Monday, March 19, 2018


Not sure how the squirrel fits in but rushing to get this done before going out. Sunday was very cold and icy so we stayed indoors all day. the last indoor boot of the Winter was on too which was hard to miss but the roads looked trecherous and neither of us in the mood to venture far - even walking there would have been too risky - frozen impacted snow on the pavements etc. Hey ho! Caught up with some mail and collaging. Hazel gave me a vanity case to collage that Audrey had given her - she had three that all fitted inside one another. Decorated with cutesy flower pattern. Now half covered in manly pics from old DIY mags etc. The snow melted later.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


Nice walk at dusk to see the starlings gather on pylons over by the TATA factory. Hoping for a murmuration but they were mostly just sitting on the wires and pylons and chirping away. A passing dog walker said the best place to see them was Neumann's Flashes. Maybe another walk on Friday.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Art and Weather

Not the church in Great Budworth but a reasonable facsimile. Lovely exhibition there yesterday by our friend and neighbour Beth Barlow who was showing assemblages, I suppose you could call them, mixed media pieces in boxes mounted upon various church furniture including the bier ? that the coffin is carried on from church to grave side. A nice pub lunch beforehand in the George and Dragon across the road. Full to bursting we had to eat a bit slab of coffee and walnut cake in the church provided by the friendly folk who came along to host the event and set up a craft stall and one with cheese and wine for anybody who wanted it. Phew! It was cheese and crackers for tea that night after all that! Beth gave a very interesting talk with questions from the Curate who organised the event and is keen to get more visual artists to use the space. It's a lovely old church and sadly I neglected to take my camera along so I could show you the stained glass windows, the ancient chests, the mouldy pews, the organ pipes, gargoyles, carvings etc. The weather chaos inflicted upon most of the country has hardly touched Cheshire though it has been freezing and not very pleasant. At least we haven't had to dig ourselves out of snow drifts!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fire Fire !

The scene at the end of our road yesterday after firefighters took three hours to put out blaze at local school. Arson is suspected. It wasn't me - honest guv! Road was shut so we had to make diversions to get to Alsager to have lunch with the Eves and Dave Smith. Nice sunny day - a bit too bright for driving really. Nice food and chats. Tony showed us his holiday snaps from Oz. Looked quite idyllic - on the Gold Coast - swimming every day. A bit of a rude return to Blighty with the snow and ice - they wish they had stayed there I think! Home by 5 as Hazel doesn't like driving in the gloom of dusk. Ate rather a lot so had cheese and biscuits for our dinner.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Boot Sale Bargains

Another indoor boot at the Memorial Court today - not many bargains but found a boxed set of Buddy Holly and Crickets ( and Clicks ) for £2 which seemed like a bargain - lots of songs I've never heard of as well as the hits. Hazel got a few bits and bobs including an ostrich egg ( with free goose egg ) for a quid, sewing sets, needles, forks, wrapping paper etc. Afterwards we went to Marbury garden centre to get some rosemary and hanging plants for the hanging basket which looks a bit sad at the moment. Then to Granma and Audrey's to keep at arms length as they have the lurgi. Collected a pile of logs from the tree they had cut down in the front garden.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 05, 2018

Busy Sunday

Firstly the indoor boot sale at the Memorial Court - quieter than usual. Got two DVD's and some indelible pens. 3 packets of 3 for £2- but only bought one as not sure if they were working or not. They seem fine so wish I'd bought more. Pens are always useful. Hazel got a few bits and bobs including some overalls for Archie, some toffee tins, first aid tin, 2lb weight, easter egg made from card and bargain of the day - a mortar and pestle for 50p. Chaos and confusion in Aldi afterwards as some dozy bloke bought back an electric toothbrush that wasn't working and the till operator scanned it through thinking he had just bought it. So she had to call for the manager to sort it out - fill in forms etc. Meanwhile, massive queue building up! The manager was pretty hopeless too as instead of taking the man's toothbrush to one side to sort it she just left and the poor till operator had to deal with it - filling more forms whilst we all stood there like lemons. Hazel had enough and stormed out leaving all our purchases on the conveyor belt for the manager to sort out. What a mess! Will never go back to Aldi on a Sunday. Wednesday is much quieter. We went to the co-op instead and got what we wanted in no time. A bit more expensive but worth it. Our arty neighbours Beth and Simon came round for lunch. I'd made a lasagne and salad. Hazel bought the pudding in M&S - tart citroen (lemon tart) with creme fresh? and ice cream. Afterwards we had a silly game of Dixit. Nothing like Brexit thankfully but almost as incomprehensible! Later making pages for latest ISSUE assembling artists book. Rubber stamping the pages and laying them out on Archie's bed to dry.