We did our annual pilgrimage to the Hay Literary Festival this weekend which we all love. A very big part of the attraction is staying at the stunning home of Janet Lance Hughes and her husband Time on the Dulas brook, about a twenty minute walk away from the festival grounds themselves. They are such wonderful hosts and the house, which belonged to her father, the local vet is a wonderfully eclectic mix and very warm and inviting for us all.
Guests were invited to come and meet the wonderful artist Janet and to admire her latest set of paintings of Welsh landscapes, in the luxury of her own home. In addition, we were treated to delicious Welsh canapes prepared by the wonderful chef Stephen Terry, who owns the Hardwick restaurant in Abergavenny.
Janet was educated at Oxford University Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and was awarded a Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts, before launching her own international fashion label. Her artwork is held in private collections at home and overseas. Last year she presented her collection of well known Welsh people, a few of which were on display, dotted amongst the lush green garden.
It was such a pleasure to enjoy her paintings in her home environment, where you can really admire all the vivid colours:-
Just look at their amazing garden:-
Here she is in the distance chatting with a friend of hers:-
Their close friend Stephen Terry, a professional chef who was taught by Marco Pierre White created some “tidy Welsh snacks” that were unbelievably delicious, seen here talking us through his selection, which included teeny weeny lemon meringue pies!:-
Here is Helen Lederer and her husband Chris Browne, admiring one of her Welsh portraits of Jonathan Price:-
Looking sultry amongst the cowslip!:-
Jan in her artist’s clothing:-