Countryfile Live show- Blenheim Palace

 We stayed in The Old Swan and Minster Mill at Minster Lovell- to go to the Countryfile Live show.  We got there early, sampled the chaos surrounding the parking, ambled in to the showgrounds and headed for an old Citroen van serving fine Barista coffee. We do that. It's a way to plan our route, gain some idea of space and collect our thoughts. It was well laid out in the beautiful grounds at Blenheim and easily wide enough walk ways and avenues through each sector: farming in action, livestock/ equine/ rural craft/ timber sports/ large plant machinery, you name it, it was there. As I'm always on the look out for interesting crafts or artists so I make it my duty to collect as many business cards or postcards as possible. 

En route to the massive tractors and timber sports arena I browsed the great array of crafts stalls and chatted to some amazing people. I spoke to one half of the creative duo behind My Visible Object- some simple yet really effective powdered coated, laser cut metal work /art for the garden. He was generous with his time and thoroughly enthusiastic as designers and artisans should be at these things. Along a bit I also came across Sarah Cemmick- a lino printer recently returned to her craft and producing equally delicious artwork, equally chatty and quite frankly an inspiration. Then came the biggest surprise...

 The Little bunny Studio

As I wandered around the first corner in the last craft marquee  I recognised a familiar voice, a friend from Uni - P, who qualified at Plymouth in Textiles too. We have both travelled similar paths of Teaching whilst trying to keep the flame of design/artistry alive. We caught up in approximately 40 mins of substantial surprise, as if we'd never spent 17 yrs out of touch. What is lovely is that we are now of course back in touch and I can proudly show off her work on this blog.