Yesterday we had the pleasure of a brilliant talk by Jane Brocket at Cambridge Quliters. COLOURFUL and SCRUMPTIOUS!! She has written several wonderful books including one called The Gentle Art of Quilting
I have missed being here, jotting down all the excitement in my life and finally, I have decided to write a few words before I'm off out tonight for supper!
We went to the V&A together and spent the afternoon in the study room poring over wonderful books depicting prints of birds, finely made from wooden blocks. It was great being allowed to take photos. Here are a couple of the pictures
Just look at the detail in the background. Sensational!
The following morning, we queued up at the Royal Academy in the hope of getting into the Hockney exhibition (I didn't think we had ANY hope!) but we were third in line so we drank coffee and chatted to the others in the queue for a hour.
It was brilliant being there for the opening at 10am as it was quiet for the first half and hour and we had great views of all David's amazing pictures. I thought the ipad pictures were really interesting.....I'm SURE ipad sales will increase as a result of his work! The half hour film show was totally mesmerising and a welcome break to sit and rest your feet. The exhibition goes on and on. Amazing value, totaly inspiring and a great way to spend a morning. I love the pure simplicity of his work and those vibrsant colours. My sort of art.
Note to self....go to London more often! It is uplifting to go to exhibitions and museums. There is so much to see. Oh...and what happened to the ghastly pollution that used to get into your clothes and up your nose? GONE!
We saw the incredible cape made using golden spider threads.....
Ena came back to Cambridge on Friday, another cousin arrived on Saturday, then Helen and her family arrived for the Sunday along with the rest of the family. Mum had a blast! She loved all the attention and looked twenty years younger than 90. She has worked hard at keeping fit and eating well....and it has paid off. She is back on her bike now her wrist is better....waiting 20 minutes for buses to get to the middle of our village didn't suit her at all!
Carol really enjoyed learning to free machine stitch and made two brilliant pictures of birds. The blue lines are water soluble pen.
She painted the birds with watercolours and they looked superb.
I'm looking forward to seeing them on her wall when we go and visist her in Scotland sometime this year I hope.
Ena stitched a weird animal too and even Hope, aged 9 has started to learn to free machine stitch.
Spending time in the studio together was wonderful!
Now, I really must get some new card designs done so that is what I'm up to. No more excuses. My creativity has returned, my trip to London and spending time with my cousins has energised me...I just need to get on with it!
Ena, Helen, Carol and Me. Together for the first time ever as adults! Bliss