How lovely it is - I'm so happy to be back in my workshop, with all familiar tools and stone around me.
The show was so busy, barely a moment to draw breath, a big thankyou to all visitors and all my co-exhibitors. On the last day I spent time listening and watching the demonstration by Richard Keeton - I am in awe. His work is beautiful and he works beautifully. The demonstration was to show the techniques involved in dry point etching and I have never seen a copper plate so carefully and lovingly inked, wiped and printed. He's very inspiring!
Here's one of his paintings, a watercolour, Old Bantams, I think my favourite in the show. I can only apologise to him that I have reproduced it so badly here. If ever you get the chance to see his work, do - it is exciting and powerful and very beautiful.
I've learned a lot from this exhition, about exhibiting, showing work and about being a professional artist - again thanks to you all for welcoming me and being so open and giving of time and expertise.
Anyway - back at the workshop. Just a few days has seen such changes. Pigeon young have flown and I have two more eggs! My goslings are now quite grown and only have the tiniest fluff remaining on their pristine new feathers.
Vegetables galore - so exciting, I'm picking strawberries, gooseberries, cucumber, courgette and broad beans! Herbs are exploding out of their bed and netting surround - the geese are fond of plucking destructively at my lemony herbs and parsley, so it is fenced off.
It all needs a bit of tidying and weeding and getting under control! The cucumber tasted amazing - I had a whole one for breakfast! Runner Beans have run to the top of their canes - do I pinch them out now? Or train them to come down?
Yes, must have a weeding session, huge nettles with huge stings, docks and others I don't know the name of, that don't pull up easily. Weeding in the rain, tending my vegetables. Bliss.