A very good and dear friend Alison Beck had arranged to come down to the gallery from York with her son Josh ( who has a very keen and enthusiastic appreciation of art!) they had kindly invited me out to lunch at the Scarthin Bookshop which is a large three story Victorian house jammed to the rafters with books new, second hand rare and limited editions...wonderful...and a very lovely little vegetarian café. It's best described as a 'Straight out of Diagon Alley ( that's a reference to Harry Potter if you don't know) type of building with tiny tucked away rooms to discover all filled with books on shelves after shelves stretching from wall to wall, floor to ceiling.
To enable me to leave the gallery, another good friend, Amy offered to look after things for me. how wonderful was that!? I have known Amy and her husband Chris since they were both very young ( about 5 years old I think!?) Amy came along with her three lovely children, another friend, Lisa with her daughter. Lisa took the children off to allow Amy to look after things for me. I was whisked off to lunch.
A big helping of Homity Pie...salad and lovely conversation with Ali was just what was needed. I love the fact that with your best friends, you can pick up a conversation immediately even though you've not seen each other for months.
I also had a visit from Christine, her daughter Jodie and her friend Sandra. what lovely people..so very encouraging. ...I've ended my day at the gallery feeling quite warmed, encouraged and supported. I sold another print ( thank you Alison !) and was invited to join in supplying some of my work to a 'Pop up shop' opening in Derby in a couple of weeks! All in all a good day....I left with a smile on my face.