Henry Goes Missing Part 3

20Here’s the latest part to the story – enjoy, I know you’ve all been trembling with excitement! Part 4 will duely appear tomorrow and then there’s only one more installment left *weep!* Does anyone know anything about copyright? Or rules applied to using my images? I’m not sure what I should be doing on this front and I keep being warned that my pictures will appear elsewhere and be claimed as someone else’s work.. Any thoughts? Mx

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Summer of painting..

Yes folks, mid-summer’s day has been and gone. The days are getting shorter and the countdown to winter starts here.. Grim, right? But for now, the garden is full of flowers and painting beside the pond is a joy.. when it’s not raining! Hopefully there are plenty more days of sunshine before then, and in the meantime I intend to enjoy those! Once again, I apologise for my prolonged absence, but I have been busy painting and drawing, and I have many pictures to share with you over the coming weeks. Amongst other things, I have very nearly completed a story which will be posted once I’ve done the final editing. Never written or illustrated a full story before, so it’s been a challenge! I’ll tell you more about it in due course. I enjoyed doing it though, and I think I’ll write a few more stories in a little series called “The Tales of Pepperly Wood”. Pepperly wood is local to me, and it sounds like a nice place for little animals to get up to mischief. I can already feel the next story brewing! Once I do get this first one up, any comments and advice would be appreciated as always. It really would be very helpful to get some feedback. Here’s a sneaky peek! Below are a few illustrations from the first story..

In other news; when I last posted, the Squirrel had left me in North Yorkshire and was camping in Liwonde National Park, Malawi, conducting bat research. It was a quick decision for him to go, and finding carers to enable me to live independently was tricky. But I have to say, social services were on the ball with the Direct Payments Scheme, and I did indeed find three lovely ladies to help me. So going solo wasn’t so bad after all! It was a bit lonely, particularly as my car, which I drive from my wheelchair, spent most of the time in different garages. But otherwise, despite the doubts, it was fine. Three months in, and having been asked to stay on for a further year to manage the batty project, the Squirrel returned early due to a particularly persistent case of malaria. After three courses of treatment, he’d decided that he’d had quite enough of Africa for now. So for the moment, all is back to normal in our little home. Hope all you fellow bloggers are having a good weekend. Mx

Quick Sketch

Packing, unpacking and re-packing… repeat. This is the main event in our household at the moment as The Squirrel is set to leave on Sunday.

He’s had his jabs and lovely cholera drinks, he’s reorganised his camera equipment and his first aid kit a hundred times and he’s packed his teddy. He’s bound to have forgotten something, but I think his luggage has had as much attention as it is possible to give. The flight has been changed twice now, and with a very quick change at Addis Ababa, I’ll just be very pleased if both he and his luggage arrive safely in Lilongwe at the scheduled time. I’ve convinced him to write a blog about his trip; nothing ever works in Malawi and there’s bound to be a few interesting adventures, and plenty of beautiful photography too. If you want to see what he’s up to visit here. Lets just hope he has enough electricity and internet connection to keep it going (and to skype me!)

Meanwhile, the direct payments system has enabled me to employ 3 carers to cover the time he is away. It’s going to be different and rather lonely, but hey ho – I’ll be reet! Maybe I’ll enjoy being a single lady..? Or perhaps I’ll just be a sad, crazy cat lady… who knows! Either way, my story is coming along and will be posted soon, I promise!

All for now Mx

Still here, still scribbling..

Hello,

Sorry for the short absence, it’s been a rather strange week. Starting off very hectic and then coming to a complete standstill. I’ve been trying out a new drug; a nerve painkiller, and it turned me into a bit of a zombie. It’s one of those that has an incredible list of possible side effects, enough to put anyone off, but the hope of it relieving at least some of my pains meant I was willing to give it a go. When I started losing the ability to swallow and having breathing difficulties, I quickly decided that it’s not for me! I’m still very dizzy and sleepy, but hopefully that’ll wear off over the next few days.

Anyway! I haven’t been totally idle. I’ve been able to get a few drawings done and I’ll update my sketchbook shortly. As you know, I’m new to this blogging malarkey and one of the things I’m enjoying the most is seeing what others are up to. It’s been really nice to engage and learn from so many talented individuals. I’ve decided to evolve and add another page to my blog. This has been partly inspired by drawsy, who started an interesting illustration blog-project at a similar time to myself (check it out!), and partly because – well, why not!? It’s going to house children’s stories, both written and illustrated by yours truly. I’m not sure whether these stories will be appearing all in one post, it’s more likely that I’ll do a few pages at a time and you’ll have to keep popping back to read the next part. I’ve got some ideas for the first one and I’ve done a few scribblings and preliminary sketches (see pics below). I won’t tell you too much about it now – you’ll have to wait and see how it develops over the coming weeks..

All for now, have a good week fellow bloggers & thanks for stopping by. Mx