Today is the day before my 21st birthday… but it’s a little complicated as in Australia, the place I was actually born, it is my birthday. I guess I have technically been alive for 21 years, but my calendar date says November 7th. Well, I’m going to enjoy this drawn out 21st and the novelty of it.
I am currently in a lull between stressful weeks. I had an enormous amount of assignments and tests last week, and have several more in the weeks to come. This week however, I only have one little test on Friday. I know I should be frantically studying to avoid future panic… but well, it’s nice to paint a little. I have been feeling really homesick lately, but when I paint I am happy. It started with my painting a birthday card for my brother and for my friend Steph… but there were so many things I wanted to paint! I mainly worked from photographs I have taken whilst in Canada or from real leaves I collected.
I am planning on sending these home so my family can see something a little more personal than photographs and I won’t have to worry about finding space for them in my suitcase!
How can I not be inspired to paint though? The Fall colours have lingered longer than expected and seem to get more and more lovely.
I was photographing the ivy on the back of Hamilton Hall, and saw a squirrel. As I often do, I got excited and followed it. The squirrel ducked inside the ivy – into nowhere. It turns out that there are little burrows all through the ivy for the squirrels to hide in! Living at a university has certainly taught them a thing or too.
Well, I am off to post some letters, go to class and enjoy my extended birthday.