The most important entry in this latest blog is at the end but an awful lot has happened prior to it…so plough through all that goes before…
We had a brief stay in Lowestoft in June for a family reunion and went to Norwich to see the Stonework as well as a lot of other things,
the North aisle,
Blythsburgh for the flying angels,
Minsmere for the Marsh Harriers, Mediterranen Gulls, Bearded Tits, Bitterns and the Stone Curlew which we couldn’t find!
Since we made the decisions in February, July has loomed ahead until now, and here it is and it isn’t anywhere as bad or as daunting as we thought it would be! The Grange Open Day, after a four and a half hour journey on the Friday night from Le Manoir to The Grange, was lovely. Kris had her own courtyard shaded by the Medlar tree.
Elizabeth spent half her time on the hot foil machine making bookmarks and the rest of the time in the press room. Connie and her friend entertained with original music and were much appreciated by all. Calligraphers from the Shropshire scribes, Book illustrators for the Medlar press, authors for the Medlar press, story tellers, artists, bookbinders and bookartists, printers from Ludlow and locally… the collection of people were all there to celebrate the “BOOK”.
A week later was the Grange Summer School. The meadow, which was a few weeks behind because of the wet Spring, had been surveyed by Shropshire Widelife and they found 135 species!
Art in Action last week, the last one I shall ever do, was great fun, lucrative, stimulating and jolly. On Sunday morning before the customers descended, Hikmet, from Istanbul and Craig, from South Africa via Orpington, arrived at my stall at the same time. Too good an opportunity to miss for photo stop. Three marblers at the same time!
Hikmet Barutcugil is the World master marbler and has influenced me ever since I met him in the 90s at my first A in A. He won the “Best of the Best” last year with his 10 metre long fabric marbling.