Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sketching Patterns

I was stuck at home yesterday feeling unwell and ultimately feeling sorry for myself. So I found a pen and paper and sat down with a cup of milk and some Lotus biscuits (does anyone else love dipping Lotus biscuits in cold milk?) and started sketching a few patterns. I'm really looking for a simple black and white pattern that I can photocopy on to circle labels, old school style, and stick on to the back of my envelopes this Christmas. This one is a bit mangled but I like the little flaws in it so I may end up keeping it.

Monday, 24 November 2014

travels: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik and I didn't get off to a good start; I hopped off the bus a stop too early, someone gave me wrong directions, "stay on this road, it's 15 minutes" and I ended up dragging my luggage up a hill and down a hill and back up a hill and back down a hill in temperatures over 90. An hour later I was at my apartment overlooking Stradun in the Old Town and all my troubles were forgotten.

We walked the walls, again in uncompromising sunshine, but didn't get a true understanding of the town until we took the cable car up to the top of (yet another) hill. From there you can see how the red roofed town is neatly packed inside the grey city walls. Our plans to visit Mjlet were scuppered by a tornado - an actual tornado! - that flipped over a few boats in the harbour and effectively shut the city down for 36 hours. We spent most of that time marvelling at the wind and rain and watching europop music videos in the apartment. A bottle of fig brandy mysteriously showed up in our kitchen and was promptly devoured. On the final day we were finally able to venture outside the city walls where did nothing but play cards on the jetty and follow cats to their dens. A weekend well spent I think.