We seem to have had plenty of the ‘white stuff’ this year and it is only the 19 January. We had near blizzard conditions earlier this week and I thought it was melting away but have just looked out the window to find the roads are covered again! At least my snow shovels are getting plenty of use but I will have to put off going to Galashiels to collect my Clark’s shoes a bit longer. Luckily they keep them at the store for 2 weeks.
Laurie has announced that he and Nicole will be getting married on the 4 April in Singapore so all my love goes to them for a happy future. Hyw is hoping to go out there to see them, probably June or September.
Last night was ‘ladies night’ at ‘The Daffodils’ and we had a very pleasant meal at ‘The Plough’. Hyw got his tie, a navy polyester job with an embroidered daffodil, it has a wipe clean surface so no worries about spilt egg!
I have started painting again after a break of almost 9 months. To start with, I am working on a decorative piece to get my hand back in, using gouache which is easy to handle. It is surprising how hard it is, as much of it is confidence as anything. Oh well, time will tell.
My daily walks have taken me along the river bank and with my new wellies I have been able to wade in and across the shallow bits of the river. I have been looking at the river bank with new eyes, almost beachcombing as the river ‘rises and falls’ quite dramatically, very suddenly. I have been finding bricks, and since visiting Katherine and Stephen, I have realised the significance of them. There are quite a few of them so I am sure I will build up quite a collection in no time. As well as bricks there are quite a few other oddities that turn up.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone where the EARL brick comes from and also any ideas as to what the cone shaped item is. I think it may have been a fire extinguisher but I would be grateful to have that confirmed.