Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Update............................

Dear Friends,
Life is a strange thing. It gets in the way of plans, it makes you take detours you hadn't anticipated which in turn make you arrive at your original destination a little late.
Well such has been the case with my book. Back in July when Christmas was literally months away, I was certain I would be ready by now.
My artist in residency commitments have absorbed all my time over the last 6 months and unfortunately I am behind in finishing my felt book.
On the plus side, I am really pleased with the way it is going and am more than half way finished.
I just wanted to keep you updated on my progress and hope you will understand,
Lots of Love

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Parasol Moment...

Dear Friends,
Such a busy couple of months I decided to take some time off and go for walk down the beach.
I live about 20 minutes drive from our local beach and it is so lovely. Here are a few photos from this evening. I mean I really can't pretend and call it a walk - a meander is more like it.

A brisk walk down the beach can only be achieved in one of three ways - 1) you have a dog that simply won't go at any pace but top speed or 2) it is so cold you can only think about a cup of tea back home for the entire outing or 3) you aren't wading through fluffy dry sand that grabs hold of your feet at each step.

But a day as pretty as today - lovely cool breeze and warm sun only requires a meander or stroll, dreaming along as you watch what is beneath your toes.

Due to the rotten fact that I am I prime candidate for skin cancer, I have to carry an umbrella - even though it was after 5.00pm. So there was I muddling along with my camera, and a basket housing shoes, car keys, purse, tissues, sketch book and pencils, when I realized a lady reclining on the beach was speaking me.
After I finished tip toeing through all the shell grit, little jelly fish and some star fish towards her, she just wanted to say - " I'm sorry to interrupt you but I just wanted to say how elegant you look coming along the shore with your parasol."

I was so surprised. I felt a bit of an odd ball wandering along with my flowery umbrella and yet there in a simple sentence a fellow beach lover had changed the complexion on the situation completely. My umbrella had changed into a parasol and I didn't feel quite so odd.

So as I continued on my lovely walk I noticed many starfish had washed up and they were just so beautiful perhaps more so as I peered at them from beneath my parasol!

Coming into shore. It must be exactly the right season for starfish. I have never seen them in such profusion.

After two and a half hours I was ready for that cup of tea. Just a shame I couldn't stop at one of these lovely beach huts!
Hoping you have a "parasol" moment this week!