February is here after what was a mercifully mild January. Candlemas Day was rather dull here in Yorkshire.
According to old wisdom:
If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings cloud and rain, winter shall not come again.
Although this is about as likely to hold true as the predictions of the groundhog, it always gives me a boost.
What I’m working on
I have enjoyed producing the March–April issue of Round Up magazine. The front cover features images heralding the onset of spring in our two villages. Winter is certainly not over, but the snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses push through the earth regardless.
The advent of spring triggers a flurry of events to raise funds for local, national and international groups. There are many events happening over the Easter period, both religious and secular.
Editing and proofreading such a variety of content is very satisfying. I particularly enjoy designing the front covers.
What I’m reading
I remember hearing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits for the first time in 1981. I was captivated by this song and it reminded me of my father’s liking for West Side Story. Although I’m not keen on some of the music by Dire Straits, there are many songs that I love. On a whim I read My Life in Dire Straits by John Illsley. John was the bassist in the group, and the story of his childhood, teenage years and chance meeting with David Knopfler is enlightening. How many of us have dreamed of fame and fortune at some point? But how many of us could keep a level head when they came knocking?
What I’m doing
I am grateful to have been accepted as a member of York Editors. This is a group of editors and proofreaders based in or near York and I am looking forward to meeting other professionals. I have been busy working on my entry in the York Editors directory and you can view it here https://yorkeditors.org.uk/2024/02/12/louise-glynne-walton/
What I’ve learned
One of the most common grammar errors is the past participle of the verb to lead. The past participle is always led, but this is so frequently written as lead that it becomes difficult to remember that it should be led.
I lead the team to victory this afternoon. I led the team to victory yesterday. I have led the team to victory. I had led the team to victory.
I don’t think I misled you with these statements.
What I’m listening to
To my shame, I have never read a novel by Georgette Heyer. However, this may change after listening to her biography, written by Jennifer Kloester. This is a wonderful account of Georgette’s life, and I was struck by how much of her life was influenced by her father.
My next audiobook is one I have wanted to listen to for quite some time – Becoming by Michelle Obama. I heard extracts from the book on Radio 4 some years ago and added it to my list.
What I’m stitching
I have had enormous fun stitching my latest project titled ‘Garden Paths’. This is a band sampler designed by Patricia Ann Bage to represent many varied styles of paths through a garden. Each band features different speciality stitches. This makes band samplers a most satisfying way to expand my repertoire and perfect new techniques. This sampler was stitched with Kreinik Silk Mori Milkpaint floss, which replicates the milkpaint look of colonial and early nineteenth-century periods. The solid cream bands were stitched with DMC Perlé floss. The next job is to stretch the linen and frame the piece.
What I’m looking forward to
Now that I am a member of York Editors, I am looking forward to my first meeting. We will be meeting in person at a small hotel in York. It will be marvellous to make new connections and put faces to names I know well. I hope to learn from experienced professionals and have a jolly good lunch and chat to boot.