Who would have thought that time would fly by so quickly, its over a year since I first started writing and so much has happened. Before I fall to recollecting I have to catch up on the remainder of Christmas.
Mum didn’t come down in the end as the journey was too unpredictable so Gareth drove her back down to Bexhill. We made it to see a 2D version of the Hobbit and jolly enjoyable it was too but I don’t know if I’ll have the patience to sit through 2 more films, time will tell. We had one good day over the holiday, weather-wise, and so we went to Exmouth to try to blow cobwebs off. A bracing walk along the beach did the trick with a diversion, on the way home, to Darts Farm for some chutney and interesting cheeses.
It rained throughout Friday night and I was rather concerned that we would not get to the station to get the kids back but in fact the roads were clear and there was so little traffic that we made the journey in record time. The house seemed very empty once they had gone back, but I got out my Lino cutting tools and was soon engrossed in printing my own cards for thank-you letters.
We have been receiving New Year greetings from the far east, with Laurie obviously watching fireworks in Taipei, if Facebook is to be believed. Gwil and Fi are having much the same sort of night as us, watching films. As a matter of fact, we have slight colds, so we will probably turn in early. What will be my New Year Resolutions – well, to keep painting, to lose some weight, to try to be a bit fitter and generally to get out and about more, perhaps join an art group?
Christmas Eve, Vee and I set off to see The Hobbit, but as Bilbo Baggins found, the journey was not straightforward. Luckily I had my mobile phone on me as we got a call from Hyw to say the cinema projector was not working. As we found ourselves by Tesco, we went in to buy icing sugar to have a go at decorating the gingerbread house. Vee took the pics and I haven’t got them from her yet but let us just say that it is not as easy as it seems and well done Brendan from the Great British Bake Off!
We exchanged our gifts on Christmas day, skyped the boys in Taiwan ( first Christmas without
them ) and then went to the pub for 1/2 an hour to wish the village folks a merry Chrimbo. The sun has been poking its head out periodically, and there are blue skies but it is interspersed with rain and as the day went by, there were more extensive showers. After our Christmas dinner, as it was dry, we decided to go up the hill, not only to walk off our dinner, but to set off a giant sky lantern (environmentally friendly one ) well away from any thatch, although its soaking wet! But, just like the cinema, no sooner had we staggered up the lane, than the heavens opened. So its postponed until the weather permits.
The rain has been endless again, so much so that the journey to get the kids from the station yesterday turned into a massive trek to the west (Okehampton) before heading east towards Exeter. All in all we had to travel in excess of 60 miles, there and back, in order to find a route that was open. The trains aren’t running past Taunton and Matt’s journey was further delayed by a fire somewhere near Reading. I think next year we will have Christmas somewhere warm! Its endlessly grey outside now but at least the rain has held off today to give us a breather before the next onslaught which is expected tonight.
The Christmas tree looks lovely but so far my attempts to photograph it well have been disappointing so I’ll wait until I can get a decent picture before I post it.
Loads of things have been happening in the run up to Christmas, too numerous to go into detail and much of my time has been spent painting, but here is the run down of the other things.
Felting – we had our last session and I was quite pleased with the felt I made which was from a variety of local Jacobs Sheep, with some Merino mixed in. I did a fairly basic pattern but its quite effective. I intend making a cushion cover out of it.
We had to make one more pennant each, so I did a seaside scene!
We went to an exhibition this Thursday, at Mortonhamstead. It was a relatively new gallery which has been set up in the old school building and very smart it looked too. The exhibition was of felting and was interesting. The artist has been making coffins from felt. It sounds bizarre but they were very beautiful.
Matt and Mo came to stay the other weekend, we paid a visit to Topsham and on the Monday, after a short walk, we went into town prior to them catching their train. It was a very quick visit, despite staying for a long weekend, but it was good to see them just the same.
Went to supper with the Butts last night and tonight we have just watched the last episode of ‘The Killing’. I’m sure other things have been happening, but really I’m too tired, so I think I’ll call it a day.
Here are a few paintings that I have been working on recently, having done the preliminary work when Vee and I went on our painting holiday in Cornwall. They are all done in acrylic on board, 25.4 x 30 cm. Framed, they measure with mount, 28 x 35 cm. except for Trebarthwith Strand and Stepper Point which are the size of the board.
Stepper Point. £55
Pentire Point £55
Trebarwith Strand £50
Daymer Bay. £55
Stepper Point. £50
Towards Dartmoor. £55
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