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changed since they left, except for and Jeannie Tangye and the Minack or down to the cove at Lamorna will
my own equipment and a lick of Chronicles); and both members of do the trick. Failing all that a session
paint. I kept all the workbenches and the Lamorna Society. John also has in the garden will clear away any
shelves etc that George built, much various local church duties at St creative cobwebs.”
to Margaret’s delight. I’m very lucky Buryan and is a member of Cowethas In terms of inspiration and who
indeed to have such a great studio Peran Sans and I am in a choir with she admires, Mim says, “That’s like
attached to the cottage.” Margaret Smith. We’re also involved asking if I have a favourite composer -
In terms of work-life balance, the with the local Pagan group and John and the answer is the same; it depends
couple keep things in perspective is a member of CASPN - the Cornish on what mood I’m in. Living here in
by immersing themselves in the Ancient Sites Protection Network Cornwall and especially in Lamorna,
eco-friendly, self-sufficient way of and was recently made the official I suppose I must be inspired by the
life they have created, “We enjoy monitor for the Merry Maidens stone many artists and schools which have
ourselves when we’re working in our circle, the Gun Rith menhir and the developed over the years here such
studios or in our organic vegetable Tregiffian burial chamber - all sites a as the Newlyn School, the Lamorna
and herb gardens deriving much few minutes walk from our cottage.” Colony, Bernard Leach. Other groups
pleasure from working outside We asked Mim whether she ever which influenced me when I was
growing nearly all our own veg. We encounters periods of creative young were the Pre-Raphaelites and
have lots of outside interests too; slump? “Oh yes, of course. I usually the Bloomsbury group (especially
we’re both members of the Old go into the kitchen and have a good Dora Carrington and Vanessa Bell),
Cornwall Society; friends of Penlee baking session - I love making bread many of whom lived near my birth
Gallery and also the Minack Theatre; and cakes and pies. It’s creative, place up country. As well as the work
we are chair and vice-chair of the therapeutic and we can eat them! Or of many of my artist friends such as
Friends of Minack Society (Derek else a walk over to the Merry Maidens Colin Caffell and Judith Kerr, I also
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