Nice bank holiday weekend with a trip to Alsager to start with for lunch with old chums Tony and Pene. Al fresco salad and quiche and other delights - pudding was rhubarb and almond frangipan tart with Madagascan Vanilla Custard no less! Lovely walk to the allotment where T & P have a patch they share with neighbours. The artichokes and garlic were doing well. We had to be quick as they didnt have a key to the gate and they might be locked in if everybody else went home. Luckily we were fine. More tea and biscuits when we got back. The following day it was another boot sale in Lostock by the church graveyard. Got some lovley old Practical Mechanix mags from the 50's for 80p each. Hazel found a few bargains including a pile of candles and a scary mask for Archie's collection.
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Slim pickings at the Verdin Park boot sale. Hazel got a small wooden cabinet to pile ontop of her other small wooden cabinets, a silver ring, a silver spoon that's probably not silver, and her bargain of the day - a victorian skirt lifter gadget she's been after for many years and finally found one! Muggins bought a used rubber stamp and type thingy which doesnt work - all the ink had dried up! Doh! Bumped into our old neighbour Rob with his kids that have all grown up - scary - they were tiny last time we saw them.
Nice walk in Marbury Woods again to see the bluebells before they vanish. The smell of wild garlic was quite over powering! A few dog walkers but mostly pretty quiet. We sat on our favourite bench and watched a big blonde dog wade into the stream and come out two tone - his bottom half a lovely muddy brown! His owner seemed used to giving him a bath as he raised his eyes heavenward as he walked passed after him. Earlier we'd gone to the artisan market in Northwich but didn't find much. Good sunny weather so lots of people in town which was good to see.
Another excellent weekend in Llandudno for the annual fair and auto jumble etc. Very warm on Saturday and Sunday which really brought the crowds out! We prefer the drizzle actually and have more room to move about! You could hardly move for day trippers. Despite the heat we enjoyed it and Hazel bought loads of bargains from the many antique shops and charity shops etc. Also the auto jumble provided many treats. The bus ride there alone was worth the price of admission ( buses were free - throw a coin into a bucket on the way off ) Nice food too at our usual haunts - a real feeling of deja vu for most of the weekend as we eat virtually the same food in the same places! It's only in llandudno for some reason - everywhere else we like to ring the changes.
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.