Alet Gardner

Alet Gardner

Hi there! I am an South African expat, living in the lovely Kent countryside in the UK.
I love everything meaningful and beautiful - so I try my hand at photography, painting, embroidery, needlework, cooking and writing.

My inspiration for all of this: the people that I love,
and the love that God has for me.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:41

Setting up camp in the desert

An important part of warfare in the desert: setting up camp, or rather digging in.

Monday, 06 February 2017 18:06

About designer shoes and Oscars

While on holiday in the lovely Cape, my dear friend Esthie decided to buy me a pair of shoes, to symbolise the beautiful feet …

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 16:30

Battlefront Cook in Egypt and Italy

Like a veritable Indiana Jones, Danie had to be enormously practical and resourceful – as a cook in North African desert field kitchens, in the POW camp kitchens of Benghazi, Sardinia and Italy, as a foraging escapee in the hills of Tuscany, and as a volunteer fighter in the Italian Resistance. He had entered the war with the naive ideal of saving the world from injustice, remained cool and compassionate despite the horrors of war, and finally found that his marriage and family were his most precious possessions, especially being able to enjoy these in times of hard-won peace. Then, more than fifty years later, he had the ultimate experience of being guest of honour at the Castello di Montalto in Tuscany, where he had had to steal or beg for food during the war.

Saturday, 15 October 2016 09:01

Day 3 - Cutie called Trisha

Day 3 and we are visiting our children in sunny South Africa. What other subject to paint than this delightful little girl who came to work with her mother - espcially to meet ugogo (grandmother)

Saturday, 15 October 2016 08:41

Cook in training

Our young hero learning to feed the forces at the Pretoria Police College - peeling a mountain of potatoes, making notes, AND finding time to take the love of his life to the Burgers Park in Pretoria.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 20:53

10 Feb 2016 - Sleeping warthog

Day 2: Painting miniatures was still very new to me. Here I tried an approximately 10x10cm pencil sketch on handmade paper. The subject: a sleeping warthog, seeing that I was in the South African Bushveld and found this an unusual take on a well-known inhabitant. My later paintings ended up being the size of a British £1 coin, so i might have to re-do this guy for my planned exhibition at the end of the 366 days.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:31

Kintsukuroi - the wonder of healing

Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, "golden repair"),[1] is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered goldsilver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.[2][3][4] As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise - Wikipedia


Apparently this art form became so popular with collectors that some were suspected of purposefully breaking their precious porcelain or pottery to be repaired by kintsukuroi!

Monday, 15 August 2016 14:38

Oefenlopie in Windhoek

Die jong konstabel, Danie de Jager, in die kookspan in Windhoek - min wetende dat hy hierdie vaardighede sou toepas in die skeepskombuis onderweg na Alexandrië, in die veldkombuis in die woestyn van Noord-Afrika, in die krygsgevangekampe van Benghazi en Italië en selfs as ontsnapte krygsgevangene wat kos moes bedel of steel. 

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Kleintyd sonder televisie was ‘n groot seën vir my pa se sewe kinders - wanneer die gier hom gepak het en hy begin oorlogstories vertel het, het ons aan sy lippe gehang.  Die enigste klagte: dat die gier soms wyk en die storie dan sommer opdroog.  Ons kon dit ook nie na willekeur aanskakel nie

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 14:58

A year's worth of mini paintings

I started on my birthday, 9 February 2016, with a challenge to produce one miniature painting per day for a year...