Not so fast! While most people are enjoying a well-earned break and a holiday in glorious Devon and Cornwall we mustn't forget that we have a business to run and part of that caters for the tourist trade and we are approaching August Bank Holiday, traditionally the busiest time of year.
So, a holiday for us is means that I am not front of shop, Belinda gets that pleasure, and I get time to get up-to-date with all my giclée printing jobs and paint pictures. Four of them this week, to be precise. Yes, it's the RHS Rosemoor Annual Garden Exhibition and no, I haven't started them yet. Still, having Belinda mind the gallery really helps, I can actually concentrate on painting without interruptions and hopefully focus on the task in hand.
Oh, I nearly forgot, we are also doing Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show this Thursday, the 25th, so come along and see us there. A great day out for everybody.
If I can get all my duties done I hope to free up some time to get outside. I mentioned in a blog some time ago that we are about to embark on an exciting new development project (patience, I will reveal all soon) which will mean big changes next year (maybe even a proper holiday!). But before I can even contemplate that, there is a lot of preparation to do.
Planning permission is in place, I am now trying to get the drawings complete for Building Regs, wade through the structural engineer's calcs and battle with SAP jargon and calculations. Meanwhile, before the build proper, I need to build a 20 metre stone garden wall, re-paint all the exterior masonry, clear the site, empty the outbuildings and break out a concrete floor.
Anyway, after a bit of a grey and dismal weekend the weather here in Devon is set for a scorcher this week. So, although not exactly a holiday, I may get a tan shoveling sand and aggregates into the cement mixer. Happy days!