Slim pickens at the two boot sales this morning. The first at Whitegate was mostly the regular stalls whose goods we have poured over for the last few months so very little new there. The second at Moss farm was pathetic with just a dozen or so stalls but did find some bargains - two CD's by Everly Bros. and Stevie Wonder. Hazel got some postcards, brass engraved plaque and some plants.Nice and sunny.
Pleasant trip out to Nantwich area this morning for two boot sales- both on cricket fields. The first at Vagrants was very busy but I couldn't find any bargains. Hazel bought a plant. The next a few miles further on was slightly more busy and proved the most abundant in bargains for us both - some excellent CD's ( not that I need any more!) from a kind lady who helped me pick out a few gems ( 50p each ) , such things as Salif Keita, Faka Toure, Songhai 2, etc. lots of "world music" to choose from most of which I had already in some form or other. She said she's sold lots earlier which made me wish I'd gone there first instead of the other one! O well, just as well. Hazel found a nice old black tin documents box, a fancy plate and a small ceramic bowl , and more plants!
Pleasant morning in town for the artisan market and river festival. Watched the Newfoundland dogs doing a demo. of how they save fishermen from a watery grave. Very strong dogs - one was pulling a dingey through the water with two big blokes in. Also the Dragon Boat races. We saw one and decided that was enough and came home for some lunch.Nice to see the town so busy.
A busy week in the big crowded smelly city. Saw lots of art and caught up with lots of old chums - Jane and Graham, Dick Turpin, Tony Eve and Family, John Hegley and many others too numerous to mention. Saw lots of art too at the V&A, Serpentine s galleries, Sophie Coles, RCA degree shows of course - our main reason for going - to see Archie and Meriel's work and see them get their MA at the Royal Albert Hall. The weather was wonderful - too hot at times but we stayed in the shade mostly and managed to cool down with copious bottles of water and the occasional beer! Must thank our hosts too- the lovely Jennifer and Matteo Adinolfi who let us stay in their arty basement close to Hyde Park. So lucky to be so near to all the museums and the college so walked mostly everywhere except for ocassional bus rides ( which took ages ) to Lambeth to visit old haunts and ee exhibions at the Portland Street gallery and the West End. Also managed to catch the Artist's Postcards show at the British Museum in which I have one collaged postcard. In the same cabinet as Tom Philips, Yoko Ono and Gilbert & George to name but a few! So nice to get back to quiet leafy Cheshire. More photos soon. Took hundreds!
Grabbed by the fuzz! Not really - nice birthday treats and ramble around Frodsham charity shops. Got a few DVD's with ill gotten gains. Some old postcards to play with - lovely one of Southend. Vege sausage roll al fresco while the sun shone briefly in between the showers. Then to Lady Heyes antique emporiums to rummage among the detritus. Didn't find much. Home for lemony dribble cake that Hazel made.
Nice train ride into Manchester for the annual degree shows at Interactive Arts and Fine Art, Sculpture etc. Some good work by the students this year. Had breakfast in the station Carluccios - salmon , scrambled egg on toasted ciabatta - yum! A pre-birthday treat! Luckily the awful weather of recent days was absent and we even got a good comfortable train both ways. Wow, miracles do happen! Also saw the folk at Special Collections for the mail art exhibition we are sorting for September. They all seem keen on the idea and had some good ideas about the flyers, poster and other publicity bumph we will need. Got the 4-40 train back.
Escaping from the drudgery of mail art sorting we felt newly invigorated in the bosom of Mother Nature ( Marbury Country Park ). Hazel said "Let's sit down on this quiet bench opposite an empty field and see what turns up" Indeed after a couple of minutes the field was filled with mad dogs and their owners throwing balls. A constant file of cows wandered by behind us in a neighbouring field and gave us puzzled looks. A bird chirped in a nearby hedge. A helicopter flew past but decided not to land in the field after all.
