The Gothic Manor is home and made it with very little incident.
It's ready to work on but I haven't been able to get to it because of this
I had builders in for ten days, skimming walls with plaster, replacing ceilings, renovating an out building for my new workshop and generally making a huge mess that I'm still cleaning up. But despite the mess, I've had a first visitor to the Manor. Catherine of Kilmouski & Me made and sent me this most generous gift.
A beautifully crafted Raven. Thank you again Catherine, he is just the perfect addition to any Gothic home. If you click on the link for Catherine's blog you can see better photos since my photography doesn't do it justice
Then I got an email from a miniature friend in Lithuania, Lena, who has asked me to give a shout out to her new Etsy shop
She makes unique wicker items in many miniature scales. Go on, take a look
Workwise - I have made the decision to take voluntary redundany from my current employer and will be finished on the 31st August. In the end it was an easy decision to make. I had always wanted to make miniatures for a living, though I planned to do it closer to retirement age. I also needed to be available for my family since my Sister had become gravely ill. Everything seemed to be falling into place. My Employer kindly gave me severence money so that I could build a workshop at the back of my home. I found a second hand Proxxon planer/thicknesser, (the last tool I needed to be able to size my own wood), for sale in Kilmarnock.
After a seven hour drive there and back, I had it and it works perfectly.
But, my dear Friends, my plan to have some quality time with my family was cut short. My dear Sister passed away.
I will be absent from my blog a little while to grieve the loss of my beautiful Sister. I will be back however, to honour one of the last things she said to me - you have one life, live it!