I've been coughing for two weeks now and I fear the quick trip to Melbourne only exacerbated it. I finally went to to the doctor yesterday to be told my lungs were pretty revolting so hopefully a 'once a day super antibiotic' will scare it away otherwise it is testing for whooping cough in five days! But to 'wallow'? Not sure that was the right word so a quick check and Mr Google tells me to wallow is:
Indulge in an unrestrained way in (something that one finds pleasurable). Synonyms: luxuriate, bask, take pleasure, take satisfaction, indulge (oneself), delight revel etc, etc!!
"Something pleasurable"?? I don't think so but it does lead me to a comment I received from a friend on the phone the other night - "You are always sick Michele"??! I have to say it is not something that one chooses - in 35 years of nursing I never met anyone that enjoys being sick! I only visit the doctor twice a year so maybe my pathetic immune system needs a boost from some yet to be found scientific miracle! But for now I blame Mr Hashimoto for most of it - weight gain, hair thinning and a crap immune system! But honestly one would think we enjoy being sick - I'm lucky to have avoided much worse scenarios. So what to do when you don't even feel like stitching……share more of those Melbourne exhibitions of course - as promised!
The embroidery exhibition was small but the Pre-Raphaelite one was huge! A little more of those embroideries first……
There were many samplers on display as well often executed by very young girls……...
I had no idea that the National Gallery of Victoria had such a large Pre-Raphaelite collection - nearly every member represented. Arthur Hughes 1863 'La Belle Dames sans merci'…….Edward Hughes 1901 'The Princess out of School'…….
G.F.Watts 1858 'Alfred Tennyson'…….Edward Burne-Jones 1895 'Baronne Madeleine Deslandes'…….
John Everett Millais 1887 'Cecil Webb'. This was a poignant posthumous portrait of the son of Thomas Prout Webb - a distinguished Australian lawyer and King's counsel. It is presumed that Millais used a photo to complete the portrait a year after Cecil died at the tender age of nine……….
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1869 'La Mandolinata'…….
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1877 'Christina Rossetti' - a portrait of his sister…...
William Holman Hunt 1895 'The Importunate Neighbour'…….
Edward Burne Jones 1886 'The Garden of Pan'…….
Edward Burne Jones 1860 'Ladies and Death'…….
Edward Burne Jones 1871-85 'The Wheel of Fortune'…….
Edward Burne Jones 1874 'The Ascension' design for stained glass window for St Peter's Church, Woolton, Lancashire…….
Ford Madox Brown 1870-78 'The Entombment'…….
Ford Madox Brown 1862 'Sheepshearing' - a tile design for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co…...
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1867 'Alexa Wilding'……..
William Holman Hunt 1857 'Emily Hunt' - his sister…….
So with that I will hope that you are safe and well in your part of the world x
(And yes Suzie - RipponLea is where Aunt Prudence lived!)