Friday 25th March – Today was a day that I was not looking forward to as I had an appointment with my Physio in the morning and another with my family Dr. in the afternoon to remove the 30 staples from the incision. I am happy to report that both went better than hoped :). The wound had completely healed and Dr. Love was extremely gentle in removing the wire loops. I am now far more optimistic and gaining a much increased range of motion in the leg over the coming two weeks.
Dian and I had recently talked about planning a getaway up island. Last weekend a glossy flier arrived in the local weekend paper for events at Painters Lodge and April Point Lodge
( http://www.aprilpoint.com/ ) one of these June 5th -7th attracted my interest ” Travel Sketching with Ink and Watercolours “(http://www.aprilpoint.com/specials/live-and-learn/).
We have a reservation and Dian will will have a spa day or two while I take the course.
In my teenage years I enjoyed making pen and ink sketches of places visited either on my bicycle or whilst hiking on the downs, dales and fells of England. Now that I am to spend a fair amount of time with my leg elevated for while I decided to dig out my old pens. Alas much of the tools and skills have been lost over the years. I have purchased fresh ink and a few brushes and of course a Windsor Newton Watercolour travel set. A few small preliminary sketches have encouraging me. We have in our immediate neighbourhood several good spots where subjects can be found – French Creek – French Creek Harbour – Columbia Beach and its Foreshore and several small parks. Slightly further afield we have Qualicum Beach, Coombs and Parksville. and of course from our own garden a stunning view of the Arrowsmith Park Mastiff.