Busy, busy, busy summer. Have spent time with Czech friends, German friends and lastly a Spanish friend ( and English ones too). Lots of day trips while the Czech and Spanish friends were here,  Lincoln, Whitby, Flamborough, several of the National Trust properties;  The Vyne, Beningborough, Gunby Hall and Keddlestone, as well theYorkshire Sculpture  Park, more that I can’t recall just now. Also lots of eating and drinking (plenty of walks too, to try and counteract all the good food).

The eating and drinking also took place in France camping before we went to the German friends just outside Frankfurt (yet more good food and local cider (apfelwein), further camping was planned but in the end it was so wet we did day trips instead. Again the walking and cycling helped the waist line.

One of the reason for going to Germany was to take the quilt I had made for the latest edition to the family, Sanna Matilda; she finally arrived 10 days late two days before we were due to leave and we had the great privilege of seeing her in hospital the day after she was born.

Lime green,  yellow  and sunflower fabrics ready to start the cot quilt.


Section of finished quilt.


Day old Sanna with her quilt.

Have seen and done lots of new things which will have an influence on my work  over the summer, now the holidays are over its back to reality. I do enjoy my reality, I’m very fortunate in that I enjoy my work (holistic therapies) and I’m  looking forward to going back to uni for my third and final year of my Contemporary Fine Art Practice  degree course in just over a week. It’ll certainly be challenging and plenty to keep me busy.

Before that though I’m  again opening my studio for insight www.insightopenstudios.org.uk the North Lincolnshire  Artists’ Open Studios weekends on September 22 & 23, 29 & 30. I’ve been sorting out the space (I’m a terrible hoarder and think everything will come in useful sometime, so I’ve been trying to be realistic about some real junk – it’s so difficult to part with things!!!) and now I’m nearly ready to starting hanging paintings etc.