A couple of days ago Margery suggested we should bring some greetings cards to the exhibition. We therefore selected a suitably themed batch from the factory we began in August 2013, and took them over this afternoon in preparation for the evening’s Private View.
Driving through Beaulieu on the way to Bitterne, we followed a large Travis Perkins lorry, which was forced, at regular intervals to come to a standstill in front of us,
in order to manoeuvre round donkeys on the road.
We did, however, arrive in good time to help Paul and Jutta Manser, a talented painter and wood engraver, to complete the hanging.
Every wall, including that on the stairway of this little house devoted to an art gallery, is utilised to the full.
The ‘