Thank you for all the kind comments on my drawings. To those who say they wish they could draw.....all I can say is - give it a go!! We none of us know just what we can do until/unless we try it. Until these past few months, I had never drawn anything in my life before...other than at school, and I had no skill or particular interest in art then, I just did it as it was on the curriculum. Once art lessons were no longer compulsory (from the 4th year of secondary school onwards, I think) I didn't do it anymore, and hadn't done since.
Having only taken up cardmaking in the last 2 or 3 years and found I really like it, it was just a few months ago that I suddenly decided to have a go at drawing things for cards - and found a talent I didn't know I had. I enjoy doing it, that's half the battle. I would never have said I was the creative type - other than crochet, I've always been able to do that, ever since I was a child. But as for anything crafty or artistic....nope, never given it a thought before, and never would have guessed I could do it. My Mum and sister are the arty ones in the family, elder brother is the brains (and oh boy is he brainy! plus he has a photographic memory). Younger brother is the witty one....when he's not in the throes of deep depression, bless him. I didn't seem to be cut out for anything much, other than crochet and cooking/baking. Oh, I do have good organisational skills, so there's that.
So my point is......we all of us, every single one of us, are good at something or other, even if we haven't yet found out what it is. There is no limit to what we can do......if we put our mind to it, and want it enough. So, if you'd like to draw or paint - try it!! You might find you're good at it, you never know. There are plenty of video tutorials on Youtube, you don't need expensive equipment - cheap pencils, paints and paper from somewhere like The Works or Wilkos are fine to start off with.....why buy expensive stuff if you don't know if you're going to like doing it?
Another first for me yesterday - I made Scotch eggs for the first time ever. We do like Scotch eggs but by and large, ordinary shop bought ones are horrible. I know John Gray of Going Gently blog is a connoisseur of Scotch eggs, I believe he rates Marks & Spencer ones - can't say I've tried one from there as yet. Anyway, I didn't want to deep fry them but bake them instead, to make them healthier (I never deep fry anything). I also had some pork mince which needed using up, as it had been in the freezer for months and months, so I had the idea of mixing that with a small packet of made-up sage and onion stuffing mix and using that instead of sausagemeat. I boiled the eggs for 6 minutes, so not too hard boiled, then immediately lightly cracked the shells and plunged the eggs into very cold water, to make them easier to peel when completely cold. For the breadcrumb layer, I made crumbs from some defrosted leftover brown sourdough bread, into which I mixed some herbs and a sprinkle of paprika. So the eggs (6 of them) encased in the pork mix, then floured, rolled in beaten egg and then finally crumbed all over.....I laid them on a tray lined with baking paper and baked them in the oven for about 35 mins, until they looked nice and brown. Haven't tried one yet, they're wrapped and in the fridge, we'll have one each for tea today with some salad. I'll try and remember to take a photo, and will let you know what they're like!