Homemade Pizza – easy to make and delicious

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Anthony J Sargeant made this pizza at home – good crisp crust and topping of own choosing – good fast ‘street’ food.

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Somewhat eerie etching by William Strang RA in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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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.

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

Detail of Oil Painting owned by Anthony Sargeant of a Child seated on a Shetland Pony

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A much better professional illustration of this charming picture will be in the catalogue for Bonhams sale in their Knightsbridge Saleroom 21st November 2017. Nevertheless Tony Sargeant points out the somewhat mischievous look in the eye of the Shetland Pony

Anthony Sargeant owns this delightful oil painting of a Child seated on Shetland Pony – to be sold at Bonhams Knightsbridge saleroom 21st November 2017

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Anthony Sargeant comments that the painting by JJ Hill is in excellent condition and there will be a better illustration in the Bonhams catalogue – It is a charming painting – the Shetland Pony has a mischievous glint in its eye

JJ Hill – Victorian Painter – large Oil Painting – Child seated on a Shetland Pony accompanied by a dog in a landscape

Supper of flaked Arbroath Smokie baked in a potato dauphinoise with courgette and pakchoi

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supper of arbroath smokies potato dauphinoise with courgette and pakchoi

A delicious recipe from Rick Stein’s excellent book ‘Seafood Lovers’ Guide. For those who don’t know Arbroath Smokies are a delicacy from the East Coast of Scotland. They are small haddock which are traditionally hot-smoked in a kiln over hardwood chips – thus they are already cooked and ready to eat. In this recipe used by Anthony Sargeant the meat has been flaked from the bone and skin and incorporated in layers with potato dauphinoise to be baked in the oven. It is delicious comfort food. Here it is served with a few stir fried courgette and pakchoi pieces.

Flowers in the hedgerow around my Shropshire Home

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The hedgerows are blossoming in the early spring in this part of England – lots of small jewel-like flowers peppering the banks under the hawthorn hedges that enclose the fields in this part of Shropshire. Anthony Sargeant is fortunate to live in such a gentle and calm countryside. The fields themselves are full of ewes and their young lambs still at the end of March suckling at their mothers teats as we enter April.

School life in England 1955-62

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The honours board that hung on the wall of the school hall name all of the school captains (head-prefect) for the period 1930-1972. Anthony J Sargeant, Tony, was a pupil from 1955-62. In this piece he reflects upon the school ethos and regime with respect to Daily Morning Assembly during that period. The school in question had been one of many Grammar schools in South London endowed by the Livery Companies of London (in this case The Haberdashers’ Company) – Thus the school was ‘Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Boys’ School.

via Morning assembly at an English Boys’ Grammar School (1955-62) — Anthony J Sargeant in 1966