#55 Sweet pea 2021

This is an original watercolour painting on A4 300 gsm paper. Prince includes postage in Australia. Here is her story: It was time, it made her restless, all the years since he’d gone, she’s readied herself and the earth for the sweet peas. Their old gardens, the ones he’d loved were perfect for sweet peas. Plant them after St Patricks day, before a date in May I cannot remember. He always said that, now we did. She did. The digging began in late summer, compost, and mulch, to give the seeds the best chance. It was a process of love this preparation, this time invested in getting the flowers. The flowers he loved. They loved. Truth was it was too hot where she now loved. Too shady in the jungle shed grown to protect the house from the strong summers, a cool shady refuge for the birds and her. For us. I will always think of these moments and remember their loves. Flowers in a @bison vessel, stunning in their simplicity, on that crazy tablecloth.

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It is a story of justice, of loss and recovery, above all a story of hope and discovery.

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Twice in his life James asks the answerless question. Why? He has no choice but to change everything, and he and Lilly move to Aurora, an island in the tropics. There he resists the outside world, working to stay in his cocoon, but it’s not enough – he has to find a reason to go on – for Lilly.

Decades pass and he creates a world-standard resort, where vacancies are rare and his rules unapologetic. His manifesto is like him, simple and unusual in an industry given to excess and luxury. Guests must live by the rules of sustainability – bring no harm to the island. Agree, or don’t come. He sustains the island, and she sustains him.

Event number three sees James become a grandfather. It is unexpected as Lilly, unprepared for freedom off the island, falls pregnant with Marnie.

Then, on a normal day in paradise, the British Royal family reserves the entire island and James commits to complete secrecy. James has little choice but to agree, never imagining the outcome.

Self-serving Paddy hears of the visit, and sensing a payday telling his uncle, Kevin, a lifetime slave to the IRA. Kevin is in exile, and desperate to return home – he has one more hit in him. 

Desperate to get to Aurora to make the hit, Paddy ruthlessly targets and lures Jennifer, a naive travel agent to help them get to the island. Jennifer is conned by his attention. The die is cast and a bomb goes off marking a fourth devastating event for James.

As time goes by, an unlikely team on the island work to unravel the case. Jennifer, Steph—who comes to help with Marnie – become obsessed with the crime and taking justice for James— and Anna, manager of Aurora. The three women have a reason to fight for James. One, a woman spurned, one in love and one loyal friend. They are a forceful combination on the side of James.

The trio piece together the puzzle with the dilemma of justice, all consuming. When James realises what they are doing for him, he steps up and is the force everyone else knows he can be. He is humbled by the dedication of those around him, who give him strength to fight, for justice, for life and for himself. From the ashes comes life and hope.

It is a story of justice, of loss and recovery, above all a story of hope and discovery.