I've been away because of illness, and I'm still not back to full health, but I had to pop by and say hello.
And I have to say a huge thank you for all your encouraging comments on my last post. Gosh, thank you so much, you were very, very kind and generous with your comments, thank you so, so much.
So yes, I've been down with a particularly nasty racking cough, which has now become a cold, and as with all things, feeling sorry for myself hasn't helped me get better.
Just being here does make me feel I've returned to normal a little, and that is something to rejoice over. Don't you find that when you get well after illness, life seems ever so wonderful? I'm not at that stage yet, but maybe I'm getting there.
Whilst I have been pretty ill, as is often the way if you're self-employed like I am, illness is not allowed to get in the way of work, we just have to soldier on, however lousy we feel, and soldier on I have. Mostly.
I've been doing some work on my paper mache figures too. One Evangeline finished but not photographed yet.
I also managed to venture out of the house last Friday night for the private view of the exhibition I'm in, in Edinburgh. I felt slightly drunk with it all. The exhibition is very impressive, beautifully displayed in wonderful rooms. I still can't quite believe my pieces made it into that show. Both works are displayed on some plinths Hugo made for me. A couple of days before the show opened, there was a call from the secretary of the SSA saying that we had to provide the plinths, or my work would sit on the floor (!). So Hugo made two in one evening, and took them up to Edinburgh for me the next evening. I'm so fortunate that Hugo is a whizz at making things, and he missed his Life Boat meeting to take the plinths all the way to Edinburgh.
Righty-ho, that's all I've got the energy for today, so I'll say cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx