Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 520

Pub & Paint

So the thing that I did last night really needs to happen in the UK. I’m sure it is in LondonTown but when I Googled my home town to see if this thing happens there, it does not. I will make this thing happen!

The thing is Pub & Paint! And it’s such fun! It’s taking my bit of America by storm at the moment – everyone’s at it! In fact, as I walked back to my car last night after pubbing and painting there was another group of folks walking out of somewhere else and clutching their completed canvases in their hands with joy and glee and wine in their souls.

The concept is this: You drink in a pub whilst being instructed how to paint. Simples! We were instructed by the patient folk of Pub & Paint, hosted in Portalli’s in Ellicott City. 

It's in a pub. And you paint.

It’s in a pub. And you paint.

We were to paint wine glasses, though I think at one point my friend Andrew misinterpreted this as ‘dead mammals’. His started as a bit of a train wreck, but it’s actually now hanging on the wall in Portalli’s, so all credit to him for managing to pull it off despite the copious amounts of Chardonnay he was knocking back.


Depending on how much you pubbed, the memory of actually painting might be a bit fuzzy, but most of us woke up with a friendly reminder hanging on our wall.

This is mine 🙂

Look, I even signed it!

Look, I even signed it!

Now, readers of this very blog, listen up! I will be giving this away as an early Christmas treat to one of you lucky Desperados!

All you have to do is read this story and guess the missing USA state:

Once upon a time I decided that Claire was a very boring name and wanted to call myself something else.

So I reached deep into my psyche, and since I had a fascination with the Land That Calls Itself America (fyi, I’m about age 15 at this point in my life) I decided to call myself after four USA states or places. (Blush). (The Shame).

These are three of those four states or places in order, with the third name/state missing:

Phoenix Alabama ……. Savannah.

Can you guess the third missing state from this almost-Redneck name I gave myself back in the 1990s? (Friends, can you remember?!!!)

Answers via a gloriously quick email to

The winner will be selected at random by He-Who-Is-Never-Named (my husband) after his work Christmas do in December.

Get emailing folks – how can you not want to miss having this UK Desperate Housewife USA masterpiece hanging in your living room? 😉

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9 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 520

  1. tim spahr says:

    OK, Savannah, of course, is not a state. Is the missing word actually a state?
    Ahhh too many glasses of Chardonnay for you, too. 🙂

  2. Maryjenmary says:

    I guess Louisiana

  3. ian says:

    I have the answer – but this is insider information!

  4. Iona says:

    Hi. I think you made a mistake with your post title – you have two chapter 519s.
    P.s. I love your blog, stumbled on it by accident a few weeks ago and have read the whole thing since then!

    • Ooh, well spotted (have amended!). Must have been that pub and painting thing that made me wonky!
      Welcome Iona! 🙂

      • Iona says:

        Thanks 🙂 Pub and painting sounds wicked, I wish we had it in Oxfordshire… As an artist I can say from experience that when you’re busy concentrating on a picture it’s very easy to get wonky, I’m usually so absorbed in what I’m doing that I can easily keep downing the drinks without any idea how many I’ve had!

      • Iona, I’ve a feeling I might know what I do when I return to the UK…..! And Cheltenham is not too far from Oxfordshire!

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