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OK, I know it's Sunday
but I've been busy :o)
What/who's been making my world a
better place this week.......?
I've really enjoyed work this week.
Being a primary school,
we've thrown ourselves into the
Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations!
The children made their own bunting,
found out all sorts of information about
the Queen, and each year group in Key Stage 2
had a decade to depict and all the decades
were put together to create a
giant Queen's reign timeline.
My year groups had the 1970's and 1980's
to represent, and I had such fun!
I also got a blister on my thumb from
using kiddy scissors for 2 days solid (why
didn't I think to take in my own?!) but
it was worth it.
My lower back, which has given me
years of varying discomfort/pain
is now so much better due to a
new high strength cod liver oil supplement
combined with manic Zumba dance classes.
I have had some days when I'm not aware of
my back at all, which has been SO wonderful!
A week off work!
School's out for a week and this
includes the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holidays,
so Hope and Luke will be off too :o)
Grant will only be off on Monday
but that's a bonus as it's
one day more than we originally thought.
Hope and I went to
The Royal Academy of Art.
Being a 'Friend' of the Academy,
we received a special invitation to a
private viewing before it officially opens
on Monday 4th June.
In the past I've always gone along as
Jo(e) Public and it's been really busy.
Well, it was a totally different experience
yesterday! There were still quite a few
people but it was easily possible to have a really
good look at all the 1000+ pieces of artwork,
which are hung in 10 or so galleries.
Pimms was being served -
£6.50 for normal Pimms,
£9.50 for Pimms Royale (whatever that is!).
I didn't partake.
There was a much more contemporary feel
this year, which gave the exhibition energy and
vibrancy and we LOVED it!
There is SO MUCH TALENT out there!
There were the usual pieces that we just
kinda said, "What??!!" but that, of course, is
what it's all about. Art is totally subjective and my
"What??!!" is someone else's "WOW!!"
I'll be going to the Exhibition again,
but this time with Grant who doesn't
really 'do' art exhibitions, so I
suspect there'll be quite a few
"What??!!'s from him!
Luke has taken up drawing again.
I was pleased to see that he had
bought himself a sketchbook and some pencils.
It's a long time since he's done any drawing
so I hope he gives himself time to practice
and get used to controlling the pencil again.
I've signed up for another
Andy Skinner class!
I'm really enjoying his
(I'm slowly but surely working my way through)
and I've now signed up for his
Timeworn Techniques class.
If, like me, you love the look of rust, old tin,
leather, chipped paint, aged ivory, burnt copper,
copper patinas, peeled weatherboard
paint, distressed wood and old floorboards,
then you'll love this class!
20 techniques plus a variety of texture techniques.
I'm frothing at the mouth with excitement!
Andy's classes are the perfect mix of
videos and PDF's and there's also a dedicated
forum for ideas, updates and help.
The class starts on June 15th
and registration closes soon......
Right, I'd better go and do a bit of housework
before settling down to watch the
River Pageant on the television.
I briefly considered going to London to
watch it with Hope and/or Luke,
but I'm really not very good with crowds
and I thought I'd probably only be able to
see the back of the head of the person in front.
So we decided to watch it at home.
I've just seen on the news that people have been
camping in the rain overnight to get a good view
so I think I made the right decision!
There will be 1000 vessels and promises to
be a wonderful spectacle.
To all the Brits reading,
enjoy your long weekend
Long Live the Queen!