So here we are on Day two of our mini-Seachange. Well we’re still on holidays really. Still being paid by work. Still on the run-up the hill to Christmas.
Thankfully this year we have adopted the sensible position of not buying everyone a present. Just a lucky dip, a secret santa, and then one for immediate family and Mandy (our houseguest), Sandy (our soon to be leaving us cleaner) and L (my nephew). And I’ll also be sending something to my niece and nephew in the US when I get my act together.
That’s still eight presents but it’s a lot less than last year!
I have been so busy this year up to this point that I haven’t written a Christmas Letter or sent cards. I do love you all – I’m just a slack tart. And anyway what more could I write – you know all the intimate details of my life this year – and there are always the archives if you have forgotton – I’m sure you’ll have time to trawl through that! Okay maybe not.
Next year we are going to be part of Mr Cha Cha’s Ballroom. We are very excited about it. Well that’s not quite true. I am very excited about it. Groover is humouring me. Mandy is still looking for a partner… (okay I’m just putting that out there I am NOT matchmaking…)
Also J and I are going to do a Painting with Pastels course – and again I am very excited about it and I suspect she is humouring me… We’re also doing a course with UWA Extension on Leonardo da Vinci which will be interesting given our big trip to Italy this year.
I’m also right into making jewellery – or I suspect I could be. I’ve been inspired by three friends. K in the UK (used to live down the street) who is a “proper” jeweller. She sent me some gorgeous earrings earlier this year which I wear constantly. Anna – who we visited yesterday – she is a well known Perth artist – she has just got about $1000 worth of beads from India and when we visited yesterday she was creating some fabulous brooches. She also gave Dippity a few beads to take home. Well we took them to A’s house – my Bali Belly Buddy – and she has been making jewellery this year inspired by these beads she found by an artist called Lily – and she helped Dipp turn them into earrings. They are gorgeous. She then made me a pair – divine! So I’m thinking… maybe I should have a go!
I think I might have a spare hour or two to devote to the craft…
So the summer stretches before me – a long glorious summer… I’m just hoping six months will be long enough!