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.
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.