Hello there, how nice to see you! It's only been a couple of days since I was here chatting, but it feels longer than that. So, it's lovely to see you again. I hope you all had a relaxing time, and that the weekend didn't zip by too fast for you?
Do you like the photo of Ellie above?! That's my 'special' bucket she's got dangling on her leg. The bucket I use to collect sea glass and pebbles. The expression on her face! That's the expression she uses to indicate she's relaxed and happy, and feeling very pleased with herself, because she's just snaffled something unpleasant she's found on the beach. It doesn't come across in the photo, but she was wagging her tail, the cheeky little madam.
These toy sailing boats, from the forties and fifties, which I used to collect, have finally found a home on a wall. We put them up last week. They had been sitting in the attic for years, then I retrieved them, thinking that I must do something with them. They then sat for another year in a brown paper carrier bag.
Do you ever find youself thinking, "why oh why did I not do something with these before?" That phrase, "actions speak louder than words", often rings in my head..
The weather was raging. Wind, rain, whipped the buildings, very dramatic. We braved the weather, and so did Germaine Greer. She was very impressed that we'd all turned up! I didn't know what to expect from the evening, but I went well equipped to listen, with my crochet in my bag. We had seats in the circle, high up, so Germaine wouldn't have been able to see me crocheting..................(!).................... The talk revolved around the subject of the last forty years of feminism. And she seemed to want to defend herself and her history. I thought that she could have celebrated her achievements more. It was very interesting, and some of what she said was quite personal. I thought she came across as a person who cares deeply about people, men and women.
I know there's a lot of antipathy towards her, but I liked her. I know she divides people and their opinions. I still admire her, however controversial she is.
She did talk a little bit about her time in the Big Brother house, (in response to a question she received). She said she went into the house purely to earn lots of money. Apparently it was filthy dirty from the previous occupants of the house. And Big Brother bullied one of the house mates. She wasn't in there for long, because she left early, to "save her credibility." And she still got paid lots of money despite leaving early, because she brought lots of publicity to the programme.
I felt I was watching and listening to an icon, and that it was a privilege. She's seventy years old, which seems unbelieveable when you see her. She's been on an extraordinary journey, during her life so far, which I think she feels is far from over. And she didn't seem have to lost any energy. Still a ball of fire!
Changing tack slightly, I managed to do some crocheting towards my blanket during Germaine Greer's talk, (I had a few squares to do). Then I spent a good part of the weekend working on my blanket. At the start of the weekend, I had the ambitious goal in my mind of finishing the blanket! Which seems ludicrous to me now. I'm still sewing in what feels like a million ends, which I want to get over with before I start on the border. Starting on the border will be my reward for sewing in the ends.
(Have to be strict with myself sometimes!).
So dear readers, another Monday has slid by............... too fast of course. I shall see you tomorrow. Love Vanessa xxx