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Slim pickings at the Verdin Park boot sale. Hazel got a small wooden cabinet to pile ontop of her other small wooden cabinets, a silver ring, a silver spoon that's probably not silver, and her bargain of the day - a victorian skirt lifter gadget she's been after for many years and finally found one! Muggins bought a used rubber stamp and type thingy which doesnt work - all the ink had dried up! Doh! Bumped into our old neighbour Rob with his kids that have all grown up - scary - they were tiny last time we saw them.
Nice walk in Marbury Woods again to see the bluebells before they vanish. The smell of wild garlic was quite over powering! A few dog walkers but mostly pretty quiet. We sat on our favourite bench and watched a big blonde dog wade into the stream and come out two tone - his bottom half a lovely muddy brown! His owner seemed used to giving him a bath as he raised his eyes heavenward as he walked passed after him. Earlier we'd gone to the artisan market in Northwich but didn't find much. Good sunny weather so lots of people in town which was good to see.
Another excellent weekend in Llandudno for the annual fair and auto jumble etc. Very warm on Saturday and Sunday which really brought the crowds out! We prefer the drizzle actually and have more room to move about! You could hardly move for day trippers. Despite the heat we enjoyed it and Hazel bought loads of bargains from the many antique shops and charity shops etc. Also the auto jumble provided many treats. The bus ride there alone was worth the price of admission ( buses were free - throw a coin into a bucket on the way off ) Nice food too at our usual haunts - a real feeling of deja vu for most of the weekend as we eat virtually the same food in the same places! It's only in llandudno for some reason - everywhere else we like to ring the changes.
Nice picnic in the back of Tone and Pene's campervan before a long walk round Marbury Woods to see the bluebells despite aching all over after helping to fill lorry with stuff for refugees in Greece at CARE UK in the morning. Then to the garden centre to buy a few plants. Afterwards , tea and biscuits with Granma and Audrey. What a social whirl we live in!
Nice couple of days in sunny London to see Archie and Meriel's group exhibition over at RAW Labs in docklands. Stayed with our old friends Jennifer and Matteo in leafy West London by Hyde Park where we went for nice walks to see some art at the Serpentine galleries and watch the swans hiss at passing dogs. Also the parakeets that love apples. More art at the Welcome Museum and the Design Museum - thanks to Meriel who got us in to see the Hope Not Nope exhibition . We ache all over now after all the walking.
I have a few works in this show about the assembling artist book ISSUE that is in it's 20th year - a special celebratory exhibition with some of the poeple involved. I curated an issue a few years back and have contributed to half a dozen or so over the years. Lost count now.Always a treat to get in the post. Thanks to old Southend Art School chum , Richard Cox who started it with a couple of his mates in Cardiff. here's photos of the PV he sent me. Sadly I couldnt go due to prior commitments.
Nice morning over Nantwich way to two boot sales - the first at Vagrants wasa bit chaotic and muddy. The second a bit further on at Weston was much larger , round the edge of a cricket field and better organised. Got a few bargains at each including a massive frame ( too big really but only £3 ) some sewing stuff, plants, rulers, heavy rusty weight, heavy rusty old flat iron, letters on a wooden board (?) and a lovely pewter thimble in the shape of an acorn. Home in time delicious mushroom and squeaky cheese bun for lunch.
A kind of diary, a log, a ramble, nothing to do with the Flowerpot Men. My life as an artist, a collagist, a rubber stamper, a networker, a dad , a letter writer and a postcard maker. Observations about this and that in no particular order.
I grew up in the home counties around London during the 50's and 60's. Went to several art schools including Southend ,Chelsea and Manchester. Trained as a painter and printmaker but now mostly using collage. Collect novelty songs and old mail art amongst other things too numerous to mention.