Three days before opening and only one day before hanging... so now we are packing.
At this very moment, the grumpy old men are awaiting the rolls of bubble wrap.
The last couple of days have been checking lists, proofreading the catalogue descriptions and gallery labels, checking and readjusting prices and other associated administrative tasks, so this is really now the "pointy" end. I could have used some extra time to do some finishing touches, but I took Sunday off to attend a celebration of a sesquicentenary of public education in Wingham. ( a two hour drive from our place). It was great to catch up with former colleagues and students and their families, some of whom I hadn't seen for 20 years - the perfect de-stressing activity.
It is really great to have my family so supportive and helpful. Jim has been cooking and cleaning solo for at least the last month, and helping with backing the canvases and of course, packing everything up. During the week, my sister who is currently in Ireland on a Mercy Pilgrimage organised a delivery of beautiful flowers and bubbly from her, her husband and my mother - just to wish me luck. I don't think I need luck - I have such wonderful family support and love, even from afar. And from even further away, I have so enjoyed receiving the comments on this blog from a newly found Simmons family member from Nova Scotia. The positive encouragement is truly valued and appreciated.
Thank you all! Hope to see you at the exhibition if you are able to come!