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Today is Sunday and this is the plan

*** artwork on display until it starts to rain***

As expected, the forecast for today is not promising sunshine and gentle breezes. This will be a ‘play it by ear’ kinda day, a wait and see what happens by 1 or 2 at the latest kind of day.

I will update the blog to let you know what mother nature has decided for us.

Sometime between 12 and 2 today, I will be getting interviewed by a nice young lass at a local radio station. If you find you can listen to the interview live online. Please be forgiving, should I make up words on the spot.


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I feel like a tourist in my own country

Apparently, I am now the owner of a Funny Accent. It has something to do with my d’s at the end of words like “would”, “could” and “should.” I’ve also been struggling to string together a coherent sentence, swapping British words for American ones.

“So, like, have there been lots of adverts…ads…Uh….ad-ver-TISE-ments for oh sod it, I mean screw it, I forgot what I was saying.”

(My brother Derek laughs and says “AdverTISEments, Caz?! Ha! That’s funny. Just say what you would normally say, because NO ONE says it like that here.”)

I find myself baffled at the size of milk jugs and butter tubs. Even the juice container is enormous. My bafflement continues when the tv is switched on and people are shouting, shouting at me. They speak so fast and loud. What I’m saying is important! You will listen because I am speaking unavoidably loud!!

When did all of this happen? When did I become so alien? I’m sure when I was here three years ago, at least some of this seemed normal. I’m sure I didn’t have to adjust as much.

My mom is now looking at the tin of whisky fudge I brought over.

“I’m sure if you had five, you’d still be able to drive.”

“What if I had six?”

Ok. We’ve still got humour. At least we’ve got that in common.


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times


In 2010, there were 58 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 76 posts. There were 47 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 8th with 40 views. The most popular post that day was Exeter Day 1.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for teatowelsandsheets, book hershey nebraska 1800’s brothel, photolithography, what is the georgian house made of?, and ‘the history of the worshipful company of framework knitters’..

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Exeter Day 1 September 2010


This project July 2009


Funding this project August 2010


Wall of Thanks August 2010


Identity July 2010

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‘He was a handsome man.’

This is what I know about my grandfather’s grandfather.  He was a handsome man.  And he was tall.  I have located him on the family photograph with dozens of solemn faces staring back at me.  They are lined up in three rows (bottom, middle, back) with the family farm house looking a bit sheepish in the background.  I am sure on certain occasions, that house contained all those people.  Running children, kitchen full of women, men…er…sitting?  Pipe smoking?  Their weather warn faces creased furiously around the eyes due to squinting constantly against the blazing sun.  I am thankful I was born during the time of tractors and air conditioning.  To be honest, I am thankful I am not a farm wife circa 1880.  Or even a farm wife circa 2010 as I am not very fond of rattle snakes and I don’t like dirt swirling around my face.  Let’s face it.  I’m a bit of a priss and I have come to terms with this very obvious fact.

Today, with pencils and papers at the ready, I had a delightful session of mind mapping.  I drew out the squares to be filled, doodled, scribbled notes, crossed off the bad ideas and listed potential good ones.  I now have it tacked to the middle magnetic board on the wall of my studio and am happy with the results.  Incidentally, the left magnetic board is for potential exhibitions and booked exhibitions (with work to be supplied).  The middle board is for the sole purpose of keeping me organised for the art tour.  The board on the right is full of clippings, cuttings and photographs of artwork I find visually stimulating as well as exhibitions I have visited and loved.

I am very excited about this week.  It has started off rather well.

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A history of the wife

Recently I was loaned this book as one of my friends thought it was relevant to my research.  I had never thought about this particular topic.  I just always took it for granted that they’ve always been around.  This author, Marilyn Yalom, has also written a booked titled ‘A history of the breast.’  Again, I had never given that topic much thought as I had always taken it for granted that they have always been around (she says rather cheekily).

It has been interesting reading about the role of wives during the Victorian period in both England and America.  Apparently, English women visiting America during that time were surprised at the ‘freedom of manners’ the girls exhibited.  I can only imagine the offense that was taken on a daily basis.  I have found it interesting that the middle class role of the housewife was thought of in equal terms as the career of the husband.  It was thought to be just as important to create a tidy house and warm environment, a solid grounding in morals for the children and plan social interactions with others.  I think in today’s society, these things are hardly considered important and it is just assumed that these things are set in place.  And while you’re at it love, go out and get a job and earn your keep (as if the aforementioned were not enough).

Tonight’s reading will include diary excerpts of wives on the American frontier in the 1860s and 1870s, which is ideal as this is the time when my ancestors settled in the Nebraska.  Was there room in the house made of mud and sod for visitors, let alone family?  How wild was that land they had to tame?

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Not as quiet as I seem

It has really been too long since I last posted on this blog.  The quiet does not reflect the activity.  If anything, I have gone on overdrive to catch up to my timeline and the blog has suffered a silence.

A major set back:  I had originally planned a trip to Devon for this coming week.  Unfortunately, my research had revealed too many holes that I need to fill before making the trip.  I could have gone, but am afraid that once I returned, would have realized I should have also visited X, Y and Z.  Best to be thorough before such big trips are made.  It appears that Exeter is now on the cards as a possible venue.  Exeter as venue needs to be whittled down to something more specific, don’t you think?

Funding:  Still in the works.  This is definately a specialist subject that they should teach any flegling artist at university.  Then again, if they did then I guess the competition would be tighter.

Confirmed:  I have finally received a venue confirmation.  The Bioscience building at the Centre for Life will be home to the final exhibit in October 2011.  Incidentally, today my husband and I had our final meeting in the Fertility Clinic in that same building.  A line has been drawn under the torture that is IVF.  Although I am thankful for modern science for all of its many successes, I am happy to finally walk away from this ordeal.  One chapter has ended, which has been heartbreaking.  Another one will begin, which is daunting, exciting, unknown.

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Angry artists hit out…

Well, my schedule of planning and application filling out is seriously suffering after the events of the passed two weeks.  There was a slight hiccup in that I spent most of last week trying to retrieve artwork that was wrongfully taken out of a gallery that had gone bust.

If you want to know the details, then you will find my comments with the local paper here

Ooh. That link looks tedious.

I was also key in informing several artists about the whereabouts of their beloved creations.  The whole thing was rather ugly.  The warehouse was full of artwork, from wall to wall, from floor to ceiling.  All of it retrieved to cover a debt that had nothing to do with any of us.  So…

I am looking forward to much better things.  Good things must be happening soon.  I mean, life can’t really dish out one difficult event after another without some sort of rest inbetween.  That’s how it’s been so far for me, anyway.

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