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St Alexander Nevsky: a birthday Icon

Walcot Hall

I can’t wait any longer, I have to share this. Two weeks ago, a friend from Church (who didn’t know I painted icons) asked if I could help fix one that had been damaged in the post from Bulgaria – it was a birthday present for a lovely, gentle, wonderful priest we know who is celebrating his 70th birthday this week. I saw the icon and said of course I can fix it up, would you like to see my own work while you’re here?

I’m so happy that she liked my work: after discussing it with friends, she asked if I could, somehow, paint an icon for our priest. I’ve never made one so quickly, unless I’ve been on my week long breaks down in Shropshire (where Aidan teaches and Sarah cooks and I just enjoy the wonderful peace and atmosphere of the rolling countryside, miles and miles from towns. You can rent caravans and even converted chapels here at