half-yearly report


Exactly six months since I last wrote, and a lot has passed. A lot of hard slog, a lot of lessons learned, both practical and emotional. Most of the work I have been doing has been with drills and hammers and bags of rubble, as I press on with making a home and garden from the bare plastered walls and rectangle of brown earth I moved into at the beginning of the year. And there has been much progress, and many tears, and laughing and happiness too. So, most of my 'creative' work has looked like this...


...but some of it has been more like the picture at the top, as I gradually find time and energy to dig out paintbrushes and concentrate for a few minutes on less practical expressions of creativity. Although most of my artwork is still getting done at the kitchen table with a five-year-old...


...or should I say a five-and-a-half-year-old. Because that's how I know it's exactly six months since I last wrote anything...

17 comments:

Marigold Jam said...

Lovely to see your name pop up again - you've been missed!

Sue said...

Thank you! How kind :)

Jagoda said...

Your granddaughter is such a beautiful little person. :) I think she takes after you in appearance, doesn't she?

rossichka said...

Dear Sue, it's so nice to hear from you again! Your little granddaughter is a real beauty! I am sure she brings sunshine every day and can make you smile even when your heart hurts...
To turn a house into a home is a long process, full of ups and downs. It's lovely that your creativity helps you to make everything in the way you like it.And as I can see, you have a very serious "partner", also loving art!:))xx

Sue said...

She's very like me in lots of ways :)

Karen Cunningham said...

How lovely to hear from you again Sue and I am so happy to know that your life is becoming more even and that you are getting time to be creative. Your granddaughter looks so lovely, five is a wonderful age. With much love xxx

Sue said...

Thanks Karen! :)

Frances said...

Sue, it's lovely to see this semi-annual report from you. Perhaps you might now consider a quartery report?

There are so many ways in which we can express our creativity, as we absorb the influences that are in our current reach.

That little birthday girl is definitely growing up. I hope that she got all those candles blown out and tha tthe wishes she thought of might have included good things for you, too.

xo

dreaminginstitches said...

Always lovely to see you here.

sue said...

I know how you feel Sue! You're tiling looks amazing though and isn't it satisfying when you stand back and admire your own work and see how fantastic it is good luck with your continuing renovation it will all be worth it in the end! After 30 years of living in my house we have, finally finished all the major renovation just this week LOL!

Sue said...

What a treat, a post from you and with such lovely pictures of your art and sweet granddaughter.

Sue said...

Many thanks for your comments, lovely people :)

valerie greeley said...

I knew it would only be a matter of time before you had your house looking all ship shape and mouse. Lovely to see the young artist and book reviewer too. x

Toffeeapple said...

At last you have returned and with a beautiful little girl to grace your pages! It is so good to see you again.

Isabelle said...

Oh, gosh, welcome back! What a beautiful little girl (and rather good tiling too).

canvas prints said...

really lovely post. well done.

Helen said...

How wonderful to see you back! Happy new year to you and your lovely grand-daughter. May 2015 surprise you with good things.