonies 
and leaves from a tall Gleditsia tree

Wednesday, 24 June 2020


waiting for sunset : oil on canvas : c. janet driver

It was a beautiful warm summer evening with hardly a breath of air, even towards high tide...
while I was sitting near Batemans tower marvelling at the deep colour in the sky as the sun began to set
I saw this sailing boat slowly drop anchor as people began to stand up
looking for the best viewpoint
as the sunlight began to glow through low-lying mist
and a breeze ruffled the waters, leaving no hint of reflections
and the colours subtly began to change...

Monday, 22 June 2020


The blossoms on that tree I showed you yesterday...cascading down, reminded me of weeping willows
...and then I remembered these glass panels I made a few year ago...

acid-etched antique glass: c. janet driver

...today I would like to share with you some details from these acid-etched weeping willow patterns I cut into deep green and blue layers of flashed  antique glass... the acid cuts its way right through from the dark surface layer of deep green glass to reveal the bright yellow-green below...taking several hours of painstaking work... but the light shining through is really beautiful  :)

acid-etched antique glass: c. janet driver


I have been watching each day as this tree slowly turned from pale greens to brilliant yellow...
 this morning it was just so beautiful... I opened the back door to see cascades of yellow blossoms almost down to the ground...

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Thursday, 18 June 2020


Pyfleet Races : oil on canvas : c Janet Driver


good camouflage :)

safe indoor sunbathing...

...this morning I was woken up by laughter as  our cat walked all over me... and quickly curled right up under my chin, purring away...
... and then...
I groggily began to realise she must have been caught out by a sudden shower of rain :(

Tuesday, 16 June 2020


Just look how this glass comes alive when the sun shines through :)

You would hardly think this was the same place, would you !


dancing hanging basket : oil on canvas : janet driver

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Sunday 14th June

a rose from our garden


the scent of lilies in the rain : oil on canvas : c. Janet Driver

A few years ago now, my sister and I were walking through some gardens where an exhibition was being held... it began to rain that very fine summer rain...and suddenly as we turned a corner there was this amazing scent ... these lilies... I just had to paint them, with drops of rain and the sun just beginning to shine...

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Thursday : Corpus Christi : thanksgiving for Holy Communion

Emmaus : canonesses.co.uk
Last Supper : Lorna May Wadsworth

Last Supper : Ravenna Mosaic c 5 - 6th CenturyAD
 Last Supper : Siege Koder

Friday, 5 June 2020


Martin Luther King & Civil Rights movement


Friday June 5th : World Environment Day

stained & etched glass ready for window below c. janet driver
climate change window commissioned by the School of Life Sciences, Whitelands College  & made by Janet Driver 1998/9

This year the 45th United Nations World Environment Day is seeking to raise awareness of biodiversity issues worldwide... 

at the same time thousands of people are petitioning the UK government to prioritise green initiatives when it plans to kickstart the economy after the Covid 19 lockdown... 

and this all reminded me of how my research for this climate change window raised my own awareness... 
and just how many of the scenarios we then envisaged “some time in the future” have actually happened much earlier...during the last 20 years...

what can you see in that window ?

...a large part of it foretold the tsunami... & continual problems with flooding...immigration... terrific wild fires so recently in Australia... & far more...

45 years...20 years...    can the next 5 years after this pandemic make all the difference ...?

African Mirage, glass panel c Janet Driver

Wednesday, 3 June 2020


hot, dry weeks of evening sunlight : c.janet driver

posted in celebration of the first garden waste collection after the ‘lockdown’ in March !    :)

...painted some years ago when I noticed the fragile beauty of this dandelion lit up by the evening sun shining low across our sunburnt back garden where nothing much survived except these beautiful seed heads... hot & dry like this year... 

and then when I put this painting in my solo exhibition at Denbies Vineyard someone made my day by buying it as a special celebration of her birthday...  :)


early morning mist : c. janet driver (oil on canvas )