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When I moved to France eleven years ago my husband was still working and he wanted to keep the small weekend boat that we had in Cambridgeshire so that he could escape for weekend and relax in beautiful surroundings. That was OK while he was working in the south of England, but suddenly he was offered a contract in the Caribbean and within two weeks he was gone.

He never had time to sort out the boat before he went, or even to visit it and remove personal stuff and make sure she was clean and tidy. Fortunately she has always been kept in a marina where they have done their best to keep her safe. Sadly that did not include keeping her in good repair, but she was stored out of the water and was in a secure yard, so at least she was safe.

Now my husband has retired and joined me in France and one of the things we knew we must make a priority was to go to England and sort out the poor old Ostfreise so that we could sell her.

Our first idea was to rent a cottage so that we could take the dogs with us and stay near to the boat yard - make it a working holiday. Unfortunately I couldn't find a  reasonably priced, dog friendly cottage to rent nearby, so that idea was a non-starter.

Then I thought about a tent - we have a small one that we have stayed in with the dogs, but it's not a place you'd like to spend two weeks!     Hector in the tent by WendyMitchell

So I started to search the small ads for something a bit bigger and found a trailer tent for sale. What a wonderful thing it is - bigger than a caravan, two double bedrooms off the ground and two singles underneath the doubles, a kitchen, toilet and loads of space that all packs into an easy to tow trailer! It's a really amazing thing!

Our accommodation by WendyMitchell     Trailer tent bedrooms by WendyMitchell

So we arrived in Dover on a beautiful sunny day     Arriving in Dover 2 by WendyMitchell   and I'm glad to say that this is the weather that we had for most of the two weeks. The campsite is attached to the marina, so all we had to do to work on the boat was walk across the field. It's very beautiful there in Earith and the marina has a lot of visiting wildlife, including a couple of seals   Welcome visitor by WendyMitchell   and a herd of geese (yes, I know it's called a gaggle!)      Alarm clock by WendyMitchell    woke me up very early every morning!

We found Ostfreise in a very dark and dismal corner of the boat yard, so we started work and waited for them to be able to lift her out and put her somewhere a bit nicer!

Ostfreise 2 by WendyMitchell     Ostfreise 1 by WendyMitchell

Eventually she was clean inside and out and was ready to be painted. At this point we thought that the weather might change so she was again moved into a big tent so that she could be painted with no worries about rain.

On the move by WendyMitchell     Ostfreise 3 by WendyMitchell

So, at the end of the fortnight the boat is painted, the inside is clean and tidy and now hopefully, she is all ready for a new owner!
Ostfreise finished by WendyMitchell



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Wendy Mitchell
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Current Residence: The Creuse valley, Limousin, France
Favourite genre of music: Rock and folk
Favourite style of art: Surrealism
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs bunny

Oil paintings for sale

All my original paintings are for sale at very reasonable prices. Please go to my website… if you are interested.
Also all my work is for sale as prints either here, or at buy posters and art prints


From JocelyneR birthday 2013 The Oats are ready for harvest. Macro by JocelyneR
From my good friend cherybery Shining Stars Of Deviantart 2010-2011 by ArtByCher
A birthday gift from JocelyneR Yellow Weed - Goldenrod Flower by JocelyneR
A birthday gift from JocelyneR A Barn In Fall. by JocelyneR


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Ahau2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the +fav !
Oleg-Bardenkov Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Llama!Hug 
TheRafflesia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the llama! :hug: Greatly appreciated! :hug:
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch! Hug 
Lilithaya Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
thanks for the lama ^^
Reevah-Willow Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Welcome to BrightandCheerful!
altergromit Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - that's very kind!
mkmars Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you got a real talent for capturing birds in oil. Your gallery is really beautiful!
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Thank you for the fav!!:iconsays2plz:Little Otis by altergromitLittle Otis by altergromitLittle Otis by altergromit
katr14 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for faving :heart:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, I thought it would be a good one for Celle Dunoise
Pamguy Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav for my photo Egypt sunset 2 Airborne 

I like your Dawn Chorus painting. Is that for the exhibition? x
Pidimoro Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the fav!!! :) (Smile) 
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No probs!
kawoie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That really motivated me to start doing more art.
Thanks, grandma! :heart:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My dad always told me that I could do anything I really wanted to do, and I believed him. So all my life I always begin by thinking that I can, never that I can't. You can do anything that you want to!
kawoie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nawww. xD
I love all your art though, amg!
I wish I could draw like you xD
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