Hake fillet on a bed of Sweetheart cabbage with crushed new potatoes

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Hake fillet on cabbage

Superb thick fillet of Cornish Hake cooked by Anthony Sargeant. The Hake was ordered from the superb fish stall in Shrewsbury’s covered market. Carefully pan fried and served with a chicken based sauce on a bed of Sweetheart cabbage. Hake is in the view of many a superior taste to Cod. Shown below is the size of the Hake from which Tony Sargeant filleted this portion. The remainder of the filleted portions were fast frozen (it freezes very well).

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G.Mazzolini painted this picture of ‘Cherubs playing in a landscape’ in the 19th Century

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In a lovely carved Italian frame this painting of cherubs amused Anthony Sargeant some 30 years ago when he saw it in a provincial auction. He plans to sell it through Bonhams in Knightsbridge in the next few months. If you are interested keep an eye on Bonhams listings for 19th Century art.

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

Forget-me-nots in Shropshire

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Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of Forget-me-nots bursting out from a crevice in the stone steps leading to the top part of his Shropshire garden. It is mid-April and the Forget-me-nots are flowering in profusion all over the garden where they have self seeded in their profligacy.

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.