Saturday, November 29, 2008

Falmouth!

Trains and boats and planes, what a busy few weeks! This week I went to visit my good friend Cat who lives in Falmouth (where we both went to art college). Part of the fun of going to Falmouth is the train ride! I think trains are my favourite form of transport, especially along this part of the coast:

Here's a pic of me and Cat in our lovely hats...There's a new falafel van in falmouth too, it's called 'Falfalafel' Brilliant! And has lovely illustrations painted all over it:A trip to Cornwall is not complete without a creamtea in the afternoon...YUM!It was nice and Christmassy too, some of the window displays were gorgeous :o)
And now I'm home again! And catching up with my 2 book projects and househunting..

Also in my news, I bought a book the other day - 'Don Quixote de la Mancha':
It's a story I've been thinking about for aaaages, and after visiting Madrid 2 weeks ago, I decided to give a go!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Madrid!

Last week I went to stay with Sandra and her family for the weekend. Sandra is a brilliant Spanish illustrator, who I met through my illustration agency. Thanks for having me come and stay, Sandra, I had such a brilliant time, it all feels like a dream now!

I flew from Bristol airport, it was such fun! It's been ages since I've been away anywhere.Then I landed 2 hours later in Madrid! Madrid is the capital of Spain, right in the middle of the country. It stayed beautiful and sunny for the whole weekend, it was quite cold as it is surrounded by mountains (although it gets very hot in the summer!)

This is the view from top of a hill in Sandra's village, isn't it pretty!Roof tops of the city, and an interesting painting in the bottom right corner...We ate 'churros', sort of donuts which you dip in thick hot choclate! YUM!The streets got very busy on Sunday morning when everyone comes out to shop at the Rastro Market!We did sooo much shopping! I bought 2 scarves, a hat, a bag, a pretty top and a cardigan!There were lots of gorgeous antique shops, I just wanted to take everything home with me! One day I would love one the fancy metal flower chandeliers we saw! Or a big old lantern.Or a giant tortoise!After our hard morning of shopping at the market, we went for tapas in one of the little bars. We had a selection of meats and cheese, soup, meatballs, calamari, salad... it was delicious! I saw some people eating snails, and bulls tail!Later, we passed Don Quixote! The author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, lived near Madrid, and the stories are written all around the local area. The author is now buried in Madrid. I just love the characters, so recognisable.Then, as the sun was going down, me and Sandra and her two chidren, went on the cable cars! It was a bit scary - a bit wobbly! But fun! We waved 'Hola' to the passing cars! And now I'm back in bristol! I had such a fun time! I want to travel a lot more like this, visiting friends along the way.

I forgot to add a song too! The song that will remind me of staying with Sandra this weekend is Manu Chao 'Me Gustas Tu'. (He likes lots of things and he likes you! One line in particluar 'Me gusta Malasaa, me gustas tu" (Malassa is a cool area of Madrid!):

Monday, November 03, 2008

Cosy things......scary things...and lovely things.......new slippers and pyjamas......(which Daisy approves of)..
and a gloriously messy desk!
And a sparkley star-shaped invite to the Christmas party of the publisher I am working with at the mo, how exciting!

I'm still here, sorry haven't blogged in a while. Lots has been happening.

I'm going away to Madrid soon for a long weekend, I can't wait! I'm visiting a fellow illustrator friend and her family. I haven't been away in years, so it will be something extra special visiting a friend too. It's a bit of a spontaneous decision but those are often the best kind. We are hoping to go to a Flamenco Bar and visit the big Rastro market on sunday :o)

And the dummy book I worked on a few weeks ago was received well at Frankfurt, so we now have the go ahead for the whole book! And it's with one my 'dream publishers', which must be why I feel like I'm dreaming most of the time...

And there's changes a-foot at the moment too, as I have to move house soon. Me and my housemates must move on, so I am currently house hunting! I'm not tooo worried at the moment, I'm planning on drawing and painting up until the move date and then take 2 days off to move and unpack. There seem to be a lot of lovely houses around with nice housemates, so we shall see! In 2 months time I will have a new home! It's exciting too, in a way....

Here's a pretty tune that I like. It's called 'Words to that effect', by 'Hint', from the album 'Portakabin Fever':