Since my last post, we’ve been to craft fairs at Lark Lane and Hale Village – both very well organised events with lots of lovely people and hand-made gifts on sale. Both were successful as far as we were concerned and we look forward to going to both venues again.
In fact, we’ll be at Calidad Events Craft and Gift Fair www.facebook.com/CalidadEventsArtand
Last Sunday, we went to the Palm House, in Sefton Park, to hear Maghull Wind Orchestra’s www.maghullwindorchestra.co.uk Christmas music. What a great concert – free Sunday afternoon entertainment for a very large audience, it was standing room only. The choice of programme was excellent – they go from strength to strength.
On Monday, we went into Manchester to meet our eldest grandson outside College and take him out for lunch. One of the (many) perks of being retired is that you can spend time indulging your growing grandchildren. It seems inconceivable that we can have a grandchild old enough to advise us on the best place to eat lunch in a strange city! It was lovely to spend some time with him – he’ll be off to take up a place at a Conservatoire after his ‘A’ levels next year.
Another lunch out on Wednesday – am I becoming one of the ‘ladies who lunch’? - this time with some friends from our textile course days. Good to catch up and swap news of what we’ve been up to in the many months since we last met up.
The rest of the week was spent getting organised for our craft event of the year – the Winter Arts Market at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool. We feel very privileged to get a stall there – there is fierce competition. We would have loved to have had two days there but were grateful to get one day – Saturday. As usual, it was buzzing with excitement, choc full of amazing crafts and talented artists. In some ways, it’s a bit like a re-union, we meet lots of people who we’ve met before on the ‘craft circuit’ and it’s great to be able to catch up with what they’re doing, admire each others' latest work, swap ideas, and generally encourage each other to keep going! That’s all before the public come in, and then it’s consistently busy all day. It’s so interesting to chat to people who visit the stall; some come back year after year, some are just browsing and some are there to buy. I sold three ‘ruffle’ felt scarves, I assume they’ll be Christmas gifts for someone, and a textile picture which, I must admit, I was rather fond of – it’s a nice feeling that someone likes it enough to hang it on their wall. I did, of course, sell lots of other things as well – a mixture of textiles and cards and, all in all, it was a very successful day. It’s a really pleasant, well-run event and I can only hope that the organisers will have us back again next year.
Now, it’s fall back and regroup! I’ve re-printed some photo cards and generally tidied up and I'm starting to prepare for Saturday and the photography club’s monthly competition, next Monday. No rest for the wicked.
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