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    A few teasers for a wet morning lol


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    I have been to most areas in the Uk except Northern Ireland, the far north of Scotland, far southwest and the Channel Islands. The only places I have been abroad were Majorca and Ireland. Not being one for spending days on the beach I wandered everywhere in Majorca, enjoying the change in scene and culture. There are lots of places I would like to visit. My favourite used to be the Amazon jungle but I don’t have a favourite now as there are lots of places to visit for different reasons.


    For me it is looking at things on the computer. Not particularly buying as I don’t have the space (too much already lol), but I look things up then get sidetracked when I see something interesting, and before I know it a couple of hours may have passed. I download a lot too and have lots of information I never get the time to read. My work used to involve a lot of research, which I loved, and I still spend lots of time doing it with whatever subject I am persuing.

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    No chance of sunblind here this week as we seem to be in the monsoon season at the moment. I don’t think I will get out for a good walk this week. The first time since Christmas.  That is a more natural shot of you Mamie. It has a nice ‘fresh air’ look about it.


    Hi Julia, welcome from the Uk.



    It sounds like you are doing all the right things. I think Daisy’s comment about avoiding stress is important. In my opinion the atmospere now can make quite a difference to things after the birth too.

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    I love my hiking boots too! They enable me to go most anywhere. I do like my sandals as well.

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    @kitkatkitty I was disappointed when they stopped classes too. What does not appear to be understood by them is that there is more to such things than just the learning. From the makeup of our class alone it showed that with a variation of different people attending. I remember too, one time I was sent from work too for a specific technical short course. I see our local college still does some evening courses but the school I went to has stopped.


    If ill advertise my art it’ll be only when ill feel i’m good enough to show my art to other people…

    Although I understand your way of thinking here it might be that you never feel you are good enough.  It is part of growing to face the world. I find the criticism helpful, although it still hurts a bit. We had a art group meeting last night and I showed around a photograph with progress on a painting I am working on. The main subject is a horse and one person said it’s neck looked more like a giraffe. That was true and I explained why but it was good to get the feedback so I could adress the issue early as it is often harder to change things at a later stage. I don’t have a Deviant art account although I have seen some things from there. Try testing the water a bit. Start simple. You’ll find you are not alone and even if not making close friends you will begin to share ideas and make faster progress.

    Here is the horse painting so you can see the problem. It’s nowhere near finished as yet but getting there (an oil painting on canvas).


    I am sorry to hear that Kitty. It is never good to feel alone and insecure, although most of us visit there from time to time. In earlier days I moved from job to job quite a bit as I was never one to be dominated by a job or the situation there. I always remember my grandmother saying you will find something. It was not a case of their being more jobs about as there were not. Can you start on a new career path? I went back to college as a mature student. It was strange at first being mainly with school leavers but I loved every minute and never regretted it. Socially it was good too!

    Being or feeling alone is another matter. That was, if I am honest, the main reason I started drawing lessons. Is it possible you could find similar with your poetry? Is there a group that meets locally?


    Over the years I have had times when I have done most things. I have a good variation of clothes. I prefer skirts and dresses rather than jeans, but, for instance,  when walking in the countryside they are more practical. I like to dress for the occasion. Plain T-Shirts are Ok but I hate logos and adverts. Being interested in fashion to some extent with my drawing means I have some idea, but prefer to avoid the latest thing which is soon yesterday.

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    Things have been well put by everyone, but there is also a saying. You can change your friends but you cannot change your family. I know sometimes it may be impossible but mostly not. You really need to get together and sort yourselves out otherwise both your lives will be poisoned.


    It’s always useful to meet like minded people where you are as you can help each other Schala. I was a little slow until I started taking drawing lessons at night school. They have now finished (government cuts) but our group was formed from there. I love online help and in the early days used it often. I don’t think it totally replaces direct contact but I am not particularly into digital art. I have nothing against it but my work was very technical so I like to get away with art in a more traditional way. I did do some manga a few years ago. I will see if I can find any as Kitty was asking to see more work.

    I would recommend keeping going with things. Get to know people and research all over the place for ideas and techniques. Don’t be afraid to ask for criticism. Use a sketchbook and do sketches of things. It will help you a lot. Keep going – you will find it more rewarding as time goes on.

    Good luck!

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    My biggest danger is probably carbs as I eat a lot of bread. I eat very few, what are generally regarded as, processed foods. Meat – sausages once a week. Burgers once every two months. Seldom ready meals – I cook fresh food most of the time, and almost no processed dairy, except cheese. Cold meat – maybe once a month I buy a couple of hundred grams. I am a little low on protein although I do eat fish at least twice a week (I love my fish and chips on Fridays!) as well as a good portion of fresh meat once and nuts here and there. Eggs once a week. I don’t count calories though. It’s more the attitude to diet rather than application with me. I am probably a creature of habit though.


    There are shops around online which do unusual sizes as they can focus the limited demands. Otherwise it’s taking up sewing to alter your clothes.

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