Just back from a ride out to Shackerley Mere which isnt far from us. A nice walk round the lake and back again - watching the geese, gooses and ducks do their thing. Quiet today - just a few people with dogs and children. Saw a heron. Heard the motorway. Then to Riverside Organics for decaff coffee and shared a larrge chunk of chocolate cake outside overlooking the wonderful view over rolling Cheshire countryside. Such a shame if the proposed rail track route goes through here - it would be criminal!
Previously , we had a nice ride out to meet up with Barry Wenden who had been looking after my collages after the Southend Art School exhibition in June/July. He kindly brought them back to Leek where he was visiting his cousin. We had a nice pub lunch and chat about old times - and new times! Had a good wander round the many charity and junk shops. Barry gave us a great old tin railway signal box and a signal - a late birthday present. I bought a record by Chris Barber and his band ( see my audio blog ). Drove out to the hills and a rocky outcrop and another pub for another drink in the sunshine. Lots of butterflies around this year - the budlia was full of them in the pub garden.
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.