Hello, you have a good weekend? It flew by for us, flew, flew, flew, and now here we are again, back to Monday.
On Saturday, we packed in quite a few different activities. First, I went to visit a gallery, called Number Four Gallery, which has a website here. I took along my folder of still lives and abstracts, wondering if they would be interested in taking some on.
They were! Jenni, who I spoke to, liked my abstracts, and would like to have some to sell, in time for Easter.
I went into the gallery feeling tense and unsure of myself, and came out feeling absolutely elated.
Next stop, a visit to the wool festival down the road from the gallery.
I'm a bit like a child in a sweet shop when it comes to a place selling yarn. I feel frienziedly excited at the mere whiff of a place selling yarn, not that you'd know I was excited, it's all going on inside, noone talking to me would know I'm feeling like a bear hungry for yarn.
As I sold a painting last week, I allowed myself to spend a little on yarn.
I know I have a stash of yarn already, and I'm not meant to be spending money, but,well it's like this, for instance, if I had to make a choice between buying shoes or yarn, even if I only had one pair of shoes, and they had holes in the soles, I'd still choose to buy the yarn, rather than the shoes. Yep, that's how much I love buying yarn.
It's unhealthy, I know.
I did buy a skein for £10, a beautiful skein in blues and greens, that reminds me of the sea, and mermaids. (I haven't had time to photograph it for you today, sorry about that, I'll do that another time).
Jacqueline has a website, which you can see here. She sells her yarn, and has some nice free patterns as well. The stole pattern looks lovely, and the sock pattern too.
As I was chatting to Jacqueline, some freinds of hers approached the table and joined the conversation, it turned out they have just set up a business, selling naturally dyed yarns, using only natural products. I thought I'd show my support for them by putting a link to their business, called Natural Born Dyers, here.
Louise, who owns a fabulous wool shop called Woolfish, (link to her website here), and who organises the wool festival, was multi-tasking by not only taking the entry fee, but she also had a table laden with huge cones of this Aran wool. One cone is enough to knit a gorgeous jacket she had on display, (which I stupidly didn't photograph, I have no idea why), so this turned out to be my other yarn purchase.
Apparently this pattern looks good on everyone, Louise has a link to the pattern on her website, though I'm not sure the photo of it, that comes with the pattern, does justice to the design.
At this point, Hugo and I were starting to worry we might be too late for a slice of the Victoria sponge that had been recommended, on sale in the tea room.
I know, I'm not meant to be spending money, and I'm not meant to be adding to my waistline, but could you visit a wool festival and not have a cuppa and a slice of cake? Could you?! Buying wool, and drinking tea and eating cake, well, these things go together very nicely.
I also found myself thinking that this tea and cake was quite symbolic. It signalled the start of the tea and cake and visiting open gardens and country fairs season, which feels like it last happened a long time ago.
I fancied reminding myself of some of the delights of this season by going through my photos from last year.
The season of country fairs, with their agricultural tents displaying home grown flowers and produce and baking, homemade jams, knitting and miniature gardens, and potatoes disguised as animals or babies.
And lastly, it's going to be the season for our garden, in the not too distant future. Eating outside, gardening, tea and cake, the sun on my face, walking round the garden, Douglas, (our boy dog), cradled in my arms, examining how things are growing, home grown flowers.
Yes, so much to look forward to as we approach spring, then summer sun.
So much to get excited about, and get excited thinking about.
And just before I forget, in keeping with the theme of tea and cake, I came across a link to an amazing tea room in San Francisco, it's called Crown and Crumpet, and if I could spirit myself somewhere right now, it would be this tea room. Not just for the tea and cakes, but for the setting too, it looks incredible. Though I fancy I might need to get my hair done, paint my nails, don some heels and a skirt, before striding in, clutching my chic hand bag, which just happens to match my shoes.
I'm a little later than usual with this post tonight, seems to have taken ages to get together tonight, it's already nine pm.
I'm going to shoot off now, got some knitting to do, and some dishes to wash up. See you Wednesday. Love Vanessa xxx