Summer has arrived in Scotland, and after some bad storms on Monday, the next two weeks are forecast to be wonderful. My strawberry crop is just beginning to ripen and has greatly appreciated the recent rain. I love strawberries and can’t wait to get stuck into this year’s glut.
It would be nice to tell you I’ve been busy etching for the last two months and have lots of great pictures to show you. However, I somehow injured by right hand six weeks ago and was told to rest it as much as possible.
Instead I’ve been doing lots and lots of procrastination, while psyching myself up to do the boring admin jobs which I usually ignore.
My hand is now thankfully on the mend, and I started some gentle etching recently. Hooray!
Part of my admin work was taking a deep breath and ordering 1000 copies of Folkland Fables.
Buying these books is one of my 2019 goals so I’m delighted the recent school workshops I did brought in enough money to do this. I am a bit nervous about where I’m going to sell them all, but I’m coming up with some plans.
The price per copy is vastly reduced from the ‘print on demand’ copies I have been buying, which means I can sell them in shops, (who usually ask for 50%) and still make a wee bit of money on every book.
They’ll take about three months to arrive from their printers in Hong Kong, so should be here in time for the Christmas markets.
In other news, last week I filled the windows of Cupar library with one of my pictures as part of Cupar Arts’ art trail.
Cupar library is a beautiful old building, and I think my pictures worked well in it’s windows. I was delighted with the comments I received by patrons and visitors alike and it was fab to go around town seeing other local artists’ work in shops and other unusual places.
If you can’t see this video then please visit my blog to view it there.
Luckily my injured hand hasn’t affected my ability to hold a camera, so I’ve been taking photos for my second book, which is about the mythical creatures around the coast of Scotland.
I’m just back from a photography trip to the Moray Coast, where the highlight was visiting the Bow Fiddle Rock (see below), which I’d never even heard of before. It’s in this tiny cove and was covered in nesting gulls.
It’s not an area of Scotland I’d been before, and the beaches and coast were truly spectacular. I’m definitely going again and would highly recommend the area if you want to head up North.
Talking of birds, I hounded away by two nesting oystercatchers while photographing on the beach next to the Bow Fiddle Rock. The noise was unbelievable the whole time I was taking pictures on these rocks (see above) at the shoreline. Then I had to go near them again as I scrambled my way back past large rock pools making their screeching even worse.
Then, as soon as I turned my back to walk away, they shut up completely. Proud as punch to have seen off such a mighty foe.
Btw, the youtube clip I’ve link doesn’t do justice to how loud and angry they sound when they’re threatening you.
If you’ve not had the chance to read Folkland Fables yet and fancy seeing what all the fuss is about, then now’s your chance.
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As always, thank you so much for your support and interest in me and my books. I truly appreciate every single one of you.
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