First things first. For the last 10 days I have been running a giveaway on the blog. Ten commenters, numbered 1 to 10. Random number generated at random.org was 5 so the winner is ....Linda from Remote Treechanger. Congratulations Linda, I'll be in touch.
Last few days has been out of routine. On Friday, I left the family and drove myself to Canberra to see the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition at the National Gallery. It's been a very popular exhibition, with truly amazing paintings including Van Gogh's Starry Night which is so beautiful it brought me to tears. In the end, I bought a print from an artist I'd never heard of, Vilhelm Hammershoi. The work (above) is called Rest, and I stood in front of this painting for ages fascinated by it. A very different take on portraiture. It was an amazing exhibition, get to it if you can. Much cheaper than a trip to Paris!
After staying with some dear friends in Canberra on Friday night, I drove then to Sydney for a school reunion. I'd never done a reunion before. I'm glad I went. It was an emotional night, catching up with people from so long ago, cringing and laughing at the things you said and did as a teenager. I found everyone's stories of triumph and tragedy (and nearly everyone had a bit of both) fascinating. I came away feeling a bit drained, with a very sore jaw from talking and laughing so much. Most of all I came away with renewed thankfulness for the many, many blessings in my life.