It was the greyhounds, and the jewellery making, and, and, and the up-coming holiday, and learning Italian and all, so it was. Between them all they took up an awful lot of time and wore out the poor, tired old brain.
Seriously, this has been a very busy couple of weeks.
It began with the Great Greyhound Gathering, which I blogged about last year (and the year before, too). It’s about raising funds and raising awareness for retired racing dogs and it is a wonderful event. Held at Nottingham racecourse, it’s a day filled with greyhounds, trade stands, greyhounds, people, greyhounds and more greyhounds. It’s always fun, and always a bit tiring, but this time I was behind one of the stands, not walking about admiring the dogs, so it was more tiring than usual, but also a lot of fun in a different kind of way. I didn’t take Sid and Jeffie – that would have been too difficult – so they had a couple of nights at their trainer’s place, which Sid thoroughly enjoyed and Jeff was very anxious about, but he’s getting better and learning that just because he’s taken back to Sharon’s doesn’t mean he isn’t coming home again.
I was fundraising for Brambleberry Greyhounds at the GGG, of course, but also, my HoundMade Designs got a look in with a percentage going to Brambleberry. Well, okay … not so much a percentage, as such, more a case of me taking just enough for materials and giving Brambleberry the rest, but what it did do was help me advertise my Etsy shop, and a lot of people took cards and some came online afterwards and ordered stuff.
So after the GGG, before even unpacking properly, I was restocking my Etsy shop* and promoting that like mad behind the scenes on Etsy, and openly on Facebook, and anywhere I could think of, with the result that I picked up a few custom orders. I’ve had several of these to do:
Meanwhile, the dogs still needed to be walked, and Sid still had to have his swim. Oh, yeah, and OH still had to get tossed a bit of bread and cheese once in a while and the odd cup of tea.
And of course, I’m still learning Italian, so I’ve been talking on Skype – oh, and by the way, I’m tickled to death to have made some real progress. I am actually reading a real, grown-up Italian book on my Kindle. Not a children’s book, and not an ‘easy reader’, but an honest-to-goodness novel. Yes, yes, I do have to look up quite a lot of words, and sometimes I have to make notes and ask Paola (my friend and language partner from Genoa) who is the very best person to explain things to me, because she is patient, knowledgeable, and she also teaches Italian … and she isn’t at all fazed if the things I’m asking her to translate turn out to be vulgar.
And the fasting? Well, that went well again this week, thank goodness. I didn’t have the acid reflux problem of last time, so I got through the two days just fine, and again lost a little – a very little – weight, which pleases me no end. Actually, since January this year I’ve lost nearly a stone, which is 14 pounds to those of you in foreign parts, and probably represents a large shopping bag full of stuff. I don’t know. I’ve never weighed my shopping bags, but I bet they weigh a lot.
So there you go. You’re pretty much up to date on what’s been happening here and why I’m not writing so much at the moment. I really need to take more pictures of my crafting process, and maybe some of you would be interested in that … and I will, just as soon as I get to grips with the new camera I had for my birthday!
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a picture of a bracelet I’ve just reworked for a dear friend of mine. I made it for her for her birthday a couple of years ago and she’s worn it out. I saved the two porcelain owl beads, and just replaced the others.
* My Etsy shop is closed right now because we’re going to be away for a while.