Well, there has been more dashing about the countryside. I spent an interesting few hours on Tuesday with a blogging friend.After a bit of a kerfuffle with tube trains (they have a lot of kerfuffles, it seems!) we met at London Bridge and kinked our necks looking up at The Shard
There was hail in that black cloud! So we nipped in to London Glassblowing for warmth and shelter!
And saw some beautiful exhibits…
Then to an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum; an interesting display of (mainly) fabrics by influential women in the post-war period. All you Mad Men fans will know what I’m talking about.
I went down to Wlitshire again last week and spent a couple of days with Ziggi,walking dogs and talking and laughing.
Back to London for some clean socks then off to Buxton ( that’s oop north, in Derbyshire) to join Andrea Joseph and some of her sketching friends.
Well, that was a blast! Initially, I’d hoped to go over Sheffield (in Yorkshire; do try to keep up!) the following day to meet another group of Urban Sketchers, but I just couldn’t manage to get a suitable train back to London. So what a surprise to find Lynne Chapman and her husband had driven over to Buxton!
I did feel a bit “minnow in a pike pond” at first, but they are all such lovely, friendly and encouraging folk I did manage to get one or two sketches done. This was from Buxton Museum (a great place!)
The sketching finished with the usual sharing of the day’s efforts at a great little cafe.The staff had reserved a corner with sofas around a table for us. And I understand the baked cheesecake was superb! I met some truly gifted people, saw some inspiring sketches (all those curly pipes on that French horn!) and finished the day at a restaurant with (another ) Lynne and Andrea.
Thank you, all you Northern Urban Sketchers. May your summer arrive soon!
And tomorrow I’m off to see Ziggi again. But first, there is a somewhat urgent matter of laundry…