Thanks for dropping in.
It’s still playing up!
Kept going every day, but ran out of steam by early evening.
I’m sure folks understand.
One more day to go tomorrow,
and then we complete the first 2 rounds of retreats!
Back in a fortnight for the 3rd and final bash this year.
It has been particularly enjoyable this year for me,
despite the toothhurty.
Maybe I’m just getting older,
maybe it’s just that I know most guests now.
We really do seem to attract lovely people!
If you were around this week, you may have met our lovely Mel,
she who illustrates so many of our stamps, stencils and Groovi images. I thought it would be fun for her to actually play with some of the things she designs!
She also gave us a very neat demonstration with her cartograph,
the drawing instrument she uses.
It was fascinating.
And oh boy! Did she have a blast!
Here we see her pulling a Gel Plate print for the first time.
The guy in the photo is lovely Ken Kilminster,
one of my oldest, dearest friends.
It was Ken who helped me figure out where to start in the British Craft Industry when I came back from America over 20 years ago.
In fact, Ken and I used to run workshops together back in the 90’s !
The Top Banana Parching World rocked up on the same days:
Linda Williams, Pat Murphy and Tina Cox.
What a scream!
I thought our little Groovi session might be rather a yawn for them,
so I put them to work, teaching us the ropes!
Oh yes, they know their stuff alright, and were more than happy to help us mere mortals with our whitework and picot.
But take them off parchment and give them a canvas!
You should have seen (and heard) our traditional parching buddies when we got the paint out. Talk about getting out of your comfort zone! Hilarity with Clarity!
Ken and Mel said they hadn’t laughed so much in years.
Apparently Linda just kept cleaning everything!
Her hands, the brayer, the table, her hands again.
I found her in the ladies scrubbing the paint off her fingers too!
I love these people!
Many thanks to Dave for stepping in with the blog yesterday.
The three superstar parchers aren’t here often or together that often, so we made the most of it and had an important meeting.
Watch this Groovi space….
But now I must dash and get ready for dinner.
The Spa Hotel really is excellent.
If you ever fancy a break,
you should look it up.
I’m thinking of booking us in for a weekend some time,
just for the experience!
Love and Peace,