Three more letters...
So I am back in my daily rhythm again after a week of birthday celebrations. It has been rather full-on, but very fun. It just happened that a lot of my old friends and family were in town this week, probably for half term, and that gave me the option of catching up with a lot of them. Some of the friends I went to see on Thursday night I hadn't seen for 12 years!
The upshot of all this socialising is that it has been a very quiet week on the work front. I have managed to get some sewing done on Yogi Lion however, as there have been many tube and train rides. I have also had the time to reflect on what I am trying to achieve with my life. Something that often happens on a) my birthday b) when I go home c) when I am not distracting myself with work.
Me with one glove on and one glove off next to a
St. Aubyn plinth at the Linnean Society of London
The week began with a fantastic letter from the Linnean Society saying that I had been voted in as a Fellow! This is something I have wanted for a long time. When I worked in Plymouth in the city museum I researched an 18th Century collector called Sir John St. Aubyn and it was then when I first got involved with the Society. He himself was a Fellow and his herbarium contained a few specimens that were originally part of Sir James Edward Smith's collection (he founded the Society). The touring exhibition I made about his natural history collection at the end of my contract toured to the Linnean Society of London two years ago as part of its journey. I am sure all this work helped with my nomination! As my principle interests I have listed 'the history of natural history, botany, botanical art, curation, geology'.
So now I am looking for the letters E, G, H, I, J, K, N, O, Q, R, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z to be added after my name! I think X Y and Z will prove to be problematic!