Thursday, 12 January 2012


Just back from Ardingly where we have been working since Monday.  As always it was full of weird and wonderful things.  The ' male model' shown above, just one of them.  We were lucky with the weather this time and had two windless and one sunny day.  It does make such a difference.  Our claim to fame this time was that we sold some fabrics to a couple of girls working on a new 'Bridget Jones' film.  Can't wait.  I love those films and watch them over and over.

The chap on this stand which was next to us also sold to the film girls.  From here they bought a huge metal butterfly which is destined for Bridget Jones' flat.

The following four photographs are of the wonderful sunrise on Wednesday morning.  The sun came out to play and stayed all day.  It was such a treat.

That's it on the work travel front for the moment.  Next away trip is on February 9th when we go to France to take part in a Dressmaker's Fleamarket.  In the meantime it is sorting and pricing in easily recognisable numbers for the French mesdames.  Our French textiles continue to sell well here in England and we sold a lot at Ardingly so we will be searching out new goodies to bring back.  For myself I bought a couple of cream linen Mangle clothes from a Belgian lady.  I have to start thinking about what I am going to produce for Dorset Arts Weeks in June, and these will be great for some screen printing projects I have in mind.

On Sunday I am taking my husband down to Cornwall to Cowslip Workshops where there is an Exhibition I am anxious to see and also a meeting with members of the Exe Valley Contemporary Quilt Group.  I have never managed to get to one of the meetings yet as the dates have always clashed with my work schedule, but as I have a free week-end I am taking advantage of that and going to meet them and find out more about the Exhibition they are planning there in August.  As it is my favourite place of all I just can not miss the opportunity to be part of this exciting project.

Saturday, 7 January 2012


Well  it's all over now and back in the old routine though I did take time out to go to Portland Bill with my husband to look at the sea during the recent gale force winds.  It was spectacular and very difficult to stand upright to take photos.  My spectacles got covered with sea spray and I was afraid they would be blown away.

The batteries in my camera ran out and I was only able to take these three photos though I did manage to capture some more on my phone.  I love my Blackberry but the camera is not up to much and that is my only complaint.  I can pick up my emails wherever I am at no extra cost.  I am not tempted by the iPhone as I don't like the touch screen.  Just as well as I am not likely to get one!!!

We had a pleasant Christmas Day with our daughter and her children. I always cook too much food, but as my grandsons are now grown up men I thought they would polish it off, not so.  Christmas Eve celebrations had quenched their appetites!!

It's time to pick up the threads where I left off before my great Christmas tidy up.  The trouble is I can never remember where I have put everything.  This year, however, I bought two new big plastic boxes and put all my current projects and work in those and left them in the living room covered with an old paisley shawl and lo and behold I have created another parking and sleeping place for one or other of my three cats.  One of them always seems to be asleep there when I am looking for something.

Monday sees Linda and I driving to Ardingly for the first Antiques and Collectors Fair at the Showground.  I do hope it stays dry and the wind isn't too bad.  It's bound to be cold, this I can bear, but the wind and rain is something else.