Being English, one is – well, how shall I put it? – slightly reserved. A particular consequence of which is, it wouldn’t normally occur to me to use a place like this to mention personal matters, so to speak. After all, you’re here for hard-nosed information, right? That’s what you like about us, right? – We tell you about stained glass painting as it’s really done. All the same, someone rang this morning who wants to spend time with us in the studio, learning the fundamentals of stained glass painting. I said:
“Right, you get our newsletters, you’ve seen the blog. You know what we’re like – technique, technique, technique … none of this fancy ‘self-expression’ business.”
And then I thought:
“Is that enough? Are we maybe just a bit too Brittish? A bit too reticent?”
So to make amends let me tell you I cycled to the studio a full 30 minutes late this morning. Shocking, eh? And being late, I hit the Stanton Lacy rush hour. And I want to show you how awful and congested the Stanton Lacy rush hour is:
OK so that’s the first personal detail I want to share with you: the hectic, furious pace of life outside our studio. Onward to the second point: why was I late? And now it gets really personal. Are you ready? The reason is, my wife Charlotte took me out for a meal because I “hit” 52 yesterday – ouch! Anyway, we cycled to a marvellous pub which is perched on top of Mocktree Hill – the hill which looks down on the tiny village (originally a Roman settlement) where we live. Had a gorgeous (but simple) meal. Then cycled down. Which is where the title to this post comes in.
What else don’t I know?
See, merry though she was – or should that be: because she was merry? – my wife astonished me by displaying her possession of a skill I didn’t know she had …
… going full-speed and hands-free on her bike down Mocktree Hill. Anyway, I’m not sure – was it last night’s dinner made me late this morning. Or maybe a restless night spent wondering, “What else is there I do not know?” And now to do some painting. All the best, P.S. On Friday normal services will resume with a really useful post on stained glass design. Specifically – showing your clients (whoever they are) what you must show them for them see you understand. Which is kind of important when you think about it … Do make sure you read it. It’s already written and scheduled to go live on Friday morning.