The weather has been so bad the past two weeks, that I had to postpone my tour of the battlefields. Too much wind, rain and hail. I hope it will get a little better in the coming weeks.

I’ve been working on paintings instead, mostly new ones. I lost confidence halfway through the Bold’s panel,Antoine and Oscar so I painted small sketches of various things on paper; been trying out new brushes and other colours. Also worked on Ilion, Nemrut Dagi and a small modern one. Started a fairly large painting ‘Monthléry”, loosely based on a collage of silent movie stills. Plus I’m working on something with a very short submission deadline. I have to finish it this week. Not going to go into detail in case it doesn’t work out.

I have posted a lot of this stuff on Instagram, which seems an unavoidable evil these days but it’s also dirty, quick and easy. In case you want to have a look at it, my account is isabellehiding, where isabelle is my alternative real first name and hiding is short for hiding in the duchy. There are also weird pictures on it and other people’s doodles and such.

Anyway, still completely immersed in the B’s antics. Been reading about Lorenzo and other renaissance Italians. Accidentally saw something on Youtube about a room in a castle where the B slept and which is for rent. Very tempting but also very expensive so I’ll try to find a free version. Unless it’s haunted with a guarenteed ghost.

Been reading about Yolande and Pentecote. Had some fairly sleepless nights and as such had too much time to think. Suddenly realised that some of the clues I came across in the Eleven part of my quest actually are also valid for the B, especially his burial place. That can’t be a coincidence. Must look into that. But I’m running out of time.

My head is full of cotton and I keep running after my shadow. To bring order to chaos, I make lists. Endless lists. So many lists I have ended up in a maze. I need to get Theseus out again. It’s better to wear some armour when facing an undead lion.

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale – Time the physician