Sunday, August 21

Southdean Show Snaps

Just thought I'd share a few pics of a lovely sunny day on Saturday at Southdean Show. Children ran races, pets were judged, jam was tasted and teas and beers drunk. Many a burger was munched and I sold out of ice-cream. A proper day out!

Thursday, August 18

Southdean Saturday - Smailholm Sunday

image from here

The alliterative weekend ahead should be great fun! On Saturday I'll be serving up 99s (maybe not 6d each, though) and lollies to the masses attending our village show - it officially kicks off at 2pm and we have a very fine BBQ not to mention all the usual show stuff and some great craft stalls this year.

On Sunday I'm spinning at my own tarty stall at Smailholm's Fete where there will be yet more village entertainment, regardless of what the weather may threaten.I might even remember my camera.

Thursday, August 11

Sheep Theme Continues

Last Friday and Saturday were spent in a craft tent at the National Sheepdog Trials which took place near Jedburgh. We had a sunny Friday and a rainy muddy Saturday in our fine marquee. It was great to have good company from stall holders and to meet interesting new folk (and dogs) as they toured the stalls. The local scout troop acted as overnight 'security' at the site, though one showed a surprising aptitude for other skills...
I was pleased to sell some handspun, including the skein I told you about, with the pink and Black Cheviot. It was bought by Rachel who together with husband Nigel breeds very handsome Jacobs at St Boswells. They plan to learn to spin and set to work on their flock. You can read more about them here.

After a soggy Sunday spent in HQ, while Hugh and Ross undertook an equally sodden recce for Hugh's next off road adventure, I was ready for a change of scene.

So we ran away to Fife on Monday.

Pittenweem was our destination, to catch a few hours' worth of the annual Art Festival. There were lots of regular exhibitors with familiar but impressive work, but it was also a treat to find others new to me. I'd seen pictures of Helen Denerley's fantastic animal sculptures welded from scrap but to see them for real all along the pier wall was terrific. (Pity we forgot the camera...)

As a complete contrast, I bring you a scan of a card of an original artwork by Cheryl Brain. She had lots of bright mixed media work on display from her travels, with many Indian-inspired images but I fell for this image of sandals.