After 2 weeks at home, I am now enjoying the last few hours of freedom before I head back to work tomorrow.

Yes, I return to work on a Friday, which is more than a little ridiculous, but is one of the silly quirks of my job.

It has been a lovely couple of weeks.

There has been long lazy indulgent lunches with good friends.  Outings with family.  A morning at a spa being pampered and just a little bit of housework.

And even some painting, of course.

I had a list of things I wanted to achieve.  A lot of it was finishing the unfinished.

Hubby had some time off as well.  Just one week, but it was enough for him to finish the painting of the front of the house.  Tick that job off.

I finally finished a photo book that I had been working on for months.  Our USA trip would you believe?  It only took me 15 months to get it done.  Tick.

Kitchen cupboards scrubbed – tick

Bathroom cabinet cleaned out – tick

A painting that had some bad mojo – dealt with and now no longer a problem, so tick that off too.

Sit on the couch and read a book – tick

Sort and organise the photo files on my computer – done.

My secret painting project is finished, and approved by the purchasers. It just needs to be signed and another painting is also finished.  I am very proud of both of them.

The Rose 12″ square oil on canvas.

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So in all it’s been an excellent break.  The windows didn’t get washed but I did have a 4 hour lunch with my bestie. (we may have required the hubby to come and collect us from the winery)

Actually, considering how many lunches that were had, I am hoping that my work pants actually still fit…

It just proves that while travelling to new places is wonderful,  sometimes simply staying at home,  catching up with friends and getting those overdue jobs done, is also a good recipe for a relaxing and sanity saving vacation.

At least for me anyway.

Now to plan the next adventure..



March 2017


It’s been a while and I am not really sure why.

I know I have been busy.  There has been work, of course, it’s been a lovely summer too.

Plenty of time with friends, interacting face to face, laughing, smiling, talking and some tears.

There has been 1st world dramas, a broken air conditioning unit that had me a little stressed for a while.

And there has been paint.

Here is a sample of what has come off my easel so far this year.

There is one top secret project.  A commission that I will have to wait until May to show off but I’m sure you will enjoy seeing all the other stuff I have been playing with.


A lesson in painting fabric and folds…


Helping a dear friend create a banner for her market stall.  She sells delicious traditional english style cakes and pastries.  I have also spent a lot of time, helping on the stall.  So much fun had spruiking and people watching.


Created in a time of pain, therapy in running dripping splashing paint


Big, bold, textural, still a work in progress.  Created with thick acrylic paint, knives and big brushes.


Just a doodle, something I dont do often enough probably.


Also a work in progress…maybe.  I have had a couple of people tell me they love this just as it is.  It’s in oil, thin paint.  Really just the underpainting.  I’m now in two minds whether the continue or leave as is.  I expect I will continue, although I do have other unfinished pieces I can work on until I make up my mind.

This blog has evolved, and changed so much since I started it 7 or so years ago.  As I have.

I have a much clearer idea now, of who I am and what makes me happy.  I am able to express my fears, pain and joy much more easily out loud and fear less that that will make me less likeable.

I wear my weirdness proudly, and continue to push myself out of comfort zones.

This little place in the universe that I created, when I was lost and lonely, has taught me so much.  It has introduced me to so many awesome people all over the world and helped me get to where I am now.  For that I will always be thankful.

Life is good, and I am living it.