First of all, apologies for not responding to email or being round to visit everyone much this week. I will catch up, I promise.
I've been sick - it turns out I had tonsillitis (which is every bit as foul as I remember from childhood) but by the time I realised I was getting worse, and went to see the doctor, I was feeling really rough. He assured me it was probably viral, but he took a throat swab "just in case", and off I went, back to bed and feeling maybe I was making a big old fuss about nothing. Ha. Sure enough, it wasn't viral; I'm now on antibiotics and feel a lot better today. I worked for four years in a building looking out on the Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford and knew that it had played a critical role in turning Fleming's discovery of penicillin into a marketable commodity, but to be honest never really gave it much thought. Right now, I am very grateful for the work those people did so many years ago. (OK, so I'm not on penicillin itself as I'm allergic to it, but the principle's the same).
So, not a lot happening on the creative front this week, but I did manage at last to have a go at felt making with some rovings I bought a year ago (ahem). I used the straightforward instructions given in Complete Feltmaking by Gillian Harris. It was very therapeutic; I have some ideas for the various bits I made, but to start with just went with the obvious beaded flowers.
(Pssst Ali - this is why I needed the sushi mat ...)