Have just returned from Harrogate - from the country's leading textile show which comes here once each year and brings with it the best textile art and the best stands to buy materials. As usual it was fantastic. Thousands (and yes, I mean thousands) of women (only saw about half a dozen very brave men) descend on Harrogate, many of them in organised bus loads.
It all went swimmingly - a bus from our nearest town, dropped us at the door and collected us there five hours later. Wonderful embroidery and textile art, marvellous stands of vibrant materials to buy. I took my camera but was too busy looking and buying to think of taking a photograph.
At lunch time my friend and I went out, crossed the road and had a lovely lunch in The Old Swan Hotel (chicken and caesar salad wraps since you ask). Any Agatha Christie fans amongst you will be interested to hear that that is the hotel to which Christie went when she disappeared off the radar for some days. There is a plaque in the foyer to tell you this.
Now I have unloaded and filed away all my goodies. My first plan now is to write all my poems (the ones I think are good enough) into a book I bought today. I shall decorate the cover before I do so - and then the book can be left to posterity (or put in Dominic's drawer). So watch out for "before" and "after" photos of the book.
TFE's Poteen Party is in full swing, over on his site. There is an opportunity to read his interview with Liz Gallagher - plus a conversation with his dog and a lot of celebrity guests, all pretty inebriated when I left.
Terrible floods over in the West - Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway - today we were lucky to miss it all - it was a warm, breezy, sunny day in Harrogate and here too - but the farmer drove up to Hawes (15 miles West of here) and there it was absolutely pouring down. I wonder how our bloggy friends in Wales and the West Country have fared. More rain is forecast for the weekend, so spare a thought for the poor people who's homes are flooded. Have a pleasant evening.