My last blog kind of covered the early part of the year and then came summer. Eight weeks of bliss- sunshine, (until mid-August!) visitors (granddaughter Josie and old friends and new), taking on potting and painting challenges, fishing and whale watching, matching artworks with happy buyers and rejoicing in the cessation of post-surgery pain and my newly regained agility. Summer was good. The garden was fabulous although next year I will spend more time actually sitting in it. Many of the plants I chose from my Minter Gardens prize win settled in nicely and I tried to actually plan where and with which companions they might flourish.
I spent the entire month of October in Comox, at the home of my friend Liz where I hung a show of paintings at Whyte’s Framing and Gallery and offered three well-attended watercolour workshops. The best part was having visits from son Logan and his wife and two darling daughters…and thanksgiving weekend with my daughter. I was invited to be the guest at the Read Island Book Club and Sally Davies picked me up at Hoskyn Landing on the northeast side of Quadra Island for s short boat run to her home. Spent a lovely two days with her and husband author David Cox, and really enjoyed the women/book club members of Read Island. Two weeks later I took the ferry to Powell River where I was met by Margy Lutz of Powell River Book Blog, and her husband Wayne, also authors! Margy treated me to an overnight at their floathouse on Powell Lake and a tour of the lake.
November I managed to just make it to Sointula Winterfest by hitching a ride with Billy the Thursday before the fair day (Saturday 19th) and was once again warmly welcomed by lovely friends. Organizer Carmen Burrows is the daughter of my late friend Linda Burrows, one of the originators of the Sointula Winterfestival and she did her usual amazing job of creating a joyous celebration of arts and crafts, music and comedy.
I haven’t even begun to share what Albert accomplished this year but the list is quite monumental. In addition to the items described in the previous blog, our boiler which heats the house finally gave up the ghost, it was just too corroded for any more repairs. My Hercules had just finished installing the new boiler wen the old inverter packed it in. In between times he built a beautiful brass-paned window for the bedroom, which faces towards the moon and will frame it (the moon) when full. Not to mention the acquisition and installation of washing machine, hot water tank and stove- it’s been one of those years. He hasn’t had a lot of time for the creative arts but did manage to make 120 of his beautiful glasses, and a cheeky raku Rooster, mostly for Nimmo Bay Resort.
We wish you a beautiful 2017 and as always invite you to SeaRose Studio for the pleasure of the art…seeing, touching, engaging in, and taking some home with you!
You are all welcome here.
As ever, Yvonne at SeaRose