Happy Monday from England, and it is a beautifully bright Morning, one of those days when the sky is bright blue and the sun is shining and there is a Winter chill in the air that is easily shrugged off by wearing a coat and scarf. I love days like this which are perfect for walking or biking to your destination without arriving hot and flustered. When we left Florida there were reports of Arctic weather here and as usual, the reports were inaccurate designed no doubt to make people prepare for the worst possible scenario!
The flight was great, a brand new plane which smelled like a new car with that delicious smell of new materials, everything brand new and shiny, it was lovely. We have travelled on Norwegian since they began the flight direct to Fort Lauderdale a few years ago and I can thoroughly recommend it……..lights and pressure designed to minimise jet lag, state of the art media systems, no window blinds, instead a button which gives a gradual lightening or darkening of the glass….al making for a comfortable flight, well as comfortable as a flight can be over 8 hours in a small space! And all at a great cost, by far the cheapest on the market currently anyway….sounds like I have shares in the company!
The last week in Lake Worth was, as usual busy, as we attempt to get everything completed before leaving. I hate goodbyes and there are always a lot of them…..so as you might imagine I am always a wreck during this time. But everything always gets done one way or another. Monday was my last day working on the tile mural at St Andrews, it is looking fabulous and will be a wonderful addition the grounds of the church where the empty white wall stands stark and bare looking on to the children’s play area. It will transformed into an area of colour and vibrancy before long as the mural nears completion. As I have mentioned before any of these community projects are a joy to work on as people come together to share their skills and people you have hitherto only acknowledged with a good morning or hello, suddenly become fast friends as you discover more about each other and shared interests are recognised and enhanced by input from each other, a great experience. if you would like to see the progress of the wall, call in to the church hall which is a hive of activity with people working and creating, you will be amazed! The wonderful thing about working with ceramics is the magic that happens when the tiles are fired……the colours appear from nowhere as bright and vibrant as they can be and never fail to delight the onlooker. Painting with glaze is not easy as you paint onto a porous surface and colours are always very pale and bear no resemblance to the outcome.
Speaking of tiles, we went over to the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden to place another tile in the wall there, one for Mel and Vinnie that had somehow got overlooked and I took the opportunity to look at all the great projects, including the wall, that had been created there.The wall still looks wonderful and brings back memories of creating it those years ago….and the picket fences that now surround the various areas are looking wonderfully bright and colourful and most certainly add splashes of colour which blend perfectly with the colours of nature which exist in one form or another across the garden. Loofahs grow next to herbs and bananas hang precariously from branches brought low from the weight, pineapples peep tantalisingly from the leaves of the plant, yellow tomatoes of varying sizes peep between vines and everything is coming alive, a beautiful sight to see. There are still some beds for rent should anyone have the urge to take up vegetable growing!
Thursday saw us back with friends at Mario’s in Lantana and a very fun evening full of delectable food, good wine and of course, great company……a fitting end to our stay!
Home to piles of post, and of course most of it not very interesting at all, flyers, bills,offers and the usual rubbish. Hidden amongst all this was my returned sketchbook, I think I told you about The Sketchbook Circle where we work in our sketchbooks and every month end it to one of two artists in turn to create and add to the work, a daunting prospect,working in someone else’s sketchbook….mine looks amazing, Natalie (the artist who worked in mine) has enhanced it immeasurably, I love it!!!
And now back to normal life, a governors meeting tonight at school, a course tomorrow, Rotary on Thursday, putting in a pitch for funding for Little Free Libraries, checking on our community project (more to come about that one when I have news…………
Enjoy your week, I hope it is amazing!