THE FOG ON THE TYNE....
This week has been great fun - G and I went up to Newcastle for five days as a mini break. More on that later!
This is what the desk looks like at the moment, I've been cutting out some linen triangles to make Christmas tree decorations.
You get the idea - Scandi inspired, using up some of my ribbon/trim stash. However, I'm not in the mood for sewing today so it's still looking like that right now!
Before we left for the weekend, I made this with the fabric shown last week:
It worked quite well, I may make some more!
We did enjoy our trip up North. G and I lived in Northumberland for 11 years so it was a trip of reminiscing and catching up with old friends. We visited Penny, whom we last saw about 25 years ago and met up with her daughter Charlie, who was 11 last time we met and is now 36!!! Anyway, Charlie is a crafter and this was her desk:
Quite compact but nicely laid out with everything to hand! Stupidly I didn't get a pic of us all, we were too busy talking. Penny had I had lost touch through multiple changes of address on both sides but were reunited through FB, just marvellous!
The main reason we were in Newcastle though was to attend the Brass in Concert competition where 12 of the top bands play an entertainment programme, it's a full day event and was held at The Sage.
Which is the big curved glass building, a beautiful place. In fact the quayside was looking extremely lovely all floodlit like that!
We stayed right by this bridge which is the newest of all the bridges over the Tyne. It tips up to allow boats to sail through and is beautifully lit at night.
Our favourite band Cory won the event by a country mile (hooray!) but the real icing on the cake was this:
Meeting up with some lovely folk from the Summer School in Nova Scotia earlier this year! Bona (far left) is from Detroit and incredibly involved with music making and teaching at all levels. Scott (far right) was my tuba tutor on the course and the loveliest, most laid back person you could wish to meet. He's also Professor of Low Brass at Kansas University and an astonishing player. His band, Fountains City, were taking part in the competition and came fifth with an entertaining programme. I hadn't met Scott's wife Mary before but she was a lovely lady who was great to chat with (and was also one of the percussionists). A very unexpected and happy reunion!!
Back to earth with a bump now with lots of practising to do before a band contest in Cardiff on Saturday, Life is picking up speed again!