The First Dozen

Apparently our outside temperature was due to warm up today, but with continual steady rain pouring through the pewter colander overhead we haven’t investigated.

As I near completion of my reading of ‘Crime and Punishment’ I scanned the first dozen of French artist, Philippe Julian’s quirky, yet well executed, pen and wash illustrations. The rest will follow when I feature the book.

This is his portrait of the writer;

and these, the first 11 full page illustrations to the story.

I watched most of the ITV transmission of the Football World Cup Final between France and Argentina.

This evening we dined on fried eggs on toast with a side of tomatoes.


  1. The illustrations are wonderful, Derrick, they have so much fine detail in each of them. Fried eggs and toast sound good. Simple and delicious!

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    1. Yes, Merril. I am told the transfer to Peacock’s management is complete. I just now need to know how to operate it. Thanks you very much

  3. Fantastic illustrations! I think I’ve seen the one of the author before. Reading is such a nice pastime, especially as the winds howl outside. Which they are today. We are all hunkering down in anticipation of an ice storm. I’m glad we have no travel plans for Christmas.

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