Saturday, January 19, 2013

Baby it's cold outside

Well it certainly is a winter wonderland here in the countryside. Everything looks beautiful, clean and white and people are rosy cheeked and bright eyed.

I've rambled about the hills admiring it all but now I'm tucked up by the fire with a sketch book. I sort of hope it stays around as it slows everything down and enforces a certain level of hermitdom.

 

Friday, January 11, 2013

January Dreams

 I treated myself to a Rob Ryan calendar with the idea of staying inspired all year to be organised and create images that make me smile. It hangs in the corner of my studio so I can stare at it and day dream.

January is the time of year everyone makes big plans and resolutions and I admit that I am no different. However, there is still one thing outstanding from last year. The plan was to move to countryside (tick) and get a dog (I'd love a sausage dog, but we'll have to wait and see). I now find myself living in a gorgeous country cottage with a bug garden but so far - no dog.

I've been working away from home every week since moving here, and it would not have been fair to get a pet and leave it on its own all day, but after this month that ends. So now my calendar is used for a different purpose - counting down the days until I might get a dog. There is one other hurdle and that is getting the landlord's permission - fingers crossed.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New year, new home

I realise it has been six months or so since I last posted anything, and looking back I'm not surprised - a lot has happened.

We waved goodbye to our little flat in Weybridge and moved out to the Berkshire countryside. I now find myself living in a cosy little cottage in a village with no shops. My home is a little warm hobbit hole with beamed walls and ceilings, an open fire and a garden. I live amongst rivers, farms and rolling hills and recently some very impressive flooding:

This is very different to the cities and towns I've always lived in but I truly love my new home. I find myself planning what is going to go in the vegetable patch, going on long winding walks in wellies and considering getting a dog.

So it is a fresh new year in a new house, with evenings snuggled up by the fire, there is a lot of plotting and scheming still to do, I wonder what 2013 will bring.

Happy New Year
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