Celia Hart's blog about what's going on in and around her studio.
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

A bumpy homecoming


Hi . . . I'm back!

Cliff and I went off on another long adventure, we arrived home on Tuesday afternoon and I'm still feeling muddled and exhausted.

We had a rough landing. No, not the plane! – in fact it was the gentlest, smoothest plane landing I've ever experienced – thank you Mr BA Pilot; it was the bit after we collected the car at the airport that shook us up – we found out that my Mum was in hospital, like mums do, she had ordered everyone not to contact us while we were away! So before going home we went straight there to see her.

We'd not long been home when my neighbour who had been caring for the studio assistants and the flock, called me to break the news that Pearl the little Araucana hen had been found dead :-( she had probably fallen into the duck-weed covered pond and although she managed to get out she had collapsed and died nearby. Poor little Pearl – and what a shock for my friend, who kindly buried Pearl in The Wild Wood.


Thankfully the hospital has got my Mum back to normal again and she's back home. But I'm still very jet-lagged and all shook up. Cliff and I went to so many places on our road trip and saw some amazing things . . . I will blog about some of them when I get sorted out and start to remember them!

I really will be back soon,
Celia
xx


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    1. A bit of a shock ... could've been worse.

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  2. Oh dear, what a homecoming. Looking forward to hearing about your trip when you've got your breath back.

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    1. I have a couple of blog posts planned, busy sorting out studio stuff.

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  3. Oh dear. What an unhappy landing. Its always feels like a miracle when we get home from holiday and everything is ok. Sadly this time for you it wasn't. Hope it is all ok soon.

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    1. It was one of those reality check moments, but settling down now, thanks.

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  4. Glad your Mum's recovered and sorry for the loss Pearl.

    If we knew what was round the corner we might never make plans.

    Looking forward to reading about your travels.

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    1. That sounds like a Yiddish proverb!

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    2. It is - when man plans, god laughs

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  5. Glad your Mum is OK. Poor sweet Pearl!

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  6. Oh you poor thing (on both counts!). Hope your mum gets better soon.

    I lost Chick last week too after he went for a wander and bumped in to a fox :(

    Best,

    Ryan

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    1. Read about Mr d'Ixy (thought you'd like that name) while I was away. Sorry you lost him in 'Brothers Grimm' circumstances.
      Cheep is missing Pearl soooo much :-( I think I'll have to get him some new girl-friends.

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  7. Oh Celia, what a homecoming indeed.

    Best wishes to your mom for steady recovery.

    And let me also send you sympathy on losing little Pearl.

    One more thing, I used one of your Mother Hen cards to write a thank you note to a friend for a special gift she'd brought me back from Malaysia. She absolutely loved the card and asked that I pass along her compliments.

    xo

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    1. Thank you for the kind thoughts Frances and I'm pleased your friend like the card xx

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  8. That wasn't a very nice welcome home for you Celia. Pleased to hear your Mum is being sorted out and wish her better soon. G x

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    1. Things are improving, thanks Gina xx

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  9. Oh Celia, what a home coming! Glad to hear your mum is on the mend though. Best wishes, Amanda x

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  10. Sorry to hear about all this, hope your Mum (and you) recover soon.

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    1. Thanks Roy... good thing I'd had a holiday!

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  11. It's good to know that your Mum is back home, I hope fully recovered by now.

    What a shame about Pearl, not nice for your neighbour having to cope with that and telling you on your return.

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    1. My friend knew I would be upset about Pearl - but I was more upset that she had to deal with it!

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  12. oh sweetheart that is all a bit much, I am so glad your Mum is back to normal but what a way to end what I hope was a fabulous holiday xxx

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    1. The holiday was fab... thanks for the kind thoughts Carrie xx

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  13. Poor Pearl, poor Celia, and your poor mother! I wish you a few quiet days to slowly recover from the shock and jetlag and I wish your mother a full recovery very soon.

    Warmest wishes,

    Stephanie

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    1. Yep! Pretty bleugh all round! But the holiday was great and things are getting back to normal. xx

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  14. I hope you get back on track soon after your bumpy ride.

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  15. so sorry to hear that your homecoming was so fraught and sad....hope your mum is on the mend.....

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    1. Things seem worse when you're jet-lagged. I'm back on Suffolk time now :-)

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  16. that must have been quite a shock; if I was your mum I'd have done the same. I think she must have known that she would pull through. It's sad about your hen.
    I'm glad you did have all the wonderful experiences - that they weren't cut short I mean and I hope to read something about Portland and San Francisco -both of which I'd love to visit.
    love Gabs

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    1. Thank you Gabs... in fact there was nothing I could have done if I had come home.
      The holiday was great, thanks. We spent time in San Fran' last year, so this time we just drove over the bridge, had a walk in the park and lunch at Louis'. Portland is fun... you'd love it!
      xx

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  17. I'm only just catching up! What a traumatic homecoming. I'm glad your Mum's on the mend now, you must have been so worried. And then to come home to the news of your little hen... Hope you are now back to normal. I've just enjoyed reading about the giant trees, it's somewhere I'd love to go, your photos are so atmospheric.

    love Penny xx

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  18. Some pretty designs alright. Doing the painting yourselves is more fun but a good place for ideas for more design is this site of wahooart.com, that I use to help with my wall decorations.
    You can browse for a painting like this The tree, by 20th century Czech artist, Frantisek Kupka, for example, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LHUQV , that can be ordered on line and delivered to you.

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