Sorry folks. I didn’t realise I’d come over quite so miserable in my last post, but your comments and the emails I got informed me otherwise! I still don’t read much negativity in my post, but clearly I said something that made it all sound rubbish. Honestly, it’s not.
There is a lot of sunshine and the people here are very kind, warm, and inclusive. I love that people are more open about their opinions than in the UK (something I enjoy about most of the rest of Europe) and it’s assumed that everyone participating in a discussion is grown up enough to accept disagreement without taking it personally.
There are hilarious fox squirrels everywhere, and we have a chipmunk living in the rocks outside our flat that takes up way too much time every morning just sitting around being cute and getting watched. Much like our furry friend, who appears to have just woken from hibernation in the past couple of weeks, I’m nesting like crazy, which is something I will post about later this week, hopefully.
Tracey’s comment pointed me in the direction of an article discussing some agricultural politics in the US that allowed me to investigate further by myself, and I understand the economic mechanisms behind food prices somewhat better. It doesn’t make $7 for a loaf of bread sting any less, but I feel more sympathy for the majority of players in this exchange than I did when I felt like I was being fleeced!
Pattern-wise, being in a new environment is great for creativity and I have plenty of sketches and swatches on the go already. I am also very aware that there are 3 patterns that I’ve been promising to finish for months, but the whole moving process massively disrupted that, so I look forward to getting those completed and released. There is plenty to be positive about, squirrels aside, and much to look forward to!