We've been trying to catch up on last minute jobs before flying to Fuerte on Monday.
Managed to get the downstairs area cleaned, polished, floors washed etc and got the final lot of laundry done. The weather has been just horrible today but I managed to get some semi-decent photos of the coloured pencil works I finished recently (all quick, small drawings) and they were submitted to UKCPS by email today - just waiting for confirmation the entry form and photos were safely received then fingers crossed I'll get one (or more) past the Jury.
We had a lovely surprise last night - the first hedgehog visitor to the garden this year. It has been such a long hard winter I know that many didn't make it out of hibernation. In fact, newspapers and wildlife sites have been full of doom and gloom this week - probably because its been national hedgehog week (5 to 11th May).
In the 1950s the hedgehog population in England was estimated at 36 million. By the mid 90s this had dropped to 2 million and its now estimated that there are fewer than a million throughout the UK. Sad news as they're such funny lovable little creatures, and great for the garden as they eat slugs, snails and beetles etc.
But, we had one on the patio last night. I opened the patio doors which ensured that he 'froze' - a reflex reaction when they are frightened - and sprinkled lots of dried cat biscuits around him so he spent a happy 20 mintues chomping away. Hopefully he'll find a few friends soon and bring them back for a meal.
Not such a welcome visitor was a heavily pregnant squirrel ... we've got enough of these 'tree rats' in the area already. But David took pity on her and stopped me chasing her off the feeders :-)
and a bit 'soggy' after all the rain
Anyway, I made a very gentle start on the double cat portrait which will be my first portrait when back after the holiday. Just a basic outline to show where most of the markings are and ensure I've got the proportions correct.
This was taken with flash camera tonight so colours are way off but its pastel on light grey pastelmat.
Time to relax for a couple of hours now
Hope your weekends are going well and that the weather is better in your part of the world than in mine