Combining poppies and inky layers

I’ve been doing more trials with home cut stencils, inky layers and poppies. I guess the main thing I have in mind as I try these out, is getting my hand and head really familiar with the poppy images I want to use so they become my own, instinctive, art language.

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Last year Tony had a couple of health issues, one major, and has not worked for the last 3 months or so. He’s looking very well now and has a clearance to go back to work. The time off has given us time to think and we’ve realised that, at 66 years old, it’s time he retired and enjoyed doing what he wants to do. My Dad died just before his 66th birthday, so that’s had a role in our decision-making. Tony’s been doing front line ambulance work for 15 or so years and, as his boss commented when he handed in his resignation, that’s a long time in a high stress / high adrenaline role.

So, changes are afoot. He has finished work already, bought a bicycle, we’ve sold both cars and bought a smaller car to share (I always had a big car for Mum’s walker & wheelchair) and we no longer have a cleaner or someone mowing the lawns. Tony can potter his way through the housework and gardens etc and still have plenty of time for fishing!

It does feel odd though. Until now, if someone asked what my husband does, I’ve said “He’s an ambulance officer”. Now the answer is “He’s retired”. It has quite a different feel to it somehow…

Our new Toyota Ractis.

Our new Toyota Ractis.

Tony, in uniform, with Mum about 3 1/2 years ago.

Tony, in uniform, with Mum about 3 1/2 years ago.


Forced downtime

I have to keep this short as I am typing with my left hand only. I have severe tendonitis in my right wrist and probably a rotator cuff tear in my right should from my accident back in May. I have been to A&E twice and the Doctor once. I’m on 4 hourly pain meds and anti-inflammatories. I can’t use a mouse, write, paint, use a knife, do up my bra…  Tony has been brilliant, despite some difficult moments. Most of the things I do to relax, such as write letters, paint, stitch, blog, etc, are impossible.

Mum died mid December and I had this whole ‘thing’ in my mind about how life would be from now on; how I would organise myself, what I would do with my time, and so on. Now I m having to rethink the rethink! I guess I need to see it as an opportunity, but I’m not sure what the opportunity is yet…


My hand all strapped up -the tape work on my thumb was painstakingly done by one of the nurses.

My hand all strapped up -the tape work on my thumb was painstakingly done by one of the nurses.

2012 as a blogger

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views. In 2012, there were 57 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 559 posts. There were 129 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 190 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per week. The busiest day of the year was June 10th with 177 views. The most popular post that day was New home office / art room.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

Visitors came from 98 countries in all! Most visitors came from The United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were not far behind.

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