I've been a wee bit preoccupied the last 2 or 3 days so I only realised today that I haven't mentioned THIS at all!
This beautiful piece, inspired by the incredible Book of Kells, is as I speak, winging its way south over vast oceans, all the way from the UK to me! The wonderfully talented Carrie Osbourne is celebrating her 1st blogging anniversary, and little old me won her beautiful birthday giveaway! Carrie calls herself an 'aspiring' illustrator and writer, but maybe she should change that to 'inspiring', her work is beautiful! Please pop over to her blog (just click on the links above) and explore her beautiful drawings, watercolour paintings and wonderful writing, it's a lovely spot to while away an hour or two with a cup of tea at hand!
More news on the roving parents front. Mum has a cold now, but dad is feeling much better, though still on two different lots of antibiotics. They are intending to head off tomorrow and pick their hire car up (with promises to take it easy!), so hopefully from here on they'll be able to actually start enjoying their holiday...and making me insanely jealous again!
As for the weather...well, I can hear rain as I type! We were promised 5 days of rain and lower temperatures, and though we did get some rain on Thursday, it's been nothing but bright blue skies and HOT since. But it's 11pm Sunday now and it sounds rather like REAL rain out there (not the half-hearted 10-minutes-worth-that-dries-as-soon-as-it-hits-the-ground kind), so fingers crossed, this might mean the start of Autumn proper. I most ardently hope so!
Also, a final apology for the distinct lack of anyway vaguely creative here in the last few months. I think perhaps I should just learn to accept that I'm never going to achieve much in the first 4 months of the year, because my creativity goes into hibernation after Christmas and spends the next 4 oppressively hot months curled up in a cave somewhere dreaming of crackling fires and woolly scarves and hats and big mugs of hot chocolate!