Smudge fights with Mickey - the cat next door, Pascale. Apparently Mickey's ear was in a similar condition and I suspect that Smudge started it, Julie.
Heather - yes, a Jan Beaney is a great thing to have. I have some of my own work on show, too - particularly up the stairs - these icon pieces are among my favourites and I've refused to sell them. Couldn't find the camera so took these with the iphone -not brilliant indoors but they've all been in various books so you'll have seen them before.
Lovely to have your sister's work Robin. The creative gene runs in the family, then?
Aussie Jo - good to buy undiscovereds - might pick up a masterpiece that way. Much more important though to enjoy the work. Also good to give encouragement by doing this.
Jackie - you are right that we need to make provision for when we leave our wonderful things. Val repeatedly told her daughters that they were not to do anything about her workroom until Jane (Lemon) and I had a look and a sort out (which we did).
Smudge says 'thanks', Becky - he is fully recovered but hasn't been out so much lately so it's frightened him a little. He had a nasty experience yesterday when I gave him a good grooming with a wire brush and accidentally groomed his 'unmentionables'. He spent a lot of time under the table glowering.
Had a strange experience with Blogger on Wednesday when I spent ages putting the video up for the free classes. It was avi format which made it very big, but good and sharp. When I looked the next day the whole post had gone! So I had to do it all again, but saved it down to mpeg which was a lot quicker but not so clear. Anyone else had that experience?
This is a pic of the final result which I meant to put with it. The base material is Model Soft/ Hearty Clay - call it what you will.
I'm going to finish this quickly in case it goes again.