We're away in South Wales for a long weekend, staying with friends , seeing the Wizzard and his lady on the way down..a much needed stop overnight on the outskirts of Manchester. Good to see him playing cycle polo, something I did in the late 60s....
Chilling out with friends,resisting even the pull of a Saturday market in Abergavenny!
We briefly walked two Long Dogs over the local fields and started sloe picking until we realized that the estate shoot was on...and they hadn't used the shooting points set up in the field...so we beat a retreat to save risking the gamekeeper's ire!!
Tomorrow afternoon we ride at the velodrome,just one race each before supper with the Carpenter and his family. Baby is due in just over a week so hopefully we'll be back again soon!
Monday we pack up our hired van with grandma's wardrobe, three sets of shelves and a cupboard with pottery tools, cones and such. Along with a kiln chimney ,spare HTI kiln bricks and other things I've forgotten- these have been in store in my friend's lockup for a year!! Then we collect a small doughmixer from another potting friend before heading off to Bristol for a family visit for the Pirate.
Then the long haul home on Tuesday, unpack on Wednesday morning and return the hire van.
It has been an experience driving a brand new transit van...SIX gears!!
The Transit I drove from '99 to'02 had four forward gears...it was at least ten years old then!! Compared to that,this one feels like a cross between a car and a lorry!!
Saturday, 29 October 2016
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Went for a pre-lunch walk at the nature reserve/ex-opencast coalmine by Drongan. The farm by there has alpacas, one newly brought in from New Zealand.
There are benches around the paths, used for walking, cycling and riding
This is "Kenny's View" over the site and towards the village
and I foraged
I didn't pick any of these...
The shortening days mean we get out as much as possible. The Pirate is getting a little sad, partly because of less light,partly because getting over his treatment takes a long time.He is running out of being a patient patient as he sees himself getting older.....riding his bike helps massively.
Meanwhile we do have something to look forward to...airline tickets booked, lodgings reserved (a garage sleepout!).
Hesitating while confirming lodgings cost us £200 each as the pound sterling continued to fall...and "Brexit" hasn't even happened...the Gods help us if it ever does....we are too old and too skint to emigrate. My Irish ancestry is just too far back to get an Irish passport. We don't have family anywhere we want to go.....
So inertia must be fought, art done and sold so we can feed ourselves while we are away. The Pirate has already sold some bike kit, now to sort,clean price and photograph the next batch.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Monday, 17 October 2016
We also found a painter/sculptor and talked to his wife who runs the gallery...they do have other painters' work there...maybe they'd be open to some lino prints or a few selected pots....
Saturday, 15 October 2016
and there were two extra exhibitions,one of wildlife photography the other of botanical illustration
A well organised event on a beautiful day