If you bid for Lot no 425 on the Authors for Philippines this would be what to expect:
Coffee or tea, followed by a tour around my studio space, upstairs in my small house, held together with spiders webs. If you bid enough I may hoover and tidy, just a little, not too much.
In my studio there are more things than the mind can take in. There are paintings and sketchbooks from 30 years of working as an illustrator, there are stuffed quiet creatures, there is a Mary Fedden drawing and there are draws filled with stuff. And tools. Paints, brushes, wood engraving tools, blocks, linos, a press and a horse on wheels.
If the weather is good we could go for a walk, up the green lane.
You can walk with Rosie who is in some of the pictures in The Cat and the Fiddle. She may talk to you. Elmo might come. Sometimes he does, and sometimes Spittifer comes too, but not always.
You can see Ramsey Island from the top of the hill and if you came in spring you could book a boat trip and sail around Ramsey and see cliffs noisy with kittiwakes and ledges of razorbills and guillimots. Or go for an evening trip to watch shearwaters skim the sea with their wings. The island has grail legends, secrets and stories, ghosts.
And I will make soup and bread and paint a small painting while you talk with me, or ask questions that may or may not have answers, a small dragon or a hare, or even a cat and when the painting is dry you can take it home. Just a small painting. Perhaps a wolf.
So that is a little of what to expect if you came for a visit. Pembrokeshire is beautiful, when she wears her best clothes of sky blue, wild when the weather comes in hard.
So bid now as the auction closes at 8pm on Wed 20th Nov. 100% of the money goes to the Red Cross for the Philippines, and the Authors for the Philippines has restored my faith in the publishing industry as so many in the industry have been so generous.
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