Merry Christmas!

Netherlandish School: The Nativity

And so, once again, it’s time to sit back and congratulate ourselves on having got through another year. 2016 has been interesting, hasn’t it? – much in the manner of the old Chinese curse, ‘May you live in interesting times’. However, here at The Idle Woman there has been some light and happiness so, in the interests of peace on earth and goodwill etc., I thought I’d focus on the good stuff.

Work, for a start, has been wonderful, full of all sorts of exciting challenges. I was delighted to see that so many people enjoyed my posts on the French Portrait Drawings exhibition, so perhaps there’s scope for a bit more curatorial stuff in the future. As for the blog, it was relaunched with a new look at a new domain back in June and I’m really pleased with the revamp. It means I have space to share other projects too, like Rock School, my research on the Original Idle Woman, and some of my illustrations.

As ever, thanks so much to all of you for reading the blog. A special festive hug to those lovely people who say hello, leave comments and offer new recommendations. The Four Musketeers of the comment box are, as always, the wonderful Heloise, Dehggial, Isi and Helen, with Sandra and HMH having also given me plenty of cause to smile. You brighten my day and I strongly encourage any lurkers to comment once in a while. Just think how happy you’ll make me!

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and all health, happiness, prosperity and success for the New Year. Let’s hope for a kinder, more compassionate, more tolerant 2017 – and for many more exciting books, operas and exhibitions to discuss!

With love,


8 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

    • The Idle Woman says:

      Absolutely! Very much looking forward to one or more Glyndebourne adventures. I shall have to buy a new dress! In the meantime, I shall enjoy many more overly excitable discussions about various subjects 🙂 Hope you’re having a fab Christmas break and see you soon… I hope…

  1. Holly Hill says:

    Holly here, writing from Dallas, Texas. I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and I love it. Very frustrated that I am so far away and cannot, for example, attend a Dorothy Dunnett meeting or a performance you recommend. So I thank you especially for getting me close to attending such events through your passionate and evocative writing and illustrations. Happy Holidays to you and the gods help us all in 2017.

    • The Idle Woman says:

      Hello Holly and thanks so much for commenting. Sending festive vibes from the English countryside and hope you had an enjoyable Christmas yesterday. Very glad to hear that my insanely detailed style can sometimes help you get a feel for things *grins* No doubt there will be much more of that to come. Yes, we’re all going to watch this coming year with interest, but let’s keep our hopes up, keep the international cheer going, and, as Margaret Atwood so perceptively said in The Handmaid’s Tale, ‘nolite te bastardes carborundorum’… 🙂

      So lovely to hear from you, and wishing you and yours all the best!

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