It is now.

Yes, the fat lady has sung and all is just about done and dusted for a while. Tonight was the preview of ‘Heallreaf’ the exhibition of small format tapestry at West Dean of which I was curator, organiser and chief cook and bottle washer (literally).

I have got home, put my feet up and eaten my fish and chips. All of which I deserved after putting the show together, which involved my back going AGAIN just as I started to paint the space last Sunday. The next week is mainly sitting and invigilating the show so hopefully my back will recover, I think I will take a book or my knitting. Oh dear, I am turning into my Mum, especially as a week or two back I found myself sitting on the beach knitting. There again you have to do something when your husband is off taking amazing photo’s and it was too cold to paddle.

Here is a photo of the Heallreaf show, just the vinyl lettering on the door which I think is particularly elegant.

It was PJ’s suggestion to have the letters vertically which works really well. In this photo one door is open so the word is the right way round on both sides. When the doors are closed the two words are a mirror image of each other. You probably have to see it to get the effect properly.

Everyone was very complimentary about the show which was nice, but then is anyone going to say to my face – ‘Gosh this is awful’ I just assume if no-one liked it they would say nothing. I was a bit twitchy about it as I have never curated a show before other than my small space in the end of year shows.

So now is time for a short rest. Everyone keeps asking me what I am going to do next. (Apart from decorating the bedroom). Well, there is a small commission I have to do and I have been asked to take part in an exhibition in Chichester for a fortnight in December and then there is the British Tapestry Group exhibition next Easter so there is plenty to do. Oh and I am going to apply for a residency at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There chances of me getting are about nil but slightly higher than if I don’t apply. I wouldn’t have to go to Wales for the whole 5 months but for about 30 days where I would meet with the staff and scientists and study. Then I guess I would come home and make work. It sounds fascinating and I am hoping that being a trained herbalist might work slightly in my favour, who knows. Watch this space.

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