A new year, new beginnings, new plans.
Time to remember old things, past and missing friends.
Time to let go of the bad things ,time to grab new opportunities.
May your future be as you wish it.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
The weather gradually improved as we headed northwards. A brief coffee stop near Stirling then onwards, past Perth and up the A9 in sunshine.
Lunch in a cafe at Dalwhinnie and onwards past Aviemore to turn onto the A95 .
This was a new road to both of us, and it was a delight travelling along Speyside, past all the whisky distilleries!
A stop for tea in Rothes, then the last ten miles or so on B roads..and lanes...
We missed the correct lane first, but after retracing steps my internal radar said...next lane..and it was. What a relief!!
The kiln crew had been there all week, and had been slowly firing ..by the time we arrived, late afternoon it was at 1180 C, and spraying in a soda solution started at 1200. Suppertime depended upon the kiln, and thirty or so of us gathered in the newly re-roofed small banqueting hall ( ex-sawyer's shed).
Saturday was demonstration day, plus a chance for anyone to have some throwing practice. The kiln slowly, frustratingly slowly, cooled....
We all had some interesting walks around the gardens at Blackhills Estate, where John Christie lives and runs his pottery. A place of peace to think and breathe.
I think we might return there and rent a cottage for a week sometime..and buy some of John's work of course!
Unpacking the kiln on Sunday was exciting and inspiring...a spur to a few of us to Get On With It!!
Followed by a drive home,luckily not all the way..only 175 miles to a friend near Dunfermline...three and a half hour's driving plus a stop...funny how you can be exhilareted but also very, very tired!!