No.20: The Valentine Collection

This week was a ‘bottle neck episode’.

For those that don’t know, this is the episode in a tv series where it all takes place in one room – normally because they blew half of the budget on an epic series premiere!

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So off I went to Rugby to catch up with my old art teacher and great friend Martin Valentine.

Martin is an accomplished artist who bases himself from a beautiful victorian house in Rugby, complete with a fully functioning art studio and concert venue – his studio is an Aladdins cave of wonderful items and artefacts that are fascinating enough to distract away from anything that might be going on outside.

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We did venture out briefly for a bite to eat (fish finger sandwich at The Merchant) and some tasty Gelato from the main street – stopping along the way to see the recently added head stone for Rupert Brooke that commemorates the great poet – once dubbed the most handsome man in England!!

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Back at the studio we carried on talking, catching up on the last two years, before we headed towards this trips ‘big reveal’.

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But first, some context!

3 years ago I pulled up outside Martins house in my Daihatsu Sirion (technically a car), taming this 0.9 litre beast to a standstill, I headed into Martins studio to take up my place in the guest arm chair. On this occasion the tea pot was nowhere to be seen as we sank a couple of bottles of wine before heading out for a bite to eat (fish finger sandwich at the merchant).

After swaying back to the studio, we tucked into a bottle of limoncello and wound up an old polyphonic music box, before turning our attention to a bag of Modroc strips and creating (drum roll please)…

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My bust!!!

After the ‘big reveal’ and a day that passed all too fast, we headed to a good friends house close by which doubles up as a gallery for the ‘Valentine Collection’. Here they display a number of amazing pieces throughout their rooms, including the courtyard of a Sardinian villa and an incredible perspex cupboard displaying a large painting by the man himself.

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<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<BIG NEWS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I’m doing a charity fundraising challenge in August to raise money for CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – a charity that is dedicated to providing support for men with mental health issues. To find out more, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/conquerthetwatts and donate where possible.

Robin xx

 

 

 

 

One thought on “No.20: The Valentine Collection

  1. Hey, I still miss that Daihatsu Sirion! It was bigger inside than out and took me to some amazing places before it passed on to your disrespectful, er, care.

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