Hello! I have to give you a great big thank you, your supportive comments on my last post have been extraordinary. Infact I haven't got through all of them yet, because each comment is so interesting and valuable, I'm reading them a little at a time, and digesting them, each and every one of them. We're a real community aren't we? Thank you!
I was wondering to myself today, how long I've been doing my blog, and it's over three years now. My first ever blog post was on 13th October 2007, you can see it here, it's very short! I'd been reading other people's blogs avidly for about a year or two, those were the days I had the time to leave long comments on people's blogs, and read every blog entry of each blog I read. My overriding influence was the famous Jane Brocket, who's blog was then called Yarnstorm, but is now called simply, Jane Brocket. (I remember how I'd wait for each of her blog posts to appear with great anticipation). It was her stunningly gorgeous photographs and eloquent words that inspired me to start my blog. I wanted to be creative like her, and express the way I looked at the world through a blog. My comments on people's blogs were getting so long, they were almost like blog posts in themselves, so I knew I had something to say. I ummed and aaahhhed about it for about a year, feeling it was a huge step, that I would have to do it seriously, or not at all. I remember debating the name for my blog whilst on a walk with Hugo and the dogs. "Do you mind if i knit" just popped into my head, and that was that, I couldn't shake it off.
Then I did it, I took the plunge and started a blog. And I haven't looked back, I love blogging, wouldn't miss it for the world.
Whilst I've been developing my interests, and blogging away, Jane has gone on to phenomenal success with her books she's had published. And she still manages to find the time to do beautiful and interesting blog posts. She's someone to aspire to isn't she? She always will be.
I can't see my life without blogging now, it's absolutely integral to keeping me challenged and thinking, and appreciative of the world around me. And long may that continue.
I've been getting excited about the arrival of Spring in the last couple of days. We may still be in January, but my Hyacinth bulbs are 'springing' into action in their pot on the window sill, and for me, any plant growth at this time of year heralds Spring's arrival. And then Summer will be hot on Spring's heels, and happy days, warmth. Spring is my favourite time of year for flowers, I love them all, probably more so because of the preceding bleak winter months.
Whilst I was trawling through my old photo files, looking for spring pictures, I dipped into my paintings section. At the moment I'm very involved with doing paintings of collections of cups and other vessels, either with a background, or simply on their own, so it's quite refreshing returning to these paintings of single cups with flowers in them. I always say to myself, "I must do some more of these little paintings". And then I go back to being involved with what I'm working on, and forget my mutterings. I must have another look at doing some more of these small paintings, there's something charming, simple, clean, uncluttered and direct about them.
I do love brightly coloured flowers best, so just before I go to join my Wednesday night knitting group, here's a splash of colour for you.
Must dash now, I don't want to miss the tea and bicuits at knitting. Or the chatter, warmth and feeling of contentedness. Cheerio then! Love Vanessa xxx