Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's Good to be Home!

Well, we’re home at last after an absolutely wonderful five weeks away. We’ve done so many different things, most of which you will already know about if you have been following the facebook pages and the gallery and Henson sites as well. It truly touched our hearts to meet and talk to and with so many people in so many different situations. Thank you all for your support. It means the world to us. 

On our first night in New York, staying with our wonderful friend Guy, we ordered in Chinese food that is our traditional treat after a long plane flight from England. It duly arrived and was consumed with gusto. We ended (as one does) with fortune cookies. As Brian read his, he burst out laughing and said ” well, this couldn’t be more appropriate!” It said “adopt an attitude of gratitude” -and that is just what we did, with such amazing results. Our trip was blessed in so many ways and we are truly grateful for it all. 

But - it’s GOOD to be home! Our house was well taken care of as were Elfie and Buster, but the house missed us, the animals missed us and I think the house faeries did too. They haven’t played any tricks on us yet (I’m touching wood) and the house energy has been so welcoming -except for the boiler and radiators, all of which are making the house sound rather like a ghost ship creaking and groaning on the high seas. I woke this morning to the bedroom radiator sounding like an out of tune wind orchestra -interesting, but not appreciated at 6am. 

We haven’t been out on the moor for a walk yet. We brought bad coughs and colds back with us so we’re staying warm by the fire and luxuriating in British TV. The weather isn’t cold but it’s very rainy and windy and isn’t the sort of thing you want to walk around in. So, we’ll stay in and get ready for Toby and Sarah to arrive for Christmas next week. We can’t wait! I may even do some dusting in their honour. Well -maybe not. 

That’s it for now. But I’ll be writing regularly again now that I’m home. 

Here are just a few photos from our time in New York. 

1.This is obviously our preferred mode of transport. The wackiest stretch limo ride we’ve ever had -to the University of Connecticut and back, having visited the wonderful puppetry department there. 

2.A moment of quiet before the gallery opening.

3.New York Magic - a beautiful carousel in Bryant Park 

4. More New York Magic 

5. My favorite view of the top of Grand Central Station


  1. It was a pleasure to meet you in NYC at the Society of Illustrators, I am glad you had a wonderful time and a safe journey home.
    Have Merry Christmas and Healthy New Year!

  2. It was nice to follow your overseas adventures! I guess the expo will be full of success due to its quality!
    Congratulations to all the Froud family! An amazing discovering were Toby´s sculptures!
    Hope the flu pass away soon and the pixies inspire new works for the upcoming year.
    Best wishes from Spain!
    Oh! and thanks for the signed and dedicated catalog and books!

  3. So glad to hear that you are all home safe and sound. It was such a tremendous honor meeting you and Brian and Toby at the Animazing Gallery - even though I was so completely overwhelmed I could barely speak to any of you...! I hope that one day we will meet again, and I will actually be able to tell you all how much your work has meant to me.

    Have a beautiful holiday!


  4. My boyfriend and I visited New York over Christmas to see your exhibit and we were simply blown away. It was amazing to see your work up close!