Sunday, 16 May 2010

A belated birthday present.

It's arrived at last after quite a lengthy publishing delay, but is well worth the wait. I've been an admirer of Jan Messent's work since I discovered it nearly 30years ago. This book is a mine of information about these early times and it is obvious that Jan has done an enormous amount of research.
She has used her fabric, mixed-media and altered books to record many experiments and findings, but there is a great deal more to this publication than making books. It's full of other delights as well though I feel inspired to make another book myself.
I should of course be doing more on my allotment piece, but work has slowed right down as I seem to have fallen prey to raging hayfever. I wondered why my cold symptoms kept coming back! I have never suffered from hayfever though have been aware of being a bit 'sniffy' now and then during the summer. This has taken all my energy and I have lost my voice! It's very peaceful in our house!! I have a stuffy head, watering eyes, sore nose and a hacking cough and as long as I don't do anything I feel OK . At present I could maybe sing baritone or counter tenor all in one line of music!!
I am having a week off next week and am going to Glastonbury with our youngest daughter, so must be fit by then. We are planning to walk up the Tor and I don't want her to have to carry me! I have masses of gardening jobs to do as well, as we are having the pond enlarged and many plants will have to be moved. Oh well! I'll do what I can and the rest will have to wait.

10 comments:

Carol Q said...

that looks a lovely book Heather. hope you manage to shift the hay fever shortly too. LOL - when I read you were going to Glastonbury I was very impressed - I thought you meant the festival!!!

Julie said...

Bring on the anti-histamines! I do hope you feel much more comfortable soon Heather. Enjoy your week off next week, hopefully without too many sniffs!

Ro Bruhn said...

What a lovely book, the pile of journals inside look beautiful. Happy belated birthday. I hope you're feeling better real soon. Have a great time with your daughter.

maggi said...

Belated birthday greeting Heather. The book looks fabulous.

Maureen said...

Looks an interesting book, enjoy it!! - I also thought you were going to the Rock Festival, you never know you may enjoy it but I'm sure a walk up the Tor would be more peaceful.

Heather said...

Hope the Festival isn't on while we're there - I'm hoping for a bit of peace and quiet! Medical update - it's not hayfever, it's laryngitis. I didn't know it could be so vicious but have felt better today and even did a bit of housework and a little light weeding.

JaneO said...

Laryngitis - nasty. Good time to curl up with your new book.

sharon young said...

Oh you poor thing, it sounds miserable, I hope yoe feel better soon.
The book looks brilliant and would be perfect for my next module, we have to study the Opus Anglicanum (?) amongst other stuff, so thanks for the info.
Thanks you so much for your B/day good wishes, can't wait to use my little gem (sewing machine) in earnest.

Linda said...

Oooh thats another book to add to my wish list! Looks good....
Hope you're feeling much better now Heather - and I hope you had a very Happy Birthday (sorry I'm a bit late.)

BT said...

Gosh that looks an amazing book Heather, just your cup of tea. I'm so sorry you are so under the weather. I haven't had hay fever so far but I know how miserable it can be from other sufferers. Do take it easy and I hope you recover enough to take your Grandaughter to Glastonbury. The Tor is one of Jim's favourite places and he used to go there with his first wife. (she died of cancer).

Rest is what you need.