I've been quiet for a while (yes, unusual!) but in that time one of the fabulous things I did was to have a week away with 2 other calligraphers. We hired a cottage in beautiful Gunnerside in North Yorkshire, and each took calligraphy work that we wanted to progress. Each day we would spend as much time as we wanted working away, with occasional distractions for walks, meals, outings, watching Wimbledon, drinking wine, wandering the village looking for a wifi signal, etc.
It was a really lovely week - once I got into the swing of it it was quite shocking how much can be achieved when focussed. I was helped greatly by there being no internet access (ahhh - the time it eats!) and it being mostly rainy (I find it hard to resist being outside when it's sunny).
I'll tell you in the next post what I was working on...
I'I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I love the challenge of writing a family tree. But of course all the trees I've written to date have gone to the people that commissioned them.
I've spent some time getting half of my family tree (my Mum plus the preceding 5 generations, going back to around 1800) written up. I'm very pleased with it, and although it wasn't quite finished, I took it along to a family gathering where people were really interested to look at it.
I've also taken it to a couple of craft events where it certainly generated plenty of conversation.
Sadly I've not discovered any rogues in my family yet - but I'll keep looking! The funniest thing about this tree is that I accidentally wrote my sister in law's date of birth as 1868 - she doesn't look nearly that old!
(And luckily it was quite an easy correction to make)
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.