September was a wonderful month of family events with my two lots of visitors from Denmark; we had a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed having my brother and sister-in-law staying with me and being able to show them around - it was their fourth visit here in eight years, so we could take the sightseeing a little easy without the pressure to see as much as possible in the two week span. But having said that, we still managed quite a lot: re-visiting Stanley Park and Granville Island as well as Downtown Vancouver, where they noticed that a lot of new high rises had popped up just in the three years since they were here last; and not to forget all our lovely walks along the dykes and parks around here with my dog, Bella, who was delighted to see them again and enjoyed all the extra excitement!
I took them to the Okanagan for the second time for a few days of wine tasting and general exploring, and were lucky enough to be able to admire the early fall colors through Manning Park - both ways in beautiful sunlight! We did the northern part of the valley six years ago - this time we stayed in Osoyoos and concentrated on the wineries around there, where I was delighted to find one (Silver Sage) that does NOT add sulphites to any of their products! This has always been a problem for me and the reason I have had to stay away from alcohol for most of my life - that won't change a lot as the grapes have some in them naturally, but it might give me a little more leeway, I hope! I did buy a bottle of their lovely white wine and will try it out at some point in the near future - when the time is right and I am brave enough.
Now I'm back to normal and even if it was very sad to say good-bye, I was glad to be able to get into the studio again - after almost six weeks of no painting the withdrawal symptoms were getting severe and it was a relief to work with colors and paint again; you seem to build up a head of steam that needs to be let loose and these four little 12" squares on my studio wall are the first results.
A lot of other tasks had also been put on the back burner and they needed to be looked at and brought up to date, so the last few weeks have been busy with those as well - and wouldn't you know it: my computer has been acting up and that ate up quite a bit of time - but it now seems to be sorted.