Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 203:

In my early days at Chalk River, Roger was my inspiration and mentor, even though at a tender age of 20 he was some 10 years my junior. He was also indirectly responsible for my learning downhill skiing. This happened since he was considered an indispensable staff member, because he produced up to fifteen papers a year in a field where two papers was considered quite adequate. The hierarchy was so scared of losing him that he was granted the privilege of taking every Wednesday off in winter to go to a ski hill some 90 kilometres away. He also had the privilege of inviting staff to accompany him.

Bulrushes au Jardin de Giverny by L. Martel

This is an 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas board that I started last week. It is further to the one I did on Monet’s garden at Giverny, France. I’ve never visited the site in person but I saw a video of the garden and took exerts to work on. I think I’ll start painting my own garden next year. It won’t compare with Monet’s but it still can inspire. I find when I take photos of my work I can see what needs further work.

Le Jardin a Giverny by L. Martel

This is an 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas board I started last week. I recently saw a documentary about Claude Monet’s garden. Most of his later compositions were inspired by his garden in Giverny. Giverny is located north, east of Paris. He had a fabulous garden and I too have been inspired by it. You can see the little bridge that he had built and painted “Giverny Green”

Object of my Desire

It snowed just enough that we had to shovel. It is expected to rain and turn this mess into an ice palace. We are in lock down now for another 28 days. Just about had enough so now for the object of my desire….