Happy New Year 2016

Jodi's treeWe had a good New Year’s Eve and the rain stopped for long enough over the last couple of days for us to be able to get out for some walks. I am now preparing for an exhibition at the RHS garden, Harlow Carr. I’m also helping at Farfield Mill as it closes for two weeks in January  for cleaning and refurbishment. Today, I’ve been painting the display stands. There is a plan to extend the cafe so they can be open on occasional evenings and also rent it out for groups. It looks like the mill is being revitalised so that’s good news.

It’s all change in Sedbergh as well, as two of the three pubs are closed at the moment. We’re not sure about The Bull but the landlady of our favourite pub has just retired. We have heard that a new owner will be taking over soon but no-one seems to know anything about them. We just hope they don’t change it too much and so lose the atmosphere and that they keep the coal fire!

The days are rather grey at the moment. It would be good to have some bright, crisp winter days but the landscape here is still great to paint.

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