Sometimes I just don’t get to the computer to write and when I do I have too much to say…..
The last week I spent organizing the house and ordering paint and products online to get started with my painting….. it is not as easy as it seems… to decide which internet site to use, to see which is cheaper, to see who asks delivery costs, to weigh up against each other…. phew, it seemed like a huge task… but at last the delivery will be made here at home…. I have ordered more or less what I need… but I do think I will be needing some more brushes, which I think I will order from another company which specialize in brushes….. Rosemary…. they are handmade and amazing.
We also bought (and went to fetch it with our small little car ) – yes the car with the big heart… the Jazz astounded again…. we fetched 2 x tall cd cases….. one for general use and one to be used by me for my brushes and oil paint stuff so that I don’t make a mess on the landlord’s furniture…. everything I do must comply with the rules we have to stay here…. eventually we must get back our deposit….wait for it…. 1100 pounds. Yes, it is astronomical… so I am stepping lightly… in summer I will open the door at the back and just WORK…. but when I cannot I will work on the kitchen floor…. it is vinyl and I can wipe any paint marks, and I also have a floor covering resembling a PEP stores blanket (much thinner) the painters here use.
AND low and behold they let us know that we will soon know when our things will be delivered – it was cleared by customs today…. YEAH. There are many things I know I will take to the YMCA or give away, but, I will also be glad to see the many tablecloths I put into the container – (continuing on Thursday)
We had supper last night with a few South African SKA colleagues and there other (better) halves and it was so nice to see and hear our own people…. but that said, I have a lot more to do with the Cheshire English, and other people from various other countries and somehow we share common interests, and it is as if people here are more willing to assist, and support. It is only the Art shops I find well, let’s say lacking ….. but, that is what it is….and then I just order online and they loose me as a client.
Went to a lovely plant park with other South African ladies on Saturday and on Friday visited a new friend from Oregon a musician and had a cup of coffee there…. was a bit homesick afterwards…. she has a cat and my cats at home felt very very far away….. but they are happy with my daughter…. I just miss them.
Tuesday had my hair cut and coloured and sat on edge for about 2.5 hours but at the end I was satisfied although I thought the girl could have cut a little more but in future I think we will communicate better….here it works out less expensive if you use a hairdresser which is not so far qualified/ younger and if you use somebody more experienced it can cost you around 20 pounds more. (I tried the younger girl and am happy to say it ended well for my purse as well for my hair).
Yesterday had to go to the Asthma sister at the doctor’s office…. that is how it works here….she spent half an hour to explain which medication works how, and then did some tests and unfortunately I do need the medication….. hopefully in time it might become unneccasary? I hope.
I am planning 3 paintings…. so my ideas are jumping here and there and everywhere….please excuse the random thoughts…. Have to do some ironing today, clean up a bit, and just be kind to myself….. so that ideas can flow and I can believe in myself to do what I have and want to.
Included find a few images of my life here…..
went with new friends originally from SA to a plantpark on Saturday
had my hair coloured and cut…..yeah
the english countryside
Beautiful entrance of a “Hall”
the telescope looking a little like a character from “war of the worlds”
blackbirds sitting on a tree….no on the telescope
Plumleys – coffeeshop and plantpark
The “Hall” in the distance
the daffodils are out
a treat for dries working late and not feeling so great suffering from hayfever
the beautiful trees at the SKA parking site
cd rack used for my art stuff….
under a bridge
cd racks in the small car
a pack of cyclists
and another it was unbelieveable
and new member of the family…borrowed to get started