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- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Since I was away

... A lot has happened.

A friend found out she had cancer, and died about four weeks ago.  Undiagnosed, she was her usual bright and vivacious self at Aftermas on the 25th January.  Four months later, gone...

Another two friends have separated.

On the plus side, my daughter, after months and months of applications and interviews, has found a temporary job in a local cafe, and so is at least beginning to get financial again.

And we have had the builders in.
New skylights (replacing old leaky ones) in the bathroom and kitchen.  New ceiling in the bathroom and kitchen.
New shower.
New iron over about a 6th of the roof.

New skylights

Plastering the new ceiling

New shower

And as if there wasn't enough going on, I have set myself a place for my next exhibition:  At home here at TLVD mansion.
SO! Still to go: gallery spotlights and new pull-down stairs to the attic bedroom (so the entrance hall can be uncluttered for visitors).

And I have set myself a date for the opening for my exhibition:  1st August.
So! I've been madly organising lighting, and sparkies and builders and plumbers and getting quotes and stoking the media sites and visiting the framers....

And, as if that wasn't enough still I have been here at beautiful Ohope Beach, house- and pet-sitting for nearly five weeks, a week to go.  Walking 90 minutes a day on the beach, painting the Godwit Series works in the middle of the day.
And, after I get home to Tauranga at the end of next week, it will be only three weeks until my exhibition!

Oystercatcher on Ohope Beach.  

Midwinter dawn on Ohope Beach with Zoe and Reisha



  1. I am sorry for your losses and disruptions and havoc.
    But, I wish I were able to come to your new gallery!

    1. I wish you could too!

  2. Sorry to hear of all your woes, good times must be just around the corner. Good luck with the show; I gave up that lark yonks ago, and now have an agent. I was amused to see that plasterer on stilts, much more sensible than ladders.

    1. Cro - It was amazing to see how efficiently he worked - high ceiling here. Ladders would have been silly.

  3. Sad news re your friend. And a lot of work with the house. That beach looks like a wonderful place for a holiday though. And those bird drawings/paintings strike me as having something Japanese about them...

    1. Thanks Monica. My work has a lightish touch and an illustrative quality I think.

  4. SO many changes - glad you are able to focus and be so wonderfully productive through it all - great balance to your life.. and lovely work.

    1. Thanks Fi. I actually found it impossible to work during the renovations - they were SO INTERESTING! :-)

  5. The loss of your friend is so sad and even more understandable as I'd met her. It's been a busy time mentally and physically: plenty of exercise of both.

    1. Yep. I like the thought that it's 'exercise'. Peter is philosophical with his words, but I know he misses Eila terribly.