It's all been really rather busy
lately with Family Urbani
- are you sitting comfortably?
Then I'll begin.
In October, Top Son Luke
left paid employment as a barber,
(with our support and encouragement)
to give himself time to reconsider his future.
After some thought he applied for University
and last week, following an interview and
discussion over his portfolio (including a film
of Grant speaking about his experiences as a police officer
over the past 30 years interwoven with images),
he was offered a place at
study Film and Film Production.
He'll start the course in September.
We are so happy and excited for him.
In the meantime he's bumping up his savings by
working as a barista in Costa Coffee
- the student life doesn't come cheap these days!
Missy loves her 'Toy Boy',
he plays great games with her.
Hope has also applied for University
and last week had an interview at
to study Model-Making.
All seemed to go well but
she's still waiting to hear if she has a place
- please keep your fingers crossed for her!
She's got interviews lined up at other
I retrieved this photocopy of her face from
her rubbish bin.
I suppose I should be glad that, at 18,
she was only photocopying her face.... ;)
She painted this portrait of me - her first
attempt at both portraits and using
She took photos of me pulling faces
(on her request) and she then collaged
them onto the photo - and it was this collage
that she then painted, if you get my drift?!
We have had Missy the Monster for
6 months (and 1 day).
She's so funny and clearly thinks she is
much bigger than she actually is.
The postman is not her friend.
She did, however, make friends with a soft toy
and couldn't understand why it didn't respond
to her attempts at friendship!
Grant and I have been busy building our business
and our team is growing :)
If you are in the UK and would like to either
(my email button is top left of this blog,
above Raspberry Beret),
I'm very happy to explain what it's all about.
I was at a petrol station recently
and spotted these little gravestones within
the forecourt area.
It appears to be a little pet cemetery
and I guess that a condition of sale of the land
on which a house previously stood
is that these little stones are maintained.
Some of the inscriptions are rather bizarre
and, while sad, also comical in the
way they are described.
It must have been carnage on those roads
in the 1930s :(
Well, Small Cat is still with us -
she is heading towards 19 years old
now. Not bad for a cat with serious kidney
disease who wasn't going to last long,
4 years ago
(when we fostered her from the rescue centre)!
That's about it really,
and if you've reached thus far
you should reward yourself with a
chocolate bar or a stiff whiskey!
Thanks for dropping by,
bye for now!