Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Time For A Catch Up

Things are not great with my Mum,she came out of hospital, but rapidly deteriorated and was re-admitted last Thursday. So much has happened in the last few weeks I cant post about it. Any way Mum is being very strong about everything, a remarkable lady, she knows that she has cancer in her liver and her bones. Today she told me that she has been offered Chemo therapy and the oncologist has told her this is not a cure, Mum is worried that she might loose her hair! I really don't know where she is getting all her strength from.

While she was being re-admitted to hospital I was in Jersey at the Textile show case with ERTF. My family were looking after Mum and persuaded me that I should attend as it had been booked a long time ago. Whether I would have gone had I known what would happen at home I don't know, Mum had said that I should go so I did! Up until Thursday I had a fantastic time, even then I had a good time as I did know that everything was being done that could be done by my brother, sister in law and my husband.

We all made our own way to Jersey, I flew from Gatwick, a good flight, it was my first visit to Jersey, it wont be my last. Every morning we met for breakfast, then we split to go to our workshops, then met again in the evening for dinner.
Sometimes there were a couple of ERTF on the same workshop, I really enjoyed the variety. The group knew what was going on at home for me and couldn't have been more supportive, without them I don't know how I would have managed!

My first workshop was with Louise Gardiner, this was a very lively workshop. For someone that says she cant draw it was very scary, Louise put on music and we had to close our eyes and draw on a piece of paper that she gave us with a pen to the rhythm of the music! The second exercise was to draw the person opposite without looking at the paper or lifting the pen off the paper My partner was Angela, if you look at her blog you will see her sketch of me!!!!!! I'm worried, I think I need a facial and must get rid of the green hair, it was the first time we had met, on her blog she says I've got a sense of humour, does she know me? I'll wait to see what your comments say......
Angela, she doesn't look like this honest........

I had an enjoyable walk with some members back from the glass church, Lalique I loved it! We took the bus there and walked along the beach back, it was really cold and windy.My next workshop was a whole day with double trouble, I played with the embellisher and have lots of ideas.ERTF had dinner with Jan and Jean it was great to sit and talk with them two very talented and lovely ladies.

We also had a whole day doing design with Gina, I had a really good day and yes Gina I have done more work in my sketch book.There was a Gala dinner, not really my sort of thing but never the less a lovely meal in our hotel.I did a workshop with Jean Moss 'knitting with beads', this workshop whilst very interesting not one I would repeat, I wish I'd done the free form knitting what ever that is? Saturday was a free day until flight time, so it was a wander around a craft market and a relaxing lunch. All in all a lovely week! Would I go again? Yes! A very friendly event, somewhere I would be happy to go on my own. The hotel was very comfortable, the only downside was that it as at the top of a hill, I was exhausted,I need to get back to the gym!

There is a good post about ERTF's Jersey trip on the ERTF Blog


  1. Loved the picture Miriam, I'm free for a "sitting" if you want a challenge!
    and so impressed that you've been knitting with beads, just up my street!!
    Not that I'm bragging about my knitting skills, still haven't finished my sock yet!

  2. Hi Miriam,
    I'm really pleased you managed to get away for the week to relax a little and enjoy yourself. I think your stitched portrait is fabulous!
    Sending huge hugs and lots of love your way. Gina x
    p.s. Pleased to hear I've not totally put you off design!

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  4. Glad you had a lovely time in Jersey.I really loved seeing all your samples. The drawing with threads was especially interesting. Thinking of you and your family in these difficult times. Love D x