Well I have made a start on Christmas today. The Christmas cake is almost cooked and the Christmas puddings are steaming away so all I now need to do is the Christmas shopping and buy a tree! It's easy really isn't it? So why do so many people start preparing in September? Don't get me wrong - I enjoy the festive season but I don't want it to go on for months.
Since last I blogged I have made a return trip to Italy, this time for a retreat and I spent a whole week dyeing, printing and stitching. Wonderful! It was such a luxury and I enjoyed every minute of it.
One of the ideas I had wanted to experiment with was the sweeping gestural marks that we had made on Dorothy Caldwell's Human Marks workshop back in September.
Each day, when it wasn't raining, we would go for an after lunch walk through the olive groves that surround the Masseria. Apart from taking photographs of the amazing olive trees that are hundreds of years old I also collected pieces of rusted metal with the intention of doing some experimental dyeing with them.
I returned home to vast quantities of rain and floods. Fortunately we weren't affected by the floods but the River Severn in Worcester was making full use of the flood plain!
Speak to you soon and happy Christmas preparations.