Sunday, 30 January 2022
Hello 😊 😊 😊
So how on earth do we start on a 5 year catch up?? I’ve been trying to think of the most important, or most interesting things to tell you about. And of course, one stood out miles ahead of anything else. The dogs!! What is the current dog situation? So, let's start there, although I promise there will be lots of textile and arty stuff to come as well!!
It was strange seeing the last image and line of my final post in 2017 – just before I started workshops at the studio here – because it was my beloved Dixter. And he sadly isn’t with us anymore. He died in November 2019, after a brave battle with cancer. It was very late diagnosed, and we tried operating – but it was too late. And as soon as I could see he was suffering, I made the decision to let him go. He was a one off – and we loved him so so much. But the sadness of losing them, is the only downside there is to owning a pet. And for me, it’s so worth it, for all the joy they give in between
But let’s move on from that sadness – because before he was ill, we finally decided to get him some company. You may recall that we still had Bala our lovely cat when we moved her and she and Dix were good friends.
And after she died, we were concerned that Dix was getting lonely. He sort of became a little withdrawn – isolating himself even. We were doing all the usual humming and ha-ing: ‘would they get on?’ ‘would the new dog bully our lovely but very gentle and timid Dix?‘ ‘should we get a puppy or a rescue adult?’ ‘girl or boy?’ etc etc. If you’ve been there, you will know all this. I’m a bit of a fatalist, so I kept thinking that if it was the right thing, then fate would put a doggie in my path. And so she did. A friend suggested I join a Bedlington Whippet Facebook group (that’s the lurcher cross Dix was) – and I soon saw a gorgeous pup needing a new home. He was living in a gypsy camp, and they didn’t want him ☹ Only 3 months old – I wondered if he was just a bad hunter or something. Anyway – who cares? Not me - - so I got in touch with the owner and persuaded Stephen he would definitely love this new family addition. And he did, we did, and all the students coming here for workshops did. Dixter was a little wary ...
but got over it quickly – and soon took the youngster under his wing.
We called him Milo – and he settled in with us quickly. He’d never lived indoors and was used to living with the other lurchers outside, so to begin with would only socialise with Dix. But he soon learnt all about food (he was starving on arrival!!) and walks and cuddles and all the other happy stuff our spoilt pooches take for granted
And they had 18 very happy months together, before Dixter left us all. And we were then back to ‘should we get another dog’ again. ‘Was Milo lonely?’
He was still a puppy, so hard to guage – but of course we worried. And all the same questions came up. Milo’s a very different boy to Dix – much more confident and where Dix was timid, Milo can be aggressive outside with other dogs. Upbringing I imagine! Plus he got attacked by another dog. So how best to deal with that? Older dog companion? A girl? Questions questions again.
And I’d also like to post a video of some materials made during the recent Breakdown Printing course. One thing I do want to do better, is notify people about workshops. I only ever seem to get a notice on Facebook – and I am aware that not everyone will see that. So I will link from YouTube – but I still don’t know how to add notes!! So be prepared!!
Thanks for reading – and do please comment and chat to me. I like talking! And although we have our new lovely boys - for now this is still the screen saver on my phone ...- Hilary xx
Friday, 28 January 2022
Ok - so its been rather a long-ish time since I last posted!! In fact it looks to have been when I was just starting up the studio here in Newport. Nearly 5 years ago 😲
Do I have an excuse? Not a very good one I'm afraid. But it is a good reason. Simply time and complete overwhelming busyness. I have kept most of my interaction and posting on facebook for the last few years - its about all I've managed to keep going. But I do know its not everyones favourite platform, and it keeps altering it's faces and wa - which is annoying!! And I'm not convinced I'm actually talking to the people I want to anymore.
So I've decided to get back here, where I can post images and videos, information and chat (plus a little gossip). And I can be sure they are being seen by those who would like to keep in touch with me, and what I'm doing.
So - the next few posts should really be a good catch up I think! I shall start on Sunday - see you then - Hilary xx