Tuesday, 24 February 2009
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Sunday, 22 February 2009
Then workshop leader Angela Dalleywater set about teaching us all about 'Pressure and Release', a dark art that is known to few but thankfully known very well to Angela. In no time at all she was demonstrating magic techniques for us to watch, learn and inwardly digest.
Tom is an expert calligrapher, and mastered this pressure and release stuff in pretty short order. Slabs, downstrokes, stems and manipulation in all manner of styles were rattled off.
Likewise Susan showed her usual wonderful flourishes and skill at this difficult task. See her letters, how finely drawn... see her hand, how well relaxed... see her fingers, how smudged with ink!
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Then pushing on along beautiful Embleton beach towards Low Newton by the Sea. Passed those funny 'huts', one of which I have a deisire to own some day. What a lovely bolt-hole it would make for escaping the daily grind.
Brilliant views back towards the Castle. It was around these parts that my parents did their courting. Dad played a lot of golf at Embleton and mum came to stay with her friends for weekends at Dunstan. My grandparents often rented a cottage at Craster during the summer months, and it was good to get some shots and compare them with similar views of them sitting outside the cottage circa 1935.
Arriving at Low Newton we endeavoured with some difficulty to all get a table together at The Ship Inn. This is a very popular place, (due perhaps to recent television fame) and crowded at most times of the week apparently. Bren and me opted for the brie and pear ciabatta.... very nice it was too!
Then it was back on the road, or rather the beach, for the return leg back to Craster. Gracie agreed it was one of the best days out for a long time.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
From the BBC News web site... "Chelsea agreed a compensation package with Scolari and his backroom staff, the club confirmed on Tuesday evening. Although no details were given, some reports have suggested Scolari could walk away with about £7.5m".
Funny game... football.
Monday, 9 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Bren doesn't seem to be SO interested in the cars does she? She'd probably rather be shopping.
Queeen Elizabeth II lake (where I used to go wind surfing many years ago) was thronging with birds, with many swans and gulls fighting for the scraps thrown by people from their car windows. It was absolutely freezing today, the lake was fairly well covered with ice, with waders and waterfowl sharing what little water was available to occupy.
Woodhorn Museum is excellent value for money, and a fantastic record of mining life in Wansbeck is available to be enjoyed there. The layout is good and the interactive bits are great. You can learn the pitman's language, see what hardships their jobs involved, and also get a good idea of how they spent their time when they weren't on their knees hundreds of feet underground with a shovel, in the pitch dark, breathing toxic fumes and waiting for the next rock fall.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Monday, 2 February 2009
Sunday, 1 February 2009
Brian arrived on Saturday morning and set about fixing a couple of fans. The one in the kitchen window went in fairly easily once a couple of screws had been substituted. The other one, in the downstairs cloakroom, took a little longer due to some of the previous owners dodgy DIY skills. However, after a trip to Focus for some flexible hose, and a neatly fashioned piece of carpentry, we were back in business. We now have fresh air circulating to alleviate cooking smells in the kitchen and.... well, you know, other smells in the cloakroom.
Saturday night we were out to supper with these fine people. Rosa made us a beautiful meal, much wine was consumed and as you can see from the picture, stories were told and much laughter ensued. Terry related his account of the time I saved him from drowning on the Norfolk Broads in 1964, which was interesting as it was the first time I had heard him tell it.