This summer has been really great, and it just seems to keep on going. My eldest son got his degree and finally passed his driving test, which means his dad and I can stop ferrying him around and having to fetch him from night clubs at 2am. He's joined a band now and can take himself off to practice, which is brilliant. It really takes a load off my shoulders.
The sun has been shining for weeks on end, and that's such an unusual thing here in England that even though it's a bit worrying from the global warming point of view, it's been really enjoyable. I've made the most of it with outdoor feasts and visits out with friends. We had a balloon ascent from the field next to my house, which was quite a spectacle.
Hubby and I went to Blenheim Palace on Sunday afternoon for a little together time, and it was rather wonderful to wander round the grounds in the warm sunshine looking at the late season flowers.
A few years back at a craft fair I came across the stand of Anna Mason, watercolourist, whose botanical studies are so very beautiful . She said that she sometimes runs workshops, but they were too far away for me to attend, so I was really pleased to discover a couple of weeks ago that she is now running an online school, which I joined. I'm uploading some of my pieces on here, as I'm really pleased with them. watercolourswithwow.com/
In case anyone is interested.
I've been finding all sorts of interesting things to do and people to talk to now that I'm not trying to follow someone else's odyssey. That was great at the time, but it's in the past now and I'm so happy right now doing my own thing.
The movies I've seen lately haven't been worth commenting on....... Sex Tape, The Expendables 3 (godawful from start to finish), Let's Be Cops, If I Stay. Say no more. Hopefully there will be something better soon.
Edit: Went to see Pride last night, which is a dramatisation of the true story of a group of lesbians and gay men who formed a support group to help the Welsh miners during the UK miners' strike of the mid 1980s. It sounds pretty dire and worthy, but actually it was one of those heartwarming feelgood type of movies in which we learn that people who are very different from each other can overcome their prejudices and find shared humanity, compassion and solidarity in the strangest of places. Although some people are determined party poopers as well. We all enjoyed it, even my teenage boys.
Next week: Hugh Grant in something or other. Can I wait for that? Yes.