Here are some pictures of the work that was done during my recent workshop at Cowslip. Nothing ccompleted, but plenty of inspirational papers and textiles to work with.
Friday, 27 July 2007
I have just spent 4 days in Cornwall. I booked a workshop at Cowslip workshops, Launceston just after Christmas and have been waiting excitedly for July ever since. It was a mixed media workshop with Cas Holmes, a Textile Artist whose work I have admired for a long time. She had us working hard for three days and I can honestly say that at the end of each day I was exhausted with all the mental concentration. It was very enjoyable. Cowslip Worshops are situated in an idyllic situation just outside Launceston. It is a working organic farm environment . The surroundings are peaceful and inspirational. There is a wonderful shop there with the most beautiful fabrics and everything you need to make beautiful patchwork quilts. The newly opened restaurant is excellent. The food is delicious and home grown produce is used. I came home with a wealth of new knowledge and plenty of ammunition for several projects. We were a small class - eight I think - and we all got on well with each other and it was a very pleasant experience.
This was my first long drive after my Pacemaker procedure. I have not been able to drive for a month and this was my first trip on my own. I can't tell you how worried I had been in the weeks leading up to this trip as it all depended on my 4 week check up as to whether or not I would be able to go. The sense of elation when I joined the M5 at Exeter and branched off to Plymouth was so great that it felt as if I was flying down that motorway.! I always get that feeling when I am heading that way. I feel more at home there when I am at home!!!!!!!!!!!!
Quite a lot has happened to me since my last entry. The time has flown by and I have had a medical problem which saw me in hospital for 24 hours. A problem with my heart was picked up by my GP during a routine visit for a pneumonia injection. This led eventually to my brief stay in hospital for a pacemaker to be fitted. I am still coming to terms with this. I have never been one to visit the Doctor regularly. In fact I never go to the Doctor! I have always considered myself indestructible and have been far to busy with life in general to think about my health. During the waiting period for the operation I was told that I would feel so much better when it was completed and it was a 'new lease of life'. I have not found this to be true. I have turned into what I consider to be some kind of 'wimp'. I am overly nervous about almost everything. I now have a scar on my chest and a visible bump where the battery has been fitted. I fluctuate between being as high as a kite and deeply depressed and cry at the drop of a hat. I don't feel any better than I did before in fact I feel worse. The slightest little twinge makes me think I am going to have a heart attack and my scar is uncomfortable and at times painful. This all makes me sound ungrateful and probably very self obsessed but that is not true. I have a wonderful GP who has probably saved my life with his attention to detail and the Hospital staff were great and were very thorough in their care for my 24 hours with them but I can't help feeling that maybe I was happier in my sublime ignorance than I am now. I am hoping that this is a temporary state of mind and that I will come to terms with what has happened to me in the course of time. I know that things could be a million times worse and I am truly thankful.