I have been 'home' for over a week now, and - after forgetting a good friend's birthday, and another good friend's special dinner party - I think that I have landed properly now.......
For the first few days I am always half here and half there. I miss my family, and how easy it is to be with people you love and who love you back, but now I am remembering all the things I was meaning to do, all the things I MUST do, all the things I'd completely forgotten about........ but most of all I have to get used to being on my own again.
In the UK there was always someone I could ask "Would you like a cup of tea?" or answer 'Yes please!". Now it's just me and the cats again and they don't drink tea. It's OK really - I wouldn't get any work done if I was distracted by tea drinking.
It's not an easy path, trying to make a living by selling paintings and private tutoring, but it's probably no easier anywhere else in the world. I have been living in Malta for a long time now (I am British) and have been adopted as a 'Local Maltese Artist' so I have all my networks, contacts and friends here. It dawned on me recently that what it does take is a large dose of determination and discipline.
In the lull between coming back from holiday and actually starting up classes and advertising my next First Friday Gallery, nothing happens until I make it happen. So here I am, busy stirring up the pot, sorting through the chores and making my own tea!