I have been 'Up North' again and this time for quite a while. DH and I travelled up on Wednesday of the previous week as we had an appointment in York on the Thursday. We called at Hardwick Hall and The Hepworth Gallery on our journey up. Not sure how our planned destination of The Yorkshire Sculpture Park became Hardwick Hall, but we had a jolly time in any event.
DH departed on the Saturday leaving me with one of my 'bestest' friends to have a lovely week catching up and generally relaxing.
On Tuesday afternoon we went to the Bankfield in Halifax to see the current exhibition followed by dinner with several of the people who participate in the Yorkshire Travelling Journal. Unfortunately one of them had double booked herself and could not come and the other person who was missing had completely forgotton!! We were also joined by a friend from my C&G days and another I met, first of all, when we both did evening classes with Ann Holden (Kirk) at Harrogate College a long time ago and who was also responsible for getting me to join the Harrogate Branch of the EG. We had a great catch up and found time to look at the YTJ's from the previous year. It is surprising how you forget some of the pieces you have produced over the months.
I have had two days at Spofforth where I again bumped into several old friends, plus an afternoon at RHS Harlow Carr where I was fortunate enough to have time to visit the Paper & Printing Exhibition in The Bath House which was excellent. I ended up buying one of Joan Newall's little handmade books. It will be a lovely memento of the time I spent at Joan's classes in Pateley Bridge before we moved. At least that is my excuse for buying it, apart from the fact that it is very beautiful.
Several walks and lots of eating, all in all a very pleasant break which I was really in need of. Back home again now and need to get geared up for the forthcoming bookbinding and printing classes I am committed to.