Friday, 8 August 2014

Driving, Miss Marple

It's been one helluva week,
but in a good way :)

On Tuesday, Hope passed her
driving test.

(She is wearing her 'lucky' Superman t-shirt - it worked!)
She started having driving lessons
on her 17th birthday in November.

On Wednesday, Hope started a new 
part time job, which will fit in around her college
days when she returns to college in September.
Her job is working at the local
kennels and cattery.
There's a LOT of poo,
but she's used to that at home
(from our pets, of course!), and she
enjoyed working with the animals and the
people were nice too.

Then yesterday, Hope and I popped down to
our local rescue centre,
and found our new Fur-Ever Friend!

24 hours, a completed home check 
and a trolley dash round our pet shop later,
we brought home
.........**drum roll**........

Miss Marple!

We named her after the Agatha Christie sleuth
because she is very inquisitive and into everything :)

Miss Marple (Missy for short) was plucked
by Last Chance from Death Row in a Welsh dog pound.
She is about 2 years old and, quite simply,

We are all in love with her.

She has yet to meet Small Cat..... :/

Wishing you all a super weekend!


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Gelli before lunch

I had a lovely day today
when my friend Mandy came to me
for an art date :)

She brought her new Gelli plate and brayer
so what's a girl supposed to do but get
Gelli printing!

These are my favourites from the many
I did....

While we printed we talked.....

and talked....

and talked.....

and talked!

More than once or twice I caught her making
that "oooooooh" sound when she pulled an
exciting print, lol.

Mandy gave me these beautiful sunflowers
and box of choccies (she knows me so well),

this fab handmade postcard....

AND a new brayer.
I can now brayer with both hands at the same time,
there's no stopping me now!

Over lunch in the garden 
we talked and talked and talked some more.

She's wonderful, easy company and I'm
looking forward to our next get together.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

It weren't half hot, Mum!

It was really rather hot and sticky yesterday
 when Hope and I spent the day in London.

First of all we went to the
Summer Exhibition
at the Royal Academy.

(I now notice the sculpture on the plinth behind me
 is of a poor creature being disemboweled!)
 I had read some not so complimentary 
reviews of this year's exhibition,
saying that there was too much to see
 and it was a bit of a marathon.

I beg to differ.

Can there EVER be too much to see?!

In previous years we have gone to this annual event 
earlier in its showing, but this year we left it more to the
end of its run (it closes on August 17th), and as a result it
was lovely and quiet.  We had super views of all the art.
My favourite room, as always,
was the Small Weston Room which is 
stuffed full with small artworks.

After viewing the exhibition and lunch
we wandered through the back streets 
which was a bit disappointing.
I went a couple of years ago and it was far more
exciting visually with lots of quirky displays. 
Tut tut, they seem to be focussing on selling their 
goods rather than pleasing the likes of me who 
wanders in for inspiration but with no intention 
of buying their lovely (but v expensive) 
clothes and homeware...
**sad face**

We walked through Leicester Square and popped into
so Hope could stock up on UHU glue 
(how much UHU can one girl get through??!!) 
and fineliners.  
I may or may not have put a couple
of paint pens into the basket ;)

After that we went to the
BP Portrait Award 2014 Exhibition,
being held at the National Portrait Gallery,
which is free and well worth a visit.

As someone who struggles with faces I am totally
in awe of artists who can paint portraits - and, boy,
could these artists paint portraits!!

By now my feet were SO HOT and
screaming at me to go home.
So after a lovely ice cold fruit cooler,
we did.

Such a lovely day.

Thanks for reading!

ps RIP Clifford our rabbit,
who sadly passed away this morning,
aged 9 and a half.

We'll miss you, cheeky-chops :'(