I found the current issue of this lovely magazine on the shelves when out shopping today and grabbed a copy. It is a firm favourite of mine among the plethora of other new publications which have flooded the market in recent years. It has the most beautiful photography and is very informative with features on various arts, history, folklore, recipes, crafts and more besides. It's pages are sprinkled with fitting quotations from poetry and prose by famous writers. It has a sister magazine called Landlove which will be out next week and that is hard to resist too. Sometimes I have to be even more indulgent and buy both. For those of us who don't live as close to the countryside as we would like, they are just the thing. I hope they don't go down the 'Country Living' path which was once a favourite but seems to have become the publication for those who have weekend cottages in the country and just play at it.
I attended my final meeting of the textile group I belonged to on Tuesday. It was our Christmas meeting and we hired a local hall, each took a plate of food to be shared and had a wonderful lunch. It was pre-arranged as to who would provide what, to ensure a balance of dishes, and so much nicer than going out to eat. I shall certainly miss the companionship of fellow members but am quietly relieved to shed the commitment of producing work to exhibition standards.
I shall still carry on making textile art and have plans for a couple more books going round in my head at the moment. Currently I am making printing blocks for the online course I am working on. I foresee a very colourful and messy time ahead.
All ready for Christmas? Not long now, and don't panic - you're supposed to enjoy it!