Graham and I visited Newcastle last weekend. Our main reason for going was to see the exhibition of a friend who was exhibiting her large patchworks at the City Library. It was a mixed exhibition with work from different artists inspired by the library’s big books collection.

We were very impressed with the city, it was small enough to get around easily and had some lovely old buildings. We went to a Paul Nash exhibition at The Laing Gallery and I saw again the paintings he had painted after being a soldier at the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres. My Grandfather had fought in that battle and it was quite emotional to imagine him in such a desolate place amongst all the slaughter.

We went to The Baltic Gallery in Gateshead and really enjoyed it there, especially the lunch. We also visited The Biscuit Factory which had displays of work by a variety of artists and crafts people, just like at Farfield Mill. Talking of which, we are now ready for Christmas at the mill. A crowd of us stayed late last week and decorated it with holly and ivy and lots of baubles. It is the Christmas Fair, Festive Farfield, this coming weekend so we are hoping for lots of visitors as we have some great work for sale.

It’s getting cold now but I’ve managed to draw outside when the sun has been shining. I’m enjoying working with pen and ink again and am inspired by the stone barns and our mill buildings.

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