Sorry that I've been missing in action. Truth is I haven't been doing anything exciting. Work, work, work and blogging. I did however spend several hours with 1 million books on Sunday at the world's biggest secondhand book fair - the Lifeline Bookfest. There were reportedly over 4km of tables stacked with books so maybe I could count it as my daily exercise. My mission was to find retro design books and vintage Penguins. Sadly this year there weren't as many classic penguins from the 30s and 40s. (I'm to blame. I've been clearing out their stock every year!) Lots from the 60s and 70s though especially from the Pelican series. Eight bags stuffed with paperbacks. About 175 (or was that 172 ... I lost count) for $40. OK I won't waffle on about my love for Penguins. Instead I'll show you what I do with them. I keep the really old vintage ones in good condition for bookcases and the randomly styled book pile around the house but any damaged ones (and that's the majority) I use in mixed media pieces. These are some examples from a recent sell out exhibition.