Another year flies by since the last Llandudno V.E weekend. Always a treat to go there and enjoy the the old fashioned seaside town , the charity shops, museums, art gallery and delights of the Showground and fun fair etc. So much to do and see in just three days. A lot of deja vu ofcourse but that's why we enjoy it so much I guess. Highlights were the steam engines as always, the mini circus, the old bus rides, the walk down the pier to the slot machines, a curry at the Bengal Dynasty, George's Plaice for fish and chips, walks along the prom, Derek Boshier exhibition at the Mostyn Gallery etc etc. Our hosts at the excellent Promanad B&B were very welcoming as always - and amazed this was there 4th year in charge of the place! How time flies! Weather wasn't too bad - very sunny all day Friday and Saturday but rather chilly - cloudy with sunny spells on Sunday. Found a few bargains in the various junk shops and antique emporiums inc. another silver trophy, Nuddie Golf Tees, BLU-RAY beatles documentary, postcards of Southend and Westcliff, notebooks, rubber stamp rack, medical book with illustrations, a tin whistle, a plastic ray gun ( won on the pier ). Some sad moments when we discovered our favourite antique shop had closed and been turned into a hairdressers. Also no side shows on the promonade as in previous years.
Slim pickings at the Blakemere boot sale this morning. The cold must have put a lot off people off - not surprising really. A dozen brave souls turned up to sell stuff in a soggy field. Hazel bought this illuminated "J" for Jones for a quid. I didn't get anything. Home via the Co-op to get a few bits.
Lovely two day jaunt over to West Yorkshire to visit our old chum Dave Smith. Stopped off in Glossop to break up the journey and have a banana. Popped into some charity shops for bargains - a tapestry, DVD's and wool. Hazel wanted to sort out his downstairs rooms as they were full of junk and needed a bit of a clean. He's due for a hip replacement soon so needs a room downstairs to recouperate. I mostly watched the snooker with Dave and listened to his stories, some of which I've heard before. Nice pizza from the Co-op on our first evening ( highly recommended own brand ). Dave cooked it in his weird space age oven. The next night we had fish, chips and mushy peas from the local chippy. Tanya picked it up on her way round to say hello and see what work Hazel had done. Cleared lots of stuff - some going back to Cheshire tip and lots in the bin. Looks much more roomy now. Rigo was very stand-offish but soon made friends when she saw we had fish on the menu. Her cat hair will be saved for a possible sweater and knitted blanket. Hair raising ride over the Peaks but managed to get home in one piece despite the rain.
Nice drive through Cheshire's leafy lanes to Vagrants near Nantwich for boot sale. Got a few bargains including some films I wanted to see again particularly the Bob Dylan doc. by Pennebaker. Nice old snakes and ladders board with wooden dice cup and counters. A battered "Striptease" card game that Hazel found. She also got some metal bits, hooks, a massive teaspoon, shelf brackets a table tennis trophy "Barnoldswick Winner 1956 Arnold Greene " , other bits and bobs. Just nice to walk around in the sunshine listening to odd snatches of conversations, some in Polish. Home again via the Co-op for some bread and salad stuff. Tried to get some ice cream wafers but they had sold out.
Good Friday - wandering around town - got some CD boxes for 49p from Scope. Then off to Marbury for another walk round the blue bells. They looked brighter in the warm sunshine. Woods were alive with mad wet dogs and the smell of wild garlic. Or was it the smell of wild dogs and the mad garlic?
Our boy is home for a couple of days so nice to go for a walk in the woods to see the blue bells which are just opening here in Cheshire - next week may see a better display. Then to Granma and Audrey's to meet up with Great Cousin Betty and her son in law who drove up from the West Midlands to share some curios and lovely mandolin that Archie managed to tune and play much to Betty's delight. Fish n chips n mushy peas for lunch from the Codfather. Yum!
Slim pickings at the first Whitegate boot sale of the year. Freezing cold - ice on the car - didn't like to take me hands out of me pockets! Brrrrrr! Hazel got a few bits including some old bobbins, wool and a free money box she insisted the man take 50p for. Also a load of pansies and magnolias etc. I got zilch. Nothing! Not even a DVD though there were a few to sift through. No coat hangers either! Had a walk in the sun own Whitegate Way with early joggers and dog walkers. Birds in full twitterpated mode. Cafe wasn't open until 10 so we came home via the Co-op for a few bits.
Last indoor boot sale of the Spring at the Memorial Court this morning . A few bargains including some tin clockwork toys for a quid each and some googly eyed postcards. Also a nice old one from the 20's of Westcliff where my mother used to live. Hazel bought a few postcards and gave most of them to her Mom. Next to the small out door boot sale at the Care UK car park. Not much there sadly. Tyen to Lidl for a few bits and bobs. Had to get some vegetables for Granma .We went round Granma's and Audrey's afterwards to show off our bargains and have coffee and chat.
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 collector of all sorts , 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.