3.10.09

Into October



Thank you so much everyone for the lovely congratulations; I truly appreciate it. At certain stages in my life I always feel sad that I can't share them with my mum and dad. I know that they would have been so proud. But next to that, having support from my blog and real-life friends is wonderful.

Life is falling back into a familiar pattern; for the first time in a few years, I have two *proper* jobs on (not to mention 101 little chores on an ever growing list). So I divide my time neatly into work and play. I heave myself out every morning to cycle and return, refreshed, to ensconce myself in the studio. This is what happened when I was lazy and dipped my paint bowl into the water jar.




Slipped out of my fingers and sank to the bottom. Luckily it was easily saved.




On Andy's days off we go out walking. This week we discovered a nice new route nearby, in a village dripping with history, as recorded here on Cotswold Peeps. Today we have a turning - light drizzle gusted in on fresh winds. The cats know and have called a truce. This is the real sign that the weather is on the change;


21 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The weather is changing here also. Rapidly. It's most welcome for all of us. I woke up this morning with both dogs at the foot of the bed. A sure sign of cooler temperatures!

frayedattheedge said...

Lovely to catch up with your news after our holiday. Well done on the bears - it's lovely to see talent being rewarded.
ps - do visit my blog - I'm having a giveaway to celebrate my 200th post!!

Suze said...

We haven't had rain today, but it's definitely been windy. I'm just surprised how green the trees still are...by now we've usually got a garden full of leaves.

I love the photos from your trails...

the casbah kitten said...

We're getting lovely cooler weather here also and my cats have started snuggling up with me at night. The cool weather has promped a flurry of yard work for me and I'm really enjoying it! Those kitty lumps on your sofa are so precious!

rachel said...

Nice selection of cats you have there, Gretel, all doing what cats do best.

tut-tut said...

The bowl in the water would be interesting to paint, I think.

Such an array of colors in your cats! and a cozy spot to sleep.

Frances said...

Well, you've just tugged at my heart and soul with that Peeps posts, and now I see the indoors post over here.

I am so glad for your good news, and know that much more will follow. You've got a unique talent that speaks so well to those who've got their eyes and heart open.

Cheers!

Menopausal musing said...

One cat "snug as a bug" here too............. A lot of wind and rain here yesterday too. I agree with Frances: You really do have a uniqaue talent.

Twiglet said...

That's a lovely Autumn photo.

Yarrow said...

I'm glad your little painting bowl didn't break. It's comforting to know I'm not the only one to be clumsy, although you'd have to go a way to beat my latest caper. I've just sawed through the top of a table by mistake. I am so in trouble tonight!

Your cats look so cosy, bless them :)

kx

acornmoon said...

What a cosy cottage scene, have you ever dipped your paint brush into a cup of tea? I do it all the time!

BumbleVee said...

we had some snowflakes over the weekend.... lots of leaves down now... although because we had such warm weather so late..lots are still pretty green as well. tomorrow will be +14C...but then.... yikes!....-10 by the end of the week.... it was too great to last...it's time now....

I know what you mean by not being able to share little moments with your Mum....mine never did get to see my bears or dolls. I began making them the year after she died.... I sure do miss being able to pick up the phone and call her to tell her of little successes...she was our biggest cheerleader all of our lives.

Cotswoldgent said...

PG, just catching up as I've been away, so late congrats on your wonderful news. I was saying to someone only the other days how colder it was getting. Very wet here today(typical). Me thinks time for the wood burner to be lit!

Mlle Miracle said...

Your cats are wise, and very respectful. Everyone is in a sofa's corner, curled and in the "don't disturb" position.
Well, here the weather is mad. It's like springtime, and we don't know what we have to wear. Rita is in on position all the time, I'm looking forward for the on one!
We want autumn, we want autumn!

Lisa Oceandreamer said...

I am SO happy for you Gretel. SO extremetly happy and euphoric that more and more people will see and own your genius! I LOVE your work and they you took to needle felting was like a duck to water. Soon it will be every child (and adults) dream to own an original Gretel Parker creation!!! i only wish I could give you a huge hug right now and talk over a cup of tea in your cozy cottage!
XOXOXO

Pussycats and Angels said...

Your pussycats look so content...what a lovely snug sofa you have. Even I could curl up and go to sleep on that one!
Great post :)
Warm Wishes
Julie x

Pearl said...

I got so carried away leaving you a comment on your previous post...Almost forgot to comment.
May I just say Congratulations once again. I am so happy for you.
Loving that couch photo. Looks like a good place to squeeze in and snuggle.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Sendin you big hugs,

Wyldhare said...

LOL, cats do find the most comfy places to sleep, don't they?

Jackie said...

I only spotted two cats at first..its funny how they're almost exactly the same distance apart.

dowhatyoulove said...

Moving into fall evokes a nice cozy feeling. It makes me want to curl up on the couch like your kitties. Enjoy your time of creativity.

Vickie said...

Congratulations! I've admired your work and love to visit to catch glimpses on your blog. How fun when people really get to hold a piece. The cats look so snuggly.