You must have seen them. All those cheesy advertising
images of beautiful people with big smiles as they work at their laptop
computers. Sitting in the sun at the breakfast table, in the middle
of a meadow, or next to a swimming pool. Free of the constraints of
the office, with no cables and no worries.
it. It doesn't work. Believe me, I've tried.
Whilst Caroline has enjoyed the sun, I have had to
sit in the shade so that I can see what is on my screen. When it comes
to adjusting colours of photos we have made, I have to retreat indoors
completely. For the months of July and August it was fine, but now
that the autumn has arrived it's thick socks, thermal jacket and cups
of tea for yours truly.
17c inside, 27c outside
Don't get me wrong, I am very happy that old friends
are asking me to make the odd illustration or sketch. (keep 'em coming
folks!) It's just that I had hoped to spend a little more time in the
open air, now that we are living in the countryside. I guess I just
need to ween myself off the laptop and go full-time into painting
and drawing. There are a few painting commissions too. I try to intersperse
straining my eyes in front of the computer with bouts of painting out
on the terrace. I'm not alone. Caroline is often sitting next to me,
playing office manager and generally keeping our lives in order. Bless
I really look forward to working outside,
getting my hands dirty and blistered, once we have a house.
Once we have a house.
"It's been six
months" I hear you say. "They are too choosy" I hear you think. "Have
they bitten off more than they can chew?" I hear you wondering.
We are so close.
We have discovered that in the country, everybody knows,
or wants to know, about everybody else. The vet knew about the houses
we had seen via a farmer who had heard from someone at the market,
etc, etc. So letting too much info out on the site is asking for trouble.
One thing is sure. It will be a grand place to welcome
you. Should you ever come visit.
I'm off to sit in the sun for five minutes, my toes
have gone blue. Taraah!