Yesterday, Joe and I went out to Dunham Massey. It was a nice day and I needed to escape for a while.
We've been pretty unlucky this year where neighbours are concerned. Noisy Dog (you'll know what I'm talking about if you've been a regular visitor) ended up being taken away as he was also Banned Breed Dog. Problem solved. Eventually.
Unfortunately this week some other neighbours decided they'd like a bigger garden. So they annexed part of ours (and the end of our drive) by putting up a fence. A very substantial fence. We approached them and pointed this out politely. The response was anything but polite. In fact they suggested we pay for said fence (!!!!). So we've had to ask a solicitor to deal with it. It's always good to have friends of friends... although it would be better if the whole mess hadn't happened in the first place.
Anyway, as I said... we went out yesterday. Joe had a little walk but to be honest was more interested in inspecting the wheels on his pram. As I was taking photos, a lovely elderly couple asked if I'd like a picture of the two of us together. I explained how to use the camera. The above photo was the result. It made me laugh. And by the time they'd pressed the shutter Joe had wandered off so I'm crouching down holding on to an empty hat.
Tonight I'm at my art class. If I remember correctly we'll be doing monoprinting, linocuts, paper making and drawing. Monoprints are a bit out of my comfort zone as they're often quite abstract (and my art teacher at school used to continually suggest I 'experiment' as my work was always so precise and detailed). So I've been on Pinterest looking for inspiration. Because there's nothing more flooring than a blank piece of paper. I usually end up with a blank mind to match.
My bag's packed: glasses, apron, notebook, sketch pad, pencils... I'm excited! Even the prospect of venturing out into the cold and dark doesn't put me off. A few hours away from the house and in a classroom getting messy are just what the doctor ordered...