Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Just one more before Christmas!! post that is....not a sherry! Hic!

I do love the Winter Solstice it always makes me feel philosophical about life, i don't know why particularly, it always seems so fresh to me, the wheel stopping and turning again, the return of the sun, seeds of life deep underground starting to stir again. I've never really been one for wishing the cold winter months away, i've always loved the different seasons, but this winter has been particularly difficult. I guess living in an old house with no modern central heating is asking for trouble in our current "arctic" climate, it feels like ice has penetrated to my bone marrow and i wonder if i'll ever feel warm again!

Having said that, i wouldn't change where and how i live for anything. Living here in Montgomery, for us, has been the icing on the cake so to speak, we couldn't have imagined getting things so perfectly right when we decided to settle here and open our shop. Having scoured the length and breadth of Britain, including the islands of scotland and even a windmill in Lincolnshire! we decided nowhere else had that "Montgomery" feel to it and it had to be here.

This new year we won't be making any new resolutions, but rather improving on old ones. 2010 has been an amazing life experience for us, with no end of learning curves.

All our long term friends and new friends, the lovely friends i've met through blogging, My gorgeous Nicci, Gavins family and my lovely sister, and her family, have been here with us throughout the year, all armed with masses of encouragement and help (and the occasional much needed cake, bottle of wine and bag of shopping) - Gav and I do know that we wouldn't have achieved any of what we have without their unconditional support and belief in what we thought we could achieve. Both of us, especially me are eternally grateful for the layers of protection these lovely people formed around us regarding the negative situations we came up against.

For me the new year holds much promise, first of all we have our wedding to think about and rearrange we'er so looking forward to it. My artwork will be featured/published in a fab magazine in March/April and i've been asked to contrubute to something else in the magazine too. Also having sold so much of my art over the last few months i'm thinking of hosting my own art exhibition, which i may do at Indigo Moon or hire the room at the museum here, but first i have much creating to do. I''ve also been asked by a few people to organise some teaching workshops, which i'm quite keen to do, so i have to put some thought into that. Both Gav and i are looking into doing some printing of my artwork onto greetings cards and also for framing as prints etc - so it's all exciting and very hectic.

We've also managed to sell our house in South Wales and now have the funds to furnish The Armoury as we want it, it's an old house and we have some fab ideas. We've already started collecting old furniture and bits and pieces, which will look stunning when we get around to decorating and placing everything.

Gav's been busy with Effigy Music, he's done a lot of filming this year with commissions from some renowned bands. He recently had to battle the weather to film at Shepherds Bush in London, but managed it admirably there and back and all went well,

Well, i'm just about to close up the shop and enjoy the Christmas break, as i hope you all do. First assignment is around to the neighbours for a drink!!!!

See you all in the new year