Our house is beginning to look a little more like home now. The ceiling has been sealed and painted and today some of the replacement oak flooring has been laid - hopefully by end of next week all that will be needed is the walls/skirtings painted and then we can take delivery of the new sofas and move all our contents/furniture back into place .. its been 6 weeks of living in a mess, unable to find anything but it has made us appreciate how little we actually need to use in our daily lives ... so lots of decluttering has been done and more non-essential stuff will be sent to the charity shops once we start unpacking it all from storage.
It has been very difficult to settle to artwork with workmen in and out, banging and drilling etc., but the horse has been finished and approved. I've parcelled the portrait today in readiness for posting it next week.
Since my last post I've made his muzzle pink, darkened his mane and added a mottled background
Tomorrow David and I will spend the whole day 'rattling collection buckets' at the entrance to EuroTunnel to raise funds for Air Ambulance. Its going to be a long session - we usually just do half a day as it can be very tiring (but great fun as everybody loves Air Ambulance and is very generous). This is the probably the busiest weekend of the year at the Tunnel with school holidays starting and a mass exodus to French campsites etc
Sunday we are visiting family in the daytime and then going with friends on a workshop/guided walk to view and photograph fallow deer - hope to get some nice photos if the weather stays good and the deer are obliging.
I have made a start on the next commission - a beautiful Spaniel but its a surprise birthday present so don't think I'll be showing WIPs just yet. I have another Spaniel to portray afterwards, different spaniels - one Springer and one Cavalier but they have similar colourings.