On Blogger since June 2006
Profile views - 2023
|Occupation||Publisher, Jeweller, Painter|
|Location||Cumbria, United Kingdom|
|Introduction||When I retired about seven years ago, I had many ambitions, and was excited at the prospect of a second life. I wanted to write, paint, travel, and return to the craft I once tried to make a living at- jewellery. Now, I am a member of a cooperative of artists / crafts people which rents a gallery in our local market town. There I exhibit and sell paintings jewellery and books. Above all, I wanted to get in better touch with friends and family- as this is what matters most to us humans. Once the shackles of working life start to fall away, (and that's not instant or easy) the personal life becomes more important than ambition or competition. (Does anyone remember the end of Dr Zhivago, the film that is, these days?) This means that I devote my time now to all of the above. As someone said, work is a four letter word! However, I don't think I'd enjoy my retirement as much if I hadn't given my all for so many years to a largely enjoyable, and I hope useful, career as a teacher.|
|Interests||Writing, Reading, Painting, Making Jewellery, Photogrophy, Gardening, Knitting, Textiles and all Fibre Arts, Family and Friends|
|Favorite Movies||Rainman, Witness, (the perfect film!), Long Journey Home, Strictly Ballroom, Casablanca, Magnolia, Goodnight Mr Tom, ET, Ladies in Lavender, Red Dust, Nuts in May, Monsters Inc, The Shipping News, A Beautiful Mind, - a random handful from hundreds!|
|Favorite Music||Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Monteverdi, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, traditional folk, hard rock|
|Favorite Books||Of Mice and Men, (the perfect book), Dickens, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, The Kite Runner, Cold Mountain, Queen of the Lightning, The Shipping News, other writers: Terry Pratchett, Philippa Gregory, Kathleen Herbert, Henning Mankell, Steig Larson, Ursula le Guin, (Left Hand of Darkness), Penelope Lively, ..... etc etc another random selection from thousands|
Your people want to make a statue in your honor. What will it be made out of and what victory will it commemorate?
No, we used them to flavour the alcohol we had nicked from the poison cupboard.