I am one of those lucky people who has rarely suffered more than a modest cold but for over two weeks I have been largely out of action thanks to the usual mysterious autumnal infection. I have done no cycling yet because during the good weather of the past few days I have wanted to catch up on garden jobs while it has been pleasant to work out there.
Neither have I posted anything new for Doodle-a-Day though I have not been entirely idle on this front since my daughter said that I could bend the rules and paint rather than sketch. Sadly my recent efforts have been consigned to the wastebin. They were experimental, using acrylics (because they dry faster than oils) to see whether I could paint anything by electric light that might be vaguely recognisable the next day in the daylight. The results were inconclusive but mildly encouraging.
I have added a few blogs to the blogroll and there are more to follow shortly. Among the additions are David Malan, whose work I admire greatly, Lavanna for her fresh and interesting approach to painting, and Quiang-Huang whose very individual style is fascinating – if you click on pictures in his blog you will see enlargements showing every brushstroke. I have also reinstated the blog belonging to Jandi Small, which was deleted earlier in error.
In the cycling context I have reinstated Cycling Info which has plenty of interesting cycling information in addition to its racing content. Not that I have anythiong against the sporting aspects of cycling but it is not a primary interest – though I have to admit that it comes close when Team GB are showing the rest of the world how it should be done!
I have also renamed and promoted my “favourite” blogs to the top of the blogroll column, where they might get a bit more attention. They were a bit lost down below all the art and cycling categories. I have renamed them “A list” – but this particular page design has a rather random way of handling upper case letters so the effect hasn’t really worked. The latest addition to this list is Bring Me Sunshine.
The other news about this blog is that its 4,000th viewer visited today, which is all very satisfying. It is also largely thanks to my regular visitors who are so welcome and to whom I am very grateful.