Thank You

We are most definitely living through strange times. Or, perhaps, not if you look back across the centuries. Maybe it’s just our 21st-century, developed-world mode of living that has encouraged us to become more and more over-confident in the abilities of medical science and technology to overcome any ‘surprise’ new disease. Worryingly, according to the well-informed Bill Gates, it is unlikely that an effective vaccination will be widely available for at least 18 months.

Drawing out text is certainly not one of my talents!

And, only today all over the news (here in the UK) there have been discussions that it may well become commonplace when out and about in public to wear face masks in the same way that it is the accepted norm in countries like Japan.

At present, for most of us, following the lockdown rules and helping those we can in our immediate ‘socially distancing’ circle is the best we can do. And, of course, we can also thank those professional NHS staff, care home workers and all those employed turning up to perform essential roles. I don’t know if you have seen, but various artists have also shown their thanks by offering designs for those stuck at home to colour-in or adapt.

There was this design on the Arts page of the BBC website from Sir Michael Craig-Martin.

Then I saw that Damien Hirst had also produced a design. This too is available to download from his website.

But naturally I was always going to be doing my own version.

Typography’s a bit wobbly, but I think you get the idea.

I have painted my thanks and I’ve hung it my bay window. I may not be a famous artist and this contribution may not be as big as some of the banners I’ve seen round Ipswich, but it’s certainly bright and cheerful .

It’s sort of a rainbow . . . there’s lots of flowers . . . and if you look very closely there is one butterfly (honestly).

Of course at the moment there’s not much vehicular traffic, but my road has become part of a popular route for joggers, cyclists, dog-walkers and people strolling through for their one hour of exercise in the sunshine. Quite a few of our local residents have tried to lift the somewhat gloomy air by filling their windows with rainbows and teddy bears (the bears are there for those on the Bear Hunt!) and somebody has even painted a full-colour, gloss paint rainbow across the road. Strange times indeed.

To review or not to review

PW Pink HangerI’m sure like me if you do a little shopping on the Internet from time to time you are requested to add a review for a product or a service you’ve recently purchased. I have mixed views about this reviewing process. On the one side I definitely read what past customers say if I’m wavering on whether or not to buy one brand over another especially if it’s an important purchase. And, on the other side when I get a reminder to offer a review myself I think have I the time, can I be bothered?

As I type this I’m having fun working my way round an intermittent fault on my serenely antique monitor. I’m finding photoshopping any image at the moment has become a daily trial, me against the machine – unbelievable. Time, I think, to replace the failing device.

reviews old monitor
My old 3rd-hand monitor. Previously used by my daughter and before that originally bought and used by my father.

So, this is a thank you to all those folks who take the time to type out a review on a product or service – especially those people who’ve had a monitor for more than a year and have updated the world on how it’s still working or not (very useful information)!

And finally, as somebody who sells her work online a thank you to the lady who took the time to write this generous review for one of my scarves.

Etsy-review

At midnight tonight!

CelebrationGosh – a mini celebration here on the old blog – at midnight tonight it will be one year since I started blogging. I kind of started by mistake, experimenting, thinking if you don’t tell anybody then nobody sees it, and I remember being quite amazed when I investigated the stats info and discovered that there had been visitors! Well, I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank all the readers, likers and comment makers for their ‘activity’. And, also to offer an inclusive thank you to all the bloggers I view and read who are so interesting and often inspiring. – Speech over –

A slice of celebration cake then?

Celebration cake