Hoovering Up the Holy Carpet: An Artist’s Life and Travels: Volume 1: The Accidental Artist

For lovers of History, Art and Travel. 
This saga chronicles life and world travels as an artist and the title refers to an amusing phrase that sent me off on my artistic adventure.
I hope my story will inspire readers to be brave in their artistic endeavours and possibly travel to wonderful places … or just enjoy accompanying me on the journey. 

Hoovering Up the Holy Carpet. Volume 1

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Price £9.99 + p&p

Published: 2022
Book Type: Paperback 152 x 229 mm (147 pages)

Illustrations and images for BOOK 1 

The Duke sisters, Newcastle upon Tyne . 

l to r. Rene, (Mary Irene), Bertha, Lily, Caroline May ( Grandma), Constance.

Colin singing at Uncle Pat’s Mission. Whitley Bay beach

Charles Miller Duke

Charles Miller Duke. Northumberland Fusileers

Herbert Taylor WW1

Newmans newsagents. Whitley Bay

Newmans newsagents.Station Road, Whitley Bay. Frank Newman with Grandad and Auntie Rene

Jenkinsons glaziers. Uncle John and Colin

Joyce, Granddad, Ella & Grandma. Myrtle Bank, Prestwich.

Joyce, Grandad, Ella & Grandma. Myrtle Bank, Prestwich.

Jack Fry and Connie Taylor Engaged

Jack Fry RAF. Middle row far right.

Uncle Fred, Connie, Linda & Grandma. Myrtle Bank

With baby John, Kingswood

With Vic, uncle Tom & cousin Diane, Whitley Bay Beach

Family gathering, Roxburgh Terrace, Whitley Bay

Family on the Beach with Vic. Whitley Bay

Coronation street party. Cleeve Hill Extension, Downend 1953


On the Ruby, with John and Diane. Lake Windermere.

Duncan House School

Sixth formers last day. Duncan House

Final Year Physio Set BRI 1965

BRI Physio Dept.1965. Miss Webb’s retirement



Rob, David and James. Castle Farm

David and Granddad Taylor. Castle Farm

Rob & Clifton College Chamber Orchestra


David and Peter Clay. Clifton College Sports Day

Watching the spinning, Beamish

Auntie Ella, James and Rob. Alnwick

With David and Jame. After the match

Paddy, Beaconsfield Road.

Connie at the Garden Festival


Connie at the Trump Tower, New York 1989

Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York

Pizza in New York 1989


Connie at Cape Town Market 1990

Waiting to go down the gold mine SA. 1990

Breakdown on safari. Sabi Sabi. 1990

Tribal dancing, HeIa safari. 1990

Sundowners on safari. March 1990


Valley of the Queens, Queen Hapsetshut’s temple, Egypt

Solitary in the Hall of Columns, Karnak.

David and Linda, Denderah. Egypt.


Standing stones, Callanish, Isle of Lewis

Castlebay, Isle of Barra


Vietnamese welcome

Ho Chi Min Mausoleum, Hanoi

Peasant girl on the road to Danang

Fishermen, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Boys, buffalos and paddy fields, Vietnam

Village market, Vietnam


Vietnamese village schoolchildren

Making the Non La

Willie on board, Halong Bay


Connie in Paris

Anne-Marie receiving her Doctorate, Sorbonne, Paris


British Embassy residence.Rome

Across the Palatine, Rome

Connie in the Vatican, Rome.


Lacemaking pillow

Bruges, Honiton, and torchon lace

Connie wearing the Bruges lace collar


Exhibiting at the Bristol Guild.

First Surgery Exhibition. After the hanging.

Exhibiting with ‘the girls’.