Last day trip out of the year - a nice wander round Chester looking for bargains in sales. Didn't find any - most things seemed more expensive despite the SALE stickers! Contented myself with a roll of bubble wrap and some lime pickle from the Pound Shop ( or is it Pound Land?) Hazel went off on her own excursion to clothes shops and the material shop to buy err... material and pinny thingy ( paper map?). She's keen to try out her re-furbished sewing machine. We met up at 12 by the god botherers at the cross to find some vege sausage rolls for lunch but none did we find. So we went to the friendly Barristas nearby to have coffee and tuna melts - Hazel had hers piled high on a baked spud. Then home as the town was filling up and getting more crowded. Glad we got there early. The roads were packed on the way home too - all streaming into Chester - the other way was fine. Home by 2-15pm. Later a small package arrived - the blue tooth dongle Archie had kindly bought me . Took a while to figure out but eventually sussed it and now have my new blue tooth speaker working via the PC so can listen to Spotify or stuff on my hard drive as I make dinner in the kitchen. radio reception is so poor in there for some reason and sick of most programmes that are on around 6 when I prepare the evening meal. But tonight it was cheese, crackers and a small salad so that didn't take too long. Anyway, enough of this rambling - Happy New Year to all my reader!
Hairy Crumble and all the best for 2018 ! Just making the gravy to take over to Granma's later. I made the chestnut roast yesterday so mustn't forget that. No snow - just a mild grey sullen sky with the threat of some tinsel later.
Nice to have Archie home for a few days over Crimble. He's enjoying the sculpture course at the RCA - they just moved studios from Battersea to Kensington - so a bit stressful. He's glad to be home for a rest before jetting off to Dublin to spend New year with his girlfriend Meriel. He helped us pick a tree at the local garden centre in Marbury. Smaller than previous years but a bit cheaper being so close to Xmas. Hopefully we can plant it in the garden as it still has it's root ball. We shall decorate it today after going to Granma's to celebrate her 80 something birthday. Also we have the annual task of putting up their lights and decorations. I'll take some photos and hopefully add them later.
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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.