I'd umhed and ahhed, but decided I wanted to do a short painting course. It's an introduction to acrylics, running for six Monday afternoons from next week onwards.
I'd hesitated as I need to conserve what savings I've got while I'm not working/earning, but having said that you've got to live a bit! Hopefully I'll learn some useful techniques, and maybe meet some friendly people too, always a bonus. In the meanwhile I'm stitching yet more of these 'flags', wonky seams and all. I've been making multi-coloured quilts from these type of Union Jack blocks, but I'm going to try a 3 colourway design - a gorgeous Liberty-ish red, a pinky flowery pattern and a black starry fabric. I don't usually 'do' restrained palettes, so we'll see how this experiment works out.
Apart from that I nipped up to the allotment today, before the rain began falling. I'm gathering seeds - mainly marigolds, but also snap dragons, Sweet Williams, hollyhocks and poppies. Sneakily I'm doing my bit for the bees by scattering seeds (when no one's looking) in local parks. All those green spaces can do with some more blooms, so hopefully next year I'll see the odd hollyhock here, a splash of poppy red there, and - I'm sure - lots of marigolds. Calendulas are prolific self-seeders, so once they're established they'll flourish. Fingers crossed.