Ignoring the satnav

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Sitting at our destination  slightly tired after a long drive. Got a g&t as no more driving today.

I decided to use my phones satnav. But the options were all motorway driving and I wanted to avoid part of that as I know the motorway is having a lot of work done on it. However the sat nav didn’t know that and kept saying, “in a quarter of a mile turn left” each time I drove past a junction, turn left, turn left. In the end I joined up with the motorway. Then I had an argument with my hubby about the route, he wanted to go our usual way but it took me away from the city centre. We went a different way, just getting stuck in roadworks a few times.

So I’m sitting here after about 90 miles in three hours… Slow but safe x

Boatband night.

On the first Wednesday of each month we go to the local pub and listen to a group called the Boat band. It’s fun to hear old and new pieces, with people bringing along instruments including trumpets, harmonicas and banjos  to join in with the music or sing or play an instrument in the interval.

It is real fun to be part of a group of people enjoying themselves. It has lifted my spirits on many occasions when I’ve been feeling a bit down. It has also improved my confidence. When I first sang a solo song I was shaking at the end of it. Not any more. I’ve seen other people go from being very shy to writing their own songs and learning to play instruments. What more could you ask for on a Wednesday night out?

UK urban sketchers annual event, Sunday

Who knew so many people would get together and draw for three days in mostly very wet conditions. Here are a few more photos of the event on Sunday in Hanley.

Art is important, it is creative, it shows us new things, new ideas, new ways of looking at things. It helps understanding of the complex as well as the simple.

I think it should be compulsory to do some sort of art at school (well I would), but nowadays the core curriculum seems to have shrunk without the breadth of knowledge of the past. In the meantime dumbing down seems to be the norm.

Ah life, so strange. Thank goodness for art.

Thanks to Martha I can post again.

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I managed to delete photos from my WordPress account so I can now post new ones. Thanks to my friend for helping and explaining how to do it.

I deleted over 10%, so if you look back at some of my old posts there may not be images to accompany them. At least it means I can avoid upgrading my account and also save a bit of money.

So… Posts and more posts to come

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Urban sketchers annual event…

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This weekend was the first time Stoke-on-Trent urban sketchers had hosted the National Urban Sketchers event.

Over Friday, Saturday and today visitors to the city and local sketchers joined up at four venues. Stoke minster and its surroundings, Burslem school of art and places like the wedgewood institute in Burslem. Longport at the waiting room gallery and the cherished chimneys shop, and also the local canal, and finally today we were based up in Hanley looking at the inside and outside of the Potteries museum and art gallery.

There were a lot of attendees. From various parts of the country. I think they enjoyed it despite very wet conditions.

Can’t wait for next year. I don’t know where its planned to be held but I can’t wait to hear.