Good morning, everyone. There's just a hint of frost on the cars this morning and a forecast of yet more sun, which is lovely!
Yesterday was gorgeous! Wall to well sunshine and it was so mild it was incredible.
The day started with me setting off for pottery. It was pleasant to see everyone again.
The leaf is now finished - the extra glazing worked and I'm extremely pleased with the result (the white in the photo is reflection, not fault). It didn't work so well on the mousehog who still looks as if he's spent the night in tears but never mind.
I was expecting to continue working on the coil pot before firing - some smoothing off, neatening up, more work to sort out the inside and so on but, unfortunately, Alex (tutor) had thought it was finished and had fired it - or maybe. knowing my perfectionist tendencies, she felt it wasn't worth any extra effort and pre-empted things by firing it. I was sorry about that but it was never going to be something I'd want to show off so never mind. I got it glazed and next week it will be finished. I'll take another photo then when I have it home and it contains my pens.
Before I did that, I worked on the butterfly buttons which, thankfully, hadn't been fired. They very much needed the edges neatening and smoothing (rather fiddly!) and I also needed to sort of 'drill' the button holes which I should have done last time but I thought there would only have been a week between sessions, not realising that there isn't one over half term. After the week off, they had dried out so much I had to be very careful and, sadly, snapped two of them as I made the holes. A learning experience. However, I still have six and I need four so that will be OK as long as the glazing works. They're in for firing now and next week I must remember to take the bag I want them for, to choose the glaze colour.
Then it was home for lunch/dinner (main meal) before doing some furniture moving. Turning the second spare room into a sort of sewing room is a work in progress and the bed needs to go. It's not a 'real' bed, it's a metal chair frame that fold down into a bed (from IKEA) and it's been very useful but really I have no need for it - it hasn't been used for over a year now. What with that, the mattress (very old) and an old recliner downstairs, there's enough heavy stuff to warrant getting the council to come and take the stuff so that's what is happening tomorrow. So today I need to get it all out the front (with Beth's help) and yesterday I got the bed and the mattress downstairs (without Beth's help).
For now, there's a gopak table up there for Beth to work on while we get the rest of the room sorted. I'm really very excited about making good use of the room again and it will be great to get all the crafting equipment up in one place although I shall miss my dumping ground. For the rare occasion when I do need a bed in a second spare room, I am going to invest in one of those air beds that inflate and deflate rapidly. They are very comfortable and can pack away small.
After tuition, I went out to the Civic to see My Fair Lady and it really was very good. The singing was strong and Eliza was particularly well played. The costumes, which are a great part of the overall charm, were fantastic. All in all, a great evening out.
Today is most complicated!
I'm meeting a friend at Hylands Park for coffee, a good chat and some 'Body Magic' (SW's term for any form of exercise - twee, I know) as we stroll around the grounds.
Then Beth and I need to get that furniture outside for pick up early tomorrow morning.
Then it is tuition and there's only half an hour between that and a couple of hours of governor training this evening.
I usually manage my days better than this but never mind, at least it will all be over and done with.
Wishing us all a good and successful day!