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Time flies when you’re having fun!

This has been the longest gap between posts on this blog – and I’ve been posting here since 2009! All I can say is that I’ve been busy with new things in a new home in a new country and have completely ignored technology. No mobile phone activity and barely remember that I have a computer – every week to 10 days I may remember to check for email and messages!

I’ve been helping out my friend in her glass studio making Christmas ornaments and playing with fused glass which I enjoy. I’ve done some miniature paintings but most are in progress and had to be packed away due to the table being required for other purposes before I got them finished. I’ll get them done eventually.

I am starting to make bigger things in glass – coasters, clocks, pictures for framing (florals!) and some pure art pieces. I’ve been experimenting with making different types of flowers – testing how hot/long to put them in the kiln for to get the results I want.

I am EXTREMELY impressed with the NHS (National Health Service in the UK). Amazing service and so far very nice and friendly staff/practitioners everywhere I’ve been.

Covid is still booming here… and I’ve continued to wear my mask every time I go anywhere – just shopping and the studio. I won’t go to restaurants, etc. No way will I remove my mask around strangers! The new variant – Omicron – is surging but the Government here is wishy-washy about imposing “rules” it is all “suggestions and recommendations.” Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have imposed strict rules again, but England… phfft.

I got my booster here mid-December – Moderna for the booster (Pfizer for my first two shots.)

I’m enjoying being a dog friend again. Pippa the Morkie took a few weeks to accept me, but when she did… wow! LOL Seems I’m her best bud now. One morning I took her for a walk around 7 a.m. The next morning she was waiting outside my bedroom door at 7 a.m. I can’t move around my room to dress when I wake or she’s at the door whimpering softly in the mornings.

The weather is warm, not what I am used to for the end of December! We’re at 14C-ish for daily highs! Rainy and windy – we are right on the water here so it can be pretty intense with storms and tidal surges.

I’ve been binging on documentaries this week – mostly about Ancient Egypt. Lots of new information from 2018 and later! It has been awhile since I’ve got new information.

I got one of my diptychs framed – loved how they turned out! They are now up in the living room (aka lounge).

Suffrage & Suffering

When we drive out to the studio we are driving through Dartmoor National Park – sheep and ponies everywhere! One day the ponies surrounded us, blocking us on the road… took a few minutes before they moved to let us go… people feed them from their cars (which is ILLEGAL!!) so I guess they were looking for something.

The lanes here are scary! When you meet oncoming traffic one of you has to back-up to a spot wide enough to pass… Luckily Anne knows all the spots! And at night… !? Forget about it!

I’ve decided, at least for now, that I am not interested in driving over here! Too stressful just being a passenger! Wrong side of the road, narrow lanes, hedgerows you can’t see over/around. Since the last time I was here in 2011 the size of the vehicles on the road has increased substantially! Back then and earlier, it was rare to see a pick-up truck or full-sized SUV anywhere – just the occasional Land Rover on stately estates, etc. The parking spots and roads are NOT designed for the larger vehicles which makes parking at the grocery store somewhat challenging at times!

I’m going to try to get my annual “year in review” post up this weekend. Hard to believe another whole year has passed, particularly seeing as it really wasn’t much better than the previous year due to the pandemic, but I did realize/complete several milestones/important things!