Sadly I had to make the decision to resign from the Waveney Springs Art Collective after only one year with this worthwhile group. Unfortunately for me my time is precious and I didn't think it was fair to the other members as I couldn't commit to it as fully as I would have liked.
I've been dabbling in painting schist houses, thinking about my portuguese house and paintings to hang on the wall and I've also just started a new painting of crocuses.
My picture framer Carol and her partner and some new friends Sarah (a wedding photographer) and Graham came for dinner last weekend. It was good to see them. I prepared a three course vegetarian meal that seemed to go well. This leads me into last weekends revelation. The lovely Roy and I went for lunch in a local vegetarian restaurant (Sarah and Graham used to run this). Information was available on the devastating treatment we humans inflict on animals in our intensive farming techniques, calves being forcibly removed from their mothers at two or three days old and 'trucked' off to await either the abbatoir or a horrid live of factory farming themselves. Mothers with their udders still saturated with milk and grieving for their calves already artificially inseminated and pregnant with their next calves, all for the sake of our requirements for milk. How horrid all this is. Having been vegetarian for 32 years, I'm trying out a vegan diet 80 % sucessfully at the moment in the light of this new information, although I'm not adverse to eating dairy products when animals have been treated properly. How far will we go to upset the equilibrium of this world??