Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Whilst I very much enjoyed the holiday I am so glad to be home!
Way too exhausting.However,Beauty enjoyed every exhausting moment.
I am so glad to be at home and able to sit quietly in my living room and read my books, write my letters and do my art work.....oh what an exciting life that I lead. At the moment I am attempting to read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen but I am really finding it hard going, it just seems to drag and I have totally lost all interest in Edmund and Fanny .....actually I think a good slap for them both would make me feel a lot better!
This reading of Mansfield Park reminds me of when I read Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, I had been very interested in reading the book for a while as it sounded really good but I apologise here and now to Mr Rushdie and all of his fans because when I started to read it I felt it to be the most boring,long winded book that I had ever encountered. I admit to being a Philistine!
I persisted in finishing it but it left little in my memory.
Alongside of Mansfield Park I am now reading for a little light relief(!) The Lost Life of Eva Braun by Angela Lambert.When I was in school the teaching of World War II was not something that happened in too much detail and in my degree I studied mostly Medieval Welsh history so I felt for a while that I should read a little more on 20th century history.I had always wondered about Eva Braun and so far the book seems very good.

I apologise for not have blogged earlier but access to the internet is severely limited to one computer being temporarily out of action.
Yesterday evening Fiona wanted to work on the computer so Beauty was relegated to watching videos in the middle room.....BIG MISTAKE!!
She watched videos and trashed the room at the same time.
Beauty's speech has increased amazingly in the last few weeks and she is so much better with actual communication. Whilst on holiday we were at the restaurant table and I asked Beauty something and she replied by saying I HAVE FINISHED MY DINNER.Well I was absolutely floored, I was so taken back. That is such a huge improvement.

Yesterday I returned to my art class and was thrilled by a 16 year old student sitting next to me who seemed genuinely surprised that in a few days I will be 47.Actually whether she was genuinely surprised or not I don't care as the sentiment made my day.
My next finished piece of work has to be in by Monday, it is a self portrait!
I have chosen to paint myself in a landscape and the reason is? Less of me to see!


Anonymous said...

Welcome home!

Great to hear the news on Beauty's speech improvements!!

Steve said...

Glad to hear you are all home safely and well! I had to read Mansfield Park for my A level English and still cringe at the mere mention of Fanny Price... too wet by half!


Hi Elissa,
I am so glad to hear Beauty speak in sentences but I am sure the day will come when her constant chattering will exhaust me.


Hi Steve,
I am determined that Mansfield Park will not defeat me!

Marla said...

Welcome Home! I am glad you had a nice vacations. The photos are great. That shrine looks very interesting.




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(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.