Lots of rain during the night so any boot sales were cancelled so we didn't go to any. It brightened up as the day wore on. Nice afternoon walk in Marbury Country Park before the weather turned a bit wetter. Autumn just around the corner. Saw lots of squirrels - some with nuts. Mad dogs and englishfolk go out and scare the ducks - the swans hissed back. Round the lake to the garden centre. Hazel bought a couple of plants. Then to Granma and Audrey's for tea and coconut cake.
Nice wander round the artisan market and then onto the North West Phillumenists meet up at the Memorial Court ( on until 4 I think ). Excellent displays of cigarette and matchbox related ephemera and some going for very cheap prices. Hazel even got a nice book given to her for nothing! Bought tons of labels for our collection and few boxes of matches too. Very friendly folk all willing to chat about their intriguing hobby. Could have spent longer there and bought more stuff but an hour seemed long enough and we had plenty to sort through when we got home
Nice wander round Chester yesterday morning. Got there early and witnessed and exciting police chase on the A53 - mad car driver going 90mph down middle of road closely followed by two cop cars , sirens wailing. Glad the road was wide at that point! They vanished from view and we never saw them again. Nothing on the news - must happen all the time. No bargains in Chester except for two old packs of Snap cards from the 50's or 60's. I was going to use them for collage but they seem far to nice. We have a few Snap cards already so will go in the collection. Hazel bought a new dress and some post-it notes for the archive sorting. Got some lunch in the Barrista we always frequent - tuna melt and de-caff capacino. The drizzle never stopped but just as we were going home the sun came out - typical!
Our boot sale bargains today from Weston and Vagrants near Crewe with Hazel and Beth. Vagrants proved more fruitful for me with a couple of DVD's and CD of "The Band"'s fist album which I probably have somewhere already but it was only 50p. Not sure if we've seen the Terry Gilliam film "Tideland" but that was 50p too. Also "The Piano" which we saw many years ago at the cinema but haven't seen since. Hazel got a few bits including a rusty file box, a small suitcase, a circle maker, skirt lifter and some plants etc. Beth gave me the A1 tobacco tin as she bought several. Rather dull weather but at least it didnt rain.
Two rather grey and drizzly boot sales this morning with Hazel and Beth. The first at Blakemere was very quiet and the new landscaping seemed much like the old. Hazel got some file boxes - a quid for the lot! The one at Moss Farm was much bigger and I got some DVD's and an old sepia postcard of Westcliff. Hazel got more file boxes, plants, pencils, a trio of egg timers ( different times ) and plastic wallets. There was another boot sale at Lostock but we decided two was enough.
Nice walk in Marbury Country Park yesterday. Once the rain stopped it bacame quite a fine day although slightly muggy and overcast. Found a strange hairy seed pod on one tree - not sure what it was? Also Hazel insisted on going to the garden centre to by yet more plants. Home via Granma and Audrey's for a slice of carrot cake and tea.
Just back from a nice couple of days in Yorkshire. Stayed at our usual B&B and visited Dave who finds it hard to get around these days. Hazel cleaned up his kitchen and sorted loads of stuff for the tip. Nice fish n' chips with Dave and ex-interactive arts student Tanya who lives nearby. Went to Emmaus in Mosely and got a few things including a wooden elephant puppet Hazel bought. Hairy ride over the moors but we made it back in one piece.
Nice day out at the Steam Fair and Auto Jumble etc. over at Astell Park. We noticed the prices of everything seemed higher than previous years so not many bargains. We did buy a few old badges though for 10p each. For lunch we had half a cheese bagel that Archie made and half an Eccles cake. The rain held off thankfully and it turned out to be quite warm and sunny. A strong feeling of deja vu walking round as all the rides and stalls seemed to be in the exact same place as last year!
Nice day over at Granma's and Audrey's again to help out with garden ( well, I read the paper and played on my tablet ) Hazel and Archie did most of the work. For lunch we tried the Codfather - a well known fish and chip emporium on the way to B&Q. I jumped out to order whilst Hazel and Audrey went to get some plants and WD40 to mend benches in the back garden. Delicious fish and the chips were OK too. So much for our diet! Gardening interrupted by a couple of rain showers.
Invited over to leafy sanctuary of Heather ( one of Hazel's train gang chums ) near Jodrell Bank ( vanished in the mists on these photos ) who gave a new home to a chestnut tree that Archie planted 20 years ago and it was too big for the pot it was in so they struggled to get it in their estate car and managed to re-plant it . It's good to see it doing so well. Also treated to a lovely slice of cake and some tea.
Two boots today at Care UK and Whitegate ( last of the season sadly ). Didnt find that much - some blank CD's for £2. Hazel got a pile of stuff including heavy iron shoe lasts, tea towels, plant, small suitcase etc. Archie didn't get anything. Nice and warm again. Home for cold collation. Archie is mending the garden furniture - sawing off the rotten ends of the bench to make a chair. He seems very at home in the shed. He misses the garden having only a window sill and tiny bit of neighbours roof to grow herbs and radishes on.
Quite a busy day starting off in town just wandering the charity shops etc. Met up with Hazel and Archie at ABDA cafe for a coffee and look round the latest exhibition upstairs. Nice to see the town so busy despite no artisan market. Didnt find any bargains - considered a strange LP in the marekt but just ended up posing with it for Hazel to take a silly photo. Later went over to granma's and Audrey's to help with the gardening - lopping back the larger shrubs that had gone a bit wild. Filled up a green wheely bin with cuttings. Had some tea and macaroons bought in France. Granma didn't like them much but we did. Made a roast dinner later that seemed strange in such hot weather but we are sick of constant salads! This low cal diet is getting harder to cope with but we are still trying. Feel slightly lighter but this may be my fevered imagination craving bread and potatoes! Family film was "City OF Lost Children" which seems even more incompresensible the more you watch it!
Fun day in Vickersway park was organised by various groups around Northwich. Transition had several stalls and our friend Beth was running a puppet workshop - making sock puppets for a dispensing machine she had aquired/ upcycled. Very windy and quite nippy after all the sun we'd had. So we didn't stay long - just show our faces and wander round for a bit. Hazel went on the amusing walking / exercise machines they have installed. Also donkey rides, bouncy castle, roundbout, golf, football dribbling, free book stall etc. The wind caught some papers in one of the gazebos and they flew everywhere - much merriment chasing them round the shrubbery!
Hazel enjoyed opening her presents on her birthday - also our 6th wedding anniversary. Nice big parcel from our boy. Some nice cards too. For lunch we went over to Whitegate to sit outside and have some salad and orange juice. Audrey came too for a treat. Granma wasn't keen to come. Then to Blakemere to look round the expensive antique emporium. Very hot again. Good to see the work on the boot sale field was finished and the boot sales were starting again tomorrow though the weather forcast doesn' t look too good - thunderstorms approaching from the South. Typical!
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.