The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind of activity. We held a tea party type preview to the summer exhibition which I hold here at my own gallery the day before the Art Tour, open studio, event begins.
Fifey is the one with the ideas. I would be all for a bowl of nuts and crisps and some wine, but not Fifey. Oh no. He wanted a tea party and his fantasy became reality over many weeks of working all day, baking all night, as well as getting the whole place in order to welcome about 200 friends, neighbours, family and local clients minus a gardener, who finally succumbed to his doctors advice. The weather was kind, and I think people enjoyed themselves.
Taking part in the Art Tour (details www.networkartists.org.uk) means being open for 6 whole Sundays and a couple of optional Saturdays, and we usually get between 70-90 visitors each day, which is really good fun.
Also in the past few weeks both daughters approach the end of several years study, and Ruth's final recital at Sage, Gateshead was a wonderful performance of traditional music and dance from across 3 centuries and all of the UK. I was very proud! Annie (younger) played a lunchtime concert in Bethnal Green last wednesday, mostly a dress rehearsal for her MMus final recital at Trinity which I wont be attending. It was also wonderful. Two solo piano pieces, then the Rach. cello piano sonata, which I adore.
The pig has had 7 piglets, typically while I was away!