I keep saying this to myself and then I don't... Not sure anyone reads it anyway!
A lot has happened this month, the saddest thing being that Flower, the older of my two greyhound ladies, was put to sleep last week. Her back legs collapsed, I think her spinal nerves stopped working, whatever it was she couldn't get up and was in great distress. The same thing had happened to Tiggy, my previous dog, so I knew that it was the kindest thing to do for her. She was 12, she was clumsy and she tripped over me and I tripped over her, but she was such an affectionate thing and she did at least have 6 months sleeping on the sofa in the warm instead of being in a cold old kennel.
Whizzy looks a bit lost and sad, but I don't think I will look for another companion for her yet. I will see how she gets on as a single dog..
The album has now been tweaked and twinkled and is being mastered in the US as I write.. hopefully Tim, Alistair and I will be happy with the result and then that will be that! The lyric illustrations have been completed by Koldo, so now it is just up to Michael of Urban Art to pull it all together and that will be that bit done.. Jon the manager can then get on with everything else that has been waiting for the finished album and that will be that. As well! And I shall say hooray and have a celebratory biscuit..
With Anji (and lots of other nice people) I was part of the Artist Liaison team at the Oxford Folk Festival this last weekend. It was huge fun, but vastly tiring. Made lots of tea and coffee and made sure all the artists were comfortable and happy.. I managed to see a bit of The Dhol Foundation - how fantastic are they? (well they jolly are!) and a minute of Kate Rusby and a song from Spiers and Boden and also a song from Cosmic Aubergine. They were all excellent!
Caught up with lots of people I haven't seen for ages including my son and his wife and the bump which is nearly ready to be born. Anytime now....
I have been looking after my daughter's zebra finches while she and her husband have gone on a belated honeymoon to Canada. We had a pair of these very cute little birds when Neff was young and they were most entertaining (and noisy!) and I am now remembering just what a strange little song they have. And four of them sound like a whole factory of little machines. They are very sweet, the sitting room is now full of feathers and seed along with the usual dog fluff..
Time to feed the Whizz who has been watching me with one eye open for the past five minutes in case I should head off to the kitchen...