Sunday, 26 December 2004

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hope you all had a good day yesterday. The landscape here has been turned into a winter wonderland. It's beautiful. I even threw a few snowballs.

Getting home was a bit of a problem last night with the rear wheel drive car on the snow. There is a very steep hill that the car refused to go up. The wheels were just spinning round and we literally slid back down to the bottom. Made it home in the end though. A bit of excitement on Christmas Day never hurt anyone.

Anyway off for a walk now to enjoy the landscape before the snow melts away in the sunshine.

Thursday, 23 December 2004


The last canvas of the year has been delivered and I've spent the whole day cleaning the flat. Very satisfying knowing that the kitchen's clean although give P half an hour in there and he's managed to use every pan and utensil. Well not tonight because we're off dancing.

Friday, 17 December 2004

Thursday, 16 December 2004

Bye Bye Revision, Hello Relationship

Yippeeee! P's exams are over.

He's not feeling overly optimistic about them though. In fact he's convinced that he's got less than 30% in one which will mean that he has to retake the other 2 even if he's passed them! How unfair is that!!

However he's been a bit of a doom and gloom merchant in the past. The last one saw a pass when a fail had been predicted, so we'll just have to wait and see.

He probably doesn't want to tempt fate.



Somehow I managed to buy all but one of my Christmas presents in yesterday's post exam spree. I expect some of the presents will be completely unsuitable (like the phone I've bought for my parents - it requires a plug socket which is miles away from their connection point - I realised too late) but I do try!

I'm going to make my sister a dough craft plaque and I need to buy Richard & Louise a bottle of wine but apart from that... the stress is starting to subside.

Just need to finish the painting commission I'm working on. It's a large version of the lily that went in the charity auction. I'm taking photos of the development so I can post them when it's finished.

Tuesday, 14 December 2004

A Special Delivery

The postman laughed at me earlier when I opened the door wearing P's bright blue fleecy hat. Well, it's cold!

I noticed straight away that he was carrying a brown cardboard package that wouldn't fit through the letterbox and my heart leapt with anticipation.

Yippeee! It had arrived.

Opening it, I felt like I had discovered some ancient rare artifact. It was, as ordered, a very old copy of Ronald Searle's Paris Sketchbook.

There's something really special about old books. I'm not sure what it is. I like wondering who owned it before me and how often they leafed through the yellow pages. Maybe it's because of the difficulty of finding an out-of-print book.

It's fabulous!

Thanks to Danny Gregory's blog which showed a couple of Ronald Searle's drawings in his Dec 10th post. I had never heard of his Paris Sketchbook before that and I'm now a proud owner.

Sunday, 12 December 2004


Have a look at this really addictive site. I can't stop playing with it.

Roll on Wednesday

A very common sight in our house at the moment. The first exam is tomorrow.

Wednesday, 8 December 2004

Anonymous Lips

Before I began the painting, the owner of this mouth asked me to smudge his 'stupid grin'. Hehehehe

Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Pastel Portrait

My latest project is another portrait. It was supposed to be a simple graphite drawing but I got a bit carried away and it's turned into a pastel painting at twice the size it's supposed to be.

I would post it here but as it's been ordered by one of my readers as a present I'd better not! You know who you are! Don't worry - I'm still only charging for the price of a drawing - call it a Crimbly present :o)