October was an absolute write off! The Thursday after coming back from London I woke up with no voice and that lasted three days. That then went everywhere and I was knocked sideways by the most horrendous cold thing and was in bed for 12 days. Never been so ill with just a cold! Of course there's no use going to the doctor as there's nothing they can or will do so home remedies it was! John makes a pretty mean hot toddy I must say. Just recovering from all that and my Hiatus Hernia rolled rather nastily which caused a bit of worry for a few days, but it's ok and no mad dash to hospital this time! And my cold has come back, but it feels normal this time thank goodness.
Whilst all this was going on I missed going to the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally and I was gutted!! I had a long list of to do's, plenty of galleries I wanted to visit and a few people to meet up with. All passed and not even a sniff of those lovely halls!! I have now taken a huge leap and booked my hotel and a train ticket to Harrogate at the end of this month!! Scarey going all that way without my rock beside me but I know he will be following my on my Find my Friend thingy so with me in spirit. It was wonderful when I went to Paris on my own knowing he was there in ther ether like my guardian angel.
One of my Facebook groups raises lots of money for Pointer charities and it held a raffle some time ago which I won a prize of a painting of one of the dogs. The lady who initially said she would do it backed out but I was thrilled to be told that Michelle Diprose, an amazing artist and also a mad Pointer owner, would be doing it instead. Look what she did of my boy Ruger!! Isn't it fantastic??!!
I can't tell you how perfect it is and I am so, so pleased to have some of her amazing work especially of one of my own dogs.
Being so ill does not add up to much in the way of creativity, lots of sleep but not getting on with things. I did start a long piece for the exhibition next year. It needs a lot more added to it but I had to do some for a photo for the Art Centre brochure coming out for the new year!
I also used some of the boiled eco papers I made back in September to make a book.
You probably saw the start of this if you follow me on Instagram. Link to me, incase you don't and want to. I'm not a prolific poster but things do make it there now and then.
It's 6 x 7 inches and will be for the exhibition too.
Now days are drawing in as the clocks have pointlessly gone back I feel I'm fighting for time more and more. I'm sure it will be all ok in the end but March is running towards me too fast!!!
Oh and I finished my Embroiderers Guild Course, thank goodness. I now have the Level 2 in Machine Embroidery. I wanted to do the EG one rather than the City & Guilds one as it goes to Level 4 but the incompetence of my first tutor totally put paid to that idea!! Thank you Ms Howes for nothing!!