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You know those time when there’s not much to say?

It’s been one of those weeks.

I’m really transparent. It’s always been the case that I need beautiful surroundings to be creative and productive; which is why I live this way with these things around me.

This week has been a bit of a lost week and even some beautiful tulips haven’t helped much while the house is in such a mess.

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But there’s hope that the mess won’t last too much longer. The “taking things apart” stage seems to be completed, the noisy machines are supposed to be removed Monday, and we might begin the “put back together” stage.

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In the meantime, our lovely Japanese student will turn 16 this Sunday and we have invited her whole group, (all seven children), for a Sunday birthday supper.

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I told her we will bake a cake together and she’s over the top nervous because she’s never baked anything in her life.

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Morgan’s still following me from room to room while Milo burrows in the middle of a bed somewhere and we don’t see him till their 5pm supper time.


I dropped in on my friend Dalyce’s at her used book store and she pulled out a bunch of books she saved for me including an old French piano exercise book with the most beautiful paper all held together by ancient scotch tape which had long ago lost its grip but left beautiful yellowed marks in places.

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And now I just keep plugging away, Dunkirk spirit and all that, trying to ignore the plastic and the workmen’s aftershave and keep remembering how lucky I am to have terrific house insurance in the first place.

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Art: water colour pencils, chalk pencils, charcoal, ink on old book pages.

Comments: 11

  • Catherine Llewellyn

    March 2, 2013

    lovely – very soothing example of how to stay serene and open and creative in the midst of adversity and chaos – thank you – i needed this right now x

  • March 2, 2013

    Beautiful! I hope the put back together stage goes fast!

  • March 3, 2013

    I love the drawings. Not surprising, I love the use of musical manuscript as a medium. 🙂 I rescued a bunch of old piano books from our basement. They are in terrible condition, but I couldn’t bear to part with them. Maybe when I have more time, I can turn them into something beautiful, too.

  • March 3, 2013

    You won’t just be baking a cake, you’ll be making memories. In the future, whenever she bakes (or if she doesn’t, then whenever she eats cake) she will think of you and that time in the kitchen.

    I love your painting and the tulips are beautiful. Such cheerful colors in both. They certainly brightened my day.

  • March 3, 2013

    Milo may have the right idea, but the Dunkirk spirit seems to be serving you well. I hope everything is put back together soon. One final note–I love the piano book drawings!

  • March 4, 2013

    Milo looks fabulous on that quilt!! (though I’m sure he knows that…) And those flowers on the music, Gorgeous!! Especially love the one in the vase, though I like the yellow flowers too, kinda looks like they just appeared the music 🙂 That paper is beautiful in its own right too–perfect for your art! Love baking with someone who doesn’t really know how it goes, it is like magic and so fun–wishing you sunny days and more watercolors

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