Monday, 12 May 2014

Some discoveries of delight and pondering while I recover

You can tell I have been poorly because I started a new blog and didn't publish it - see below!  I am happy to say that after four horrible weeks, I am now well again although pacing myself because I don't want to relapse.  I am now fit enough to start preparing for the open studios next month; my plans are reduced, but I will still be able to put on a good show.  I'll blog about it in more detail shortly.

Thank you to everyone who sent me good wishes for recovery, especially when I was struck with a chest infection on top of the ears; I really appreciated it.

I did manage to stagger down the garden and take some photos of Spring amongst the wildness too!

So here I am, still stuck indoors and feeling a bit sorry for myself as I struggle to recover from a double ear infection, the result of a nasty virus I became ill with a week before Easter.  You can imagine my horror at not being able to prepare the house, new sitting room and all, in time for Easter and my two lovely daughters' visit.  Mind you; for the past two years they have become very used to arriving and staying here among dust, partly finished plastering, stud walls not finished and a lack of proper dining facilities.  They both told me they didn't mind not going anywhere over the Easter break because it is just nice to come here and chill out after some busy weeks working.  I worry too much. . . 

Antibiotics finished, but still feeling as if I have my head stuck in a goldfish bowl full of water, with maybe even a couple of fish swimming about, the doctor has told me I will feel like this for another ten days. TEN DAYS!  And then it will be another four to six weeks before my ears are properly healed.  I remember when I was a little girl having six weeks off school many times after ear infections and to have to be patient when there is so much to do, is really intolerable. But; there's nothing for it but to devise a gentle strategy of working that does not involve any bending down (makes my head and ears hurt very much), and too much walking about, (makes me feel a bit dizzy). Sigh.

But looking on the bright side: I have just re - jigged the written insert I provided for the simple give away I designed for my solo show last year.  This will be used for publicity and as a give away for NYOS 14.  I have to contact Liz Bailey in the hope she has a spare box of the brochures as when I opened what I thought was my box it turns out I picked up the wrong set. So frustrating!  I will take a gentle run out to Rosedale once I've sorted that problem out, to deliver some to the lovely Kate Jones and Stephen Gillies of Gillies Jones Glass, they are always a pleasure to spend time with and talk to.

Meanwhile, over the last couple of days,  I have been trawling the tinterweb, checking out various artists web sites that I have found via Twitter or Facebook.  It is such a joy to find artists that I'd never been aware of, whose work makes my heart leap!

Freya Purdue -
Tom Climent -
Kim Tillyer -

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