Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Curios Thing 21

Just in time for Crimble. It's only taken me tewo years to finish!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saturday 13th Dec. 2014

Busy day with a trip to town first to check out the Artisan Market. Hazel bought a pickle fork and nut crackers from the amusing cutlery stall. the chap running it had the gift of the gab and said the fork and nut crackers were reduced from a million pounds to only three pounds. In the end she got both for a fiver despite having plenty of pickle forks and nut crackers at home! Bought a few nice things to eat for lunch. Tony and Pene were coming round so had to make an effort. I cooked a nice mixed vegetable soup for starters. Two quiches for the main course - goats cheese and molly-coddled onion. Also a plain mushroom and cheddar. Salad and later some delicious apricot tart and cream from M&S. We had coffee and tea in the summer house despite the freezing temperatures and watched the windows steam up! Felt a bit exposed now all the leaves have fallen! later went round to the new cul-de-sac to see the new houses and sneer at their tiny rooms and lack of cupboard space. It was supposed to be an open day but not sign of anybody - no drinks or nibbles as promised. Interesting perspective on our house. We need some new trellis to keep the garden more secure.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Nice day out on the train to Stafford yesterday. Only 35 mins. away from Hartford Station with stops at Winsford and Crewe. Lovely sunny but cold day. Nice park greets you as you leave the station at Stafford, full of interesting shelters and buildings. Some with thatched roofs. An aviary full of exotic birds. A river and little white bridge across to the main shopping area which is mostly pedestrianised. Lugged my 3 collages to the Shire Hall Gallery in the market square where I am showing them in a themed exhibition in January "Landscapes". Interesting building which contains an old court room complete with papier mache jurors and judge etc. My work was taken from me and put in another smaller court for safe keeping. Felt lighter then and able to walk around the town. Went in most of the charity shops. Hazel bought a few things including a tin for pins, thermometer for the summer house, etc. I didn't find anything except some cheap glue in the Pound Shop. Useful for cleaning records. Its amazing how much dirt and crackle is lifted out of the grooves using PVA glue - quite remarkable! Had lunch in a noisy cafe by the market. Egg on toast ( twice) and a cuppa for £7.50. Bargain. Then to the museum to see the rooms of dummies and cavaliers etc. Some old toys too in cabinets. Then home on the 14.35 train.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Mother Of Invention

Hazel during her brief flirt with fame after leaving the RCA in the late 80's. Photographer - Mike Caldwell . In our Lambeth Walk flat surrounded by collections of plastic tat and mail art!

A Lesson In Numerology

I have been neglecting this blog for a while despite good intentions at the start of the year. I will try and catch up if I can remember what we've been doing lately. New books just arrived out of the blue are huge thick tome from Hungary courtesy of ARTPOOL. I get a few name checks and one of my old rubber stamped ( hand carved ) FLUXUS BUCKS gets a third of a page. I would prefer it to be a collage but , hey ho! happy for any mention at all really and surprising since I haven't sent ARTPOOL anything for a decade or more. Also did the cover art and some pages in the latest magazine from BLACK SCAT BOOKS in the U.S.A. Places - erm, Liverpool to see the Warhol ( did I mention that?) and Frodsham last week to look round the charity shops ( all 5 of them.) and Lady Hayes antique emporium. Hazel bought a few things - mostly sewing sets/ mending kits that she likes to collect. I didn't find anything. Also the antique barns of THINGY near Nantwich. The name will come back to me I'm sure before I've written all this. Hazel has washed the curtains of the front room so now we are exposed to the world - amazing how much light comes in those bay windows when you don't want it too! Like being in a gold fish bowl. Keeping out of there until they dry and go back up again. Noise and mud still churning on nearby building site. Houses all built now and road, fences and garden being added . They don't seem to be in any hurry doing it - bobble hatted men standing around chewing the cud and looking at mobile phones. Have been framing work for a small exhibition of "Landscapes" I managed to wangle myself into in Stafford's Shire Art Gallery. I'll have to take them on the train sometime. Starts in January 2015. Postcard exhibition still at Southport but travelling - not sure where yet. Otherwise a bit quiet on the exhibition front. Making a new CURIOS THING , first for a few years - hopefully ready by Crimble. Above is new collage for the latest theme at The Kollage Kit.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Lovely weekend in Brighton to celebrate our Archie's 22nd birthday and meet his delightful girlfriend Meriel. We stayed with Roger and Jilly in Hove. Archie took us round the North Lanes where he spent some of his birthday money on old mags, decoy pigeon and tin suitcase in Snoopers Paradise. He showed us round his new shared house and made us tea - we had some Colin cake from Marks and Sparks. Take away that evening with Roger and Jilly before Roger rushed off to do a gig in a Brighton pub. We kept Jill and nervous dog Jasper company in a very noisy thunder storm! The next day we met up with Archie and Meriel again for a slap up fish and chip lunch at the Regency on the sea front. Roger and Jilly came too. Then off to the Sea Life Centre to enjoy the Victorian interior and the aquariums. Hazel took some photos ( see above) . Then to a cafe for coffee and more chats. Also saw the felt things shop in the Lanes by artist Lucy Sparrow . In evening we ate the rest of the curry that was left over from the night before. O dear, feeling very full now! Collapsed on settee to chat to Jilly and watch TV. Roger had yet another gig in London at Hope and Anchor with Robb Johnson and the Irregulars. Home on the 10-15am train from Hove the next day which took ages due to workings on the line. Stopped off at the wonderful Art Workers Guild in Bloomsbury to see peter Quinnell and Mark Pawson who were part of the excellent "Table top museums" show that was just on for the afternoon. Nice to catch up. Took lots of photos ( see FB and Flickr stream ). Got 4pm train from Euston. Another slow train so didnt get home until 7pm. Knackered!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Last Weekend in September

Slightly nippy starts to the day, especially yesterday. We had a nice wander round Matalan ( not my idea!) but I did get some new desert boot type shoes for the Winter. They are rubbing a bit so need thicker socks methinks. Afterwards we crossed the road to venture into Carey Park and a pleasant walk to Anderton Boat Lift. We've been many times but always a lot to see. Spotted some late summer/autumn blooms. Had a nice de-caff coffee overlooking the boat lift and watched the boats riding up from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey canal above ( and visa versa ). Amazed to see several bright shiny old Morgan sports cars parked outside when we left - must be an awayday treat for the local Morgan Clubbers I reckon. Today was warmer and eventually very warm and summery. Went over to a boot sale near Crewe - at cricket club ground. Quite a big gathering now that Vagrants has closed for the year ( the nearest boot sale to it ) . Hazel got a load of stuff ( see photo ) and tons of plants including an impressive fern. I just got another cheap copy of Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums" with extra disc. I didnt think I had the extra disc but it turns out I do. Doh!