Wild Sea Bream filleted and cooked by Anthony Sargeant for a September supper in Shropshire

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Alliteration is fun – but also the sea bream with crispy skin was delicious. Served on a bed of Sweetheart cabbage with a few crushed potatoes. Easy to prepare and inexpensive.

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‘Season of Mists and Mellow fruitfulness’ in Shropshire

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Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of an autumn sunrise from the bedroom window of his Shropshire home at 6.39am on the 28th September 2017. The glories of the ever changing English Countryside never cease to delight.

Etching ‘The Visit’ by William Strang RA in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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The etching is one of 24 by William Strang RA (1859-1921) in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant – this one is entitled ‘The Visit’.

During his lifetime, Dumbarton-born William Strang (1859 – 1921) built up an international reputation as a highly skilled and imaginative printmaker, portraitist and painter. His diverse subjects ranged from the fantastic to the very real, including uncompromising depictions of contemporary life and the effects of poverty and social injustice, landscapes, subjects from the bible, bewildering allegories, and narrative illustrations. He was also a prolific and highly successful portraitist.

Anthony J Sargeant bought this etching at Sotheby’s in the 1980’s

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‘In a Rose Garden’ was painted by Sir Laurence Alma-Tadema (signed Bottom Left in pencil) and the etching made by Leopold Lowenstein (signed bottom right). It was bought in its original frame from the Conduit Street, London sale rooms of Sotheby’s by Anthony Sargeant. The image measures 34 x 45 cm.

Anthony J Sargeant recently bought this splendid 19th Century Caucasian rug

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Caucasian Rug 1.08 x 3.0 m

It has good natural colours (no synthetics). It measures 1 x 3metres) and has an interesting camel coloured outer border with various motifs within it including human figures and an animal. It is worn with low areas and some old repairs. Nevertheless the plan is to make it secure and give it a service clean before hanging without seeking to repile any worn areas. It is what it is is!

Electric cars: What is the true environmental cost?

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Anthony Sargeant has a question: Has anybody calculated the environmental cost of mining the metals and manufacturing the massive (and limited lifetime) heavy batteries that power electric vehicles?
Then add in the fact that transporting the batteries imposes an energy cost and the electricity has to be generated somewhere, somehow.
Then there are large energy losses along the length of any grid system of distribution – essentially the further you go from the generator the greater the loss.
It is just a question and I am curious to know the answer since we were told only a few years ago by the environmental lobby to buy diesel vehicles apparently on the basis of incomplete information.

Is there any such thing as a free lunch?