Had to return to Stafford on Friday to collect work from the Shire Hall gallery. Trains were running OK thankfully. Saw this nice old cinema turned into a pub on my wanderings. Had a walk round the park where the aviary is ( see budgies ) and around the charity shops and market before getting my work and saying "hello" to the woman who runs the place. Managed to get the 12-35 pm train back to Hartford.
Found recently by my neice Michelle in the attic of her parents. Seen here with me grinning like a Cheshire Cat! There's us outside our council house in Basildon circa 1972. That's me Dad in the army ( X marks the spot ). There he is again at work as a security guard at Mobil Oil at Coryton. My Mum and sister outside the Bull in Corringham when John and Lynn got married. My brother and sister (twins) in their pram.
Excellent day out with our old chums Tony and Pene. Went to Hanley to see the Staffordhsire Hoard again and look round the potteries museum. Then to Stafford to see the group show I'm in at the Shire Hall Gallery.
Nice walk along the Trent and Mersey Canal yesterday for a change. Past the steamy TATA works and the frozen puddles on the tow path. Saw a heron and a single magpie. Popped into the crumbling antique shop to chat to the eccentric proprietor who sold Hazel a green glass medicine bottle and thermometer. Much of his other wares were rather expensive. Nice pile of old 60's signed pop group photos but he wanted 50 quid. Home again with the sun in our eyes avoiding the dog poop and the melting mud puddles!
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.