Monday, May 11, 2015

Here comes SUMMER!!!!

Over the Bank Holiday weekend we took a trip to Lemsford Fete. They were blessed with the weather, it was sunny and just hot enough to give us a bit of a glow! Beth had a go at Archery, she has done it before so she was keen to have another go. It was cheap enough £2 for six arrows and some tuition. She did very well hit the target every time!! We managed to win a mug on the tombola and that was it, I had hoped to win the big prize draw, one of the major prizes was a new all singing and all dancing sewing machine, it was not my lucky day!!

We popped down to the cemetery and its looking really pretty, with all the tulips in flower. I am impressed with  how the council are keeping it looking so good.

Of course the other big news of the past week was that it was the General Election. There had been so much coverage (as there usually is) but ALL the opinion polls were agreeing with each other and forecasting a hung parliament. It was Beth's first chance to vote, so we all went together to put our crosses in the box. There were lots of people there when we were there. So it looked like quite a good turnout. At the end of the day the actual turnout for our constituency was 68.8% not too bad all things considered.  This area has been Conservative for some while so it was not a great surprise that the incumbent was returned but this time with a smaller majority. The actual overall result was not as close as the predictions would have us believe . So we will have to see what the next five years will bring. Can't imagine it will be any better than the past five years. 

I have been in full flow craft wise, I have made all the invites for Carl's leaving do in July, I decided to sit up and see the election results come in and managed to do the whole lot in one evening!! He just has to get them out now. 

On Saturday I went to The Living Crafts show at Hatfield House. It had been years since I have last visited. We booked an entrance deal on line via Groupon. We got there for around 10 am and it was one of those days where it looked like it was about to rain all the time, so it was hard to know what to wear. So I ended up going for the fleece and scarf combo as I could put them in my back pack if it became suddenly tropical. I am still working on the art of selfie taking, I find it very hard not to look at where my finger is pushing the button on the phone!! My friends daughter being a youngster is professional at it!!!

There was some incredible art on display the above looked like blobs of clay mounted in a frame. The colours were gorgeous, it wasn't until we looked a bit closer that I realised that they were representations of faces and hands, very subtle and very beautiful!

There were also some very very expensive stalls, this bag made of up cycled/recycled fabrics and silk flowers had the price tag of £87 , well out of my comfort area!!! I did buy a couple of bits, some lovely lemon hand cream and we walked around the food tent a few times. That was in the interests of testing all on offer!! We tried all sorts biscuits, cakes, fudge, cheese, just little tiny tasters, but a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Just before we had lunch we spotted a group of ladies from West Herts College who were doing pottery. They bought along a gas fired kiln and lots of pots so that we could have a go at glazing our own pots with 'raku' glazes, so we did!! We glazed away and left out pots (and a hedgehog) in their safe hands while we went off for a spot of lunch. 
When we got back our masterpieces were on the way out of the kiln, Amy's hedgehog became a killer, the lady dropped it onto a bowl and smashed it!!

The glazes behave differently depending on the weather, so the green glazes actually turned out mainly red!! It was a nice cheap souvenir of the day!
We finished Saturday night with a great meal out with our friends at an Indian restaurant in Wheathampstead. Great weekend!!

I hope you all have a good week

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