Friday, 29 June 2012

Remember this Cartouche?

Do you recall a while back I posted about lack of time and that when I wanted to write about similar subjects, but from a different viewpoint, on my various blogs, I would use this specially-created cartouche and add a link to one of my other blogs? Well right now, I'm preparing for my first-ever 'Open Studio' - starting tomorrow; and if you would like to read more about it, please click this link to my Journaling blog. Of course, if you follow my Journaling blog already, you will have seen the post, but if you don't - or you haven't - do take a look. I'm off to complete my preparations now; stitching instead of writing. 

This is not laziness on my part; just pressure of trying to do too much at once. Have a good weekend, and do visit me if you have the opportunity (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits for those who venture this way). 

And this 12-year-old sketch isn't in the studio, because like so much lying around this old house, I have mislaid it! Such stories this house could tell - but they will have to wait.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Blogging whilst working


Oh the things I had planned to do on this 'holiday'! Though of course it isn't - and never was - intended as a holiday, but a working 'press familiarisation visit' to Germany. It isn't even over yet, but we (Raymond and I) are skiving today to catch up on other work, to do some of the things we planned, and haven't had the time to do, in a schedule packed with guided tours and information-gathering outings. Each day has been an 8.30-ish start until we fall into bed at 23.00hrs, sometimes later as I filed copy into the small hours. So we have had to 'live with the moment', taking photos through the coach windscreen (though it would have been unfair on our fellow travellers if we had hogged the front seat overmuch). Our images have been more atmospheric than publishable; quick clicks of the shutter to capture shape and colour for later reference.


So this will be a short post. If you are interested in a little more, please visit my Journaling the Journal blog where I have posted some of my journal pages of sketches and notes. That activity has been a personal delight, for sketching has never been my forte, but doing so on this trip has eased my tired brain whilst we have been experiencing all the guided tours that have been so generously laid on for us. Indeed, the whole trip has been sponsored by so many organisations within the German tourist industry, with the support of companies involved in the caravan and motorhome world. (For readers who wonder what is the significance of the cartouche on the left, it is a symbol I created to indicate that more on a topic can be found on one of my other blogs by following the link / links.


Spent the whole day on the idyllic campsite (Lech Camping) where we have been for the last week. So restful when we are here; fantastic facilities and lovely people. Take a look at their website; when online, click on the UK version. Tomorrow, we are heading with the motorhome to the Rhine, very long drive for us.


P.S. I think something odd may have happened to the layout; more likely Blogger is playing up again; I'll have to fix it when we get home.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Day of Days


Please double-click if the text is too small to read as it stands. How glad I am to be alive and to have experienced this day. Even the TV buffoons could not spoil it, though there were gems from experienced commentators. If you watched it on the small screen, you will know what I mean; if you didn't, the afternoon was spectacular; and if you were there, you have helped make history.