Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Amsterdam

Nice to get back to Amsterdam if only for a short weekend. Tried to recreate the photo in the middle of the bench we took 31 years ago. Not quite the same but a nice dutch girl took one for us. Great flea market reached by free ferry from behind Central Station on Saturday - got lots of bargains including a tin house, tin signal, tin rocket for Archie ( who had to stay at home and paint the bathroom floor. ) tin electric bell for dolls house? and numerous other gew-gaws and stuff. Loved every minute of it except the walking and the sore feet!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Berlin

Just a few random images from the many photos I took in Berlin last week on a 5 day (four nights) trip with students from MMU. Saw so much great stuff including the Technik Museum , Museum der Dinge ( Museum of Things ) and Berlinisher Gallery to name but a few. So warm we even had waffles and ice cream outside in the sunshine one day! It was snowing in Manchester apparently. Managed to find some nice food places too including a great pizza , celery burger and chips, a Turkish bakery where they sold cream cakes, only one cafe was rubbish so won't mention them! The hostel was OK - very cheap and cheerful - a bit noisy but Hazel told the students next door off and they reduced the noise considerably. Managed to figure out how the Ubahn and Sbahn worked and only got lost twice. Berliners are usually very helpful and speak some English so always found our way eventually. One kind lady went out of her way to lead us up lots of steps to the Ubahn platform we needed. Of the art we enjoyed John Bock's playful junk sculpture/film/installations at the Berlinisher Gallery and Christian Falsnaes videos also in the same place. Good to see again the Twombly's, Beuys and Warhols etc. at the Hamburger Bahnhof, also installation by Adrian Piper.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Indoor Boot

Nice indoor boot this morning at the Memorial Hall - lots of bargains including some old bus tickets, ephemera, dice, Coronation mug, thermometer, box with wiggly bug etc. Then to Boots to get Haze's glasses mended which took ages as they couldn't find the right screw. We waited in the Works where I got some felt tip pens ( 8 for a quid!) and then Quality Save for inner soles. Home now for egg mayo. sarnies. We know how to live

Monday, February 20, 2017

Alsager

Always a treat to see our old chums Tony and Pene in Alsager. Our last visit was cancelled at the last minute as Pene was ill with a tummy bug but thankfully she is recovered and able to cook a delicious lunch. Tony made the nut roast which was delicious also - with all the trimmings. Apple tart and selection of home made ice creams for "pudding". We had to have a walk afterwards to feel like some of the calories were burnt off! Down the Salt Line nearby for a stroll past many walkers and dogs, cyclists etc. and back again round the lake and over the fly invested field near the local tip. (This bit wasn't the best!) I shouldn't have had the beer for lunch as it made me sleepy. Archie too who was suffering from post driving stress as he bravely drove all the way. Although it's not far ( 15 miles or so ) it felt like a hundred to him! Anyway, slumped on the settee having tea and lemon drizzle cake ( back come the calories!) we watched some old video Tony had found of us back in our courting days of the 80's looking very young and fresh faced - watching the rabbit scamper across the Eve's carpet. Also old film of kinetic scupltures made in Tony's first year at Falmouth art school back in the 60's. Quite a nostalgia fest! Considering a soundbar for our less than adequate TV so Tony checked out the Which guide for best bargains. Looks like Samsung do a cheapish one. Something to consider. Back home my 4.30. Hazel drove.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February - Boot Sale

I Have been neglecting this blog rather of late. Not enough hours in the day it seems to catch up with all the detritus and details of our daily doings. Not that anyone's interested! Today it was freezing again but not enough so Hazel had to the scrape the car windscreen. The silver cloth cover keeps most of it off , if she remembers to use it. It was the monthly indoor boot at the Memorial Hall which is always fun. Some bargains today included a stack of old reggae records, a measuring device like a big wooden lollipop, some old wooden rulers, a chisel, and some sticky tape that says "Ear Muffs" for some strange reason we haven't found yet? I suppose you could wrap the tape around your head and it would approximate some kind of temporary ear muff - but not very warm or comfortable! We remain baffled but delighted to tape things up and baffle others. Archie got the chisel for two quid and had a long conversation with the friendly man who sold it about it's sharpening. The records seem a bargain at only 50p each and some according to Discogs are worth a lot more. We shall see. Hazel got the wooden lollipop measuring thingy for her summer house - a conversation piece she says. Then to the station to get Archie's ticket to Brighton on Tuesday. Home again for vege sausage sandwiches and burnt onion. Yum!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

More of Archie and Meriel's India Photos

Archie will be home soon so here's a few more snaps of the trip to Raghurajpur with the closing ceremony with some famous Indian artists and nice meals they have been having, also trips out to temples and festivals etc. They fly to Mumbai for a couple of days before returning next week. So look forward to hearing about their trip in detail and seeing more photos he took on his SLR.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Archie In India

A few snaps of our boy's adventures in India for those not on FB that can access these snaps. It's his 24th birthday today and he's celebrating in Mumbai at the moment and flying to the west coast for the 5 week craft village residency tomorrow. He and his girlfriend Meriel have already been to Goa and Kerala? for 3 weeks and traveling by train, plane and nik - nak ( what are those three wheeled put put jobs called? ) Tic tac? Anyway, they seem to be having a great time despite the heat and the mosquitoes etc. No Delhi belly as yet - fingers crossed.