A couple of important thoughts, and an apology!

First of all, a huge apology for not having posted anything for ages. I’ve been madly busy, and had a lot to do and think about. I need to work on updating and developing the website, and that has caused me to neglect things, which is not good. “My bad” as they say (although I’m not entirely sure what it means....?)

I had quite a good day yesterday, with a couple of interesting ‘thoughts’ emerging as a result. I was up near Durham, lecturing about Opus Anglicanum to the Embroiderers’ Guild NE Region AGM. A good day, my talk went well, and one of the ladies is involved with Richmond’s Georgian festival, so that might start me into that field as well, which would be good.

As I was going to bed, I realised that I was actually ‘chocolated-out’! I’d had a cuppa on both the way to the lecture and the way home, and I had a caramel crisp both times. Then we had a chocolate cookie-based pud with supper. It was actually TOO MUCH CHOCOLATE! I didn’t think there was such a thing. It was all TOO sweet, especially as it was all milk choc. I need to build on this.......

The rather more significant thing was that somehow the embroidery has suddenly got serious. I don’t know exactly what has tipped the balance but I’m not playing any more, this is a serious business, a real, genuine job. As I was driving home, it occurred to me: not that it is any less fun, but that I am serious about the work. It is real now, it is happening, and I am building a proper career out of my skills and interests. I can stitch, lecture, write books and papers, research the history of embroidery: this is making use of my talents and abilities, and giving me a unique position in the field. Up till now I was sort of playing at a second career - now it is real. Still huge fun, and more than slightly gob-smacking - but real and serious! It feels like an important step forward. Now to build (more seriously) on this.

I have some interesting stuff going on, which I will post about when I can, but it’s a bit hush-hush for the moment. Watch this space, Dear Reader.....