Hey guys! I don't expect you thought you'd hear from me again did you? Belated kind wishes to those who commented on my final-ish ofering. But it's time now for a post from beyond where the sun went down on my Lovely Grey Day blog in August. Here's a picture that I took at twilight when I visited my mum and dad at Southend at Christmas. I thought that it was quite fitting given the title for my brief return to Bloggerland.
So what have I been up to? Well I continue to run and have shaved five minutes off my initial Parkrun time. Fairly robust hill climbs are now incorporated into my trots around the block too.
With the addition of a trusty wetsuit and enough black neoprene accessories to keep certain fetishists very happy indeed I've also kept up the occasional swim during the winter months. Here's me modelling the piece of clothing that I've elevated from a want to a need. I must have had it on inside out of something as the logo is reverse. C'est la vie. Nothing changes. All that enjoyable exercise had been good for me. I've dropped two dress sizes without feeling that I've made any effort at all.
On the creative side I've been making mosaics. Here's one of them I completed for my BF's Christmas present. Yes I finally got round to manifesting one of those. I made a list of what I wanted in a partner and sent it to the universe. Hey presto! I pretty much got what I ordered except I forgot to say that he should look like Idris Elba. The model that turned up is paler, wears glasses and has a Somerset accent. Oh and he owns a kayak...or two...or six!
Here's the other mosaic that is near completion. It's inspired by one of my crocheted granny blankets and tops a grotty old wheeled table that I rescued years ago from the hospital where I work.. Just the grouting is needed and a coat of paint on the table surround and legs. Then job's a good'un. It will be a handy addition to my living area.
From a culinary perspective I've become quite nerdy about making sourdough bread. Here's the starter which I feed on a daily basis and love nearly as much as other people love their doggies and kitties.
Look at this beauty, the result of my love laden labours. My beautiful bread is made from bargain bucket strong flour and romps in at about fifty pence a loaf.
I spent a pleasant few days in Bordeaux with Mr Metrosexual whilst Ruff Stu manned his hairdressing salon. Here's the stairs in our Airbnb apartment. Yikes! The mezzanine balcony beside my bed was also alarmingly low. 'We cannot get pissed. We will die!!!' said Mr Metrosexual when we arrived and saw the access to our bedspaces. Needless to say we got used to the accommodation and got a little bit tipsy on the last night. We were in the wine capital of the world after all.
There's been music too...Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, Mad Dog Mcrae.... The best gig is probably a toss up between Reef at Frome and Nile Rodgers and Chic at Cardiff.
My baby boy is growing at an alarm rate and now towers above me. He's studying reasonably hard for his GCSEs and has been picked to represent Devon at the European Scout Jamboree in Poland next year.
As usual I've done lovely things with my friends: Frida Kahlo at the V&A and a witchy exhibit in Oxford with Aril, coast and moor walks, a house party in Cornwall at an out of season Youth Hostel and of course, my usual trips to stay with Red Mel at Bristol. Here she is with Spiky Kay at the art school's Open Doors event where we created our own picture and donated it to the college!
Sometimes I've miss my writing. 'I could have blogged about that!' I think to myself. So I'm starting over...with a difference.
I've made a very simple Wordpress site that will evolve once I know where I'm going with it. I've also created pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. MakesMe... is the home for blogs I write two or three times a week. However I'll also be sharing other stuff that takes my fancy on my social media sites. Here's all the links that you will need to see what I'm up to.
So come on over and like, share and comment. I'm looking forward to hearing from you all again and sharing stuff that stirs me!