The week whizzed past. Four out of five days had Sean, our painter, working in the new workshop area in the barn - this is going to be a sewing area. I measured it this morning and it's 14' x 23'. It's going to be a lovely space we can hold small workshops in, should we want to. We also picked more apples, we have now got most of the ones we can reach but as usual there are still lots up there. We're hoping the reduction that's going to be done to the tree at the end of this week will solve some of that problem, but when you have a tree that's several hundred years old, it's going to be BIG. Note to self: must remember to tell the guys to preserve our mistletoe. We rather like the fact we have mistletoe in our apple tree :-) Nanowrimo started this week, and so did my scifi romance; despite several very busy days I have so far managed to keep to target. Day two was a little annoying, as I hit my word count and posted only to realise it was gone midnight so it counted as day three, not day two - spoiled my perfect record of posting every day! Never mind :-)
Penny had an embroiderers' guild trustees meeting in Hoddesdon on Thursday so left early and returned late - a long, long drive for her. Friday it was my turn to do the shopping with Lynn.
Saturday Penny and I headed down to Oxford for Queer Company 2, an event for writers of m/m (mostly) erotic fiction. I don't write in this genre (although Penny won a stiffy some years ago for a Quantum Leap story) but there are always writing tips to be picked up whatever your genre. The event is run by an old friend of mine and it's always nice to offer her support. This year's event was enlived by an afternoon talk from Farah Mendlesohn, who I have corresponded with on LJ and Facebook for some years but hadn't previously met. It was lovely to finally meet her.
I don't know what's going on in Oxford - well, I do, but I hadn't realised before we got there: they seem to have completely demolished the main shopping mall, and are rebuilding it, resulting in street closures and bus re-routings that nearly had Penny and I stranded on the wrong side of town before I realised we would have to walk to Debenhams to get the bus back to Peartree park and ride. Also, the area around the castle, much touted when it was opened as THE place to be of an evening, seemed strangely deserted and rather run down. Some of the lights weren't working, and there didn't seem to be half the restaurants and bars there used to be - despite the rest of Oxford being as busy as ever on a Saturday evening.
Sunday - I may as well cover it since I'm not writing this until Monday! - I headed up to the Blue Ginger gallery, where Hannah Willow was running a silver workshop. I went to a workshop with her earlier in the year but didn't manage to finish my piece, so she kindly invited me up for free to sit and do the beading. Piece now finished, hooray! I have now been to Blue GInger so frequently that the proprieter,
Update LJ: Sun - Nature in Art, a bit queasy; Mon - unexpected painter, picking apples; Tues - start Nano, usual GC, home alone, NAYJ paperwork; Wed - no painter; Thurs - Penny away; Fri - Shopping; Sat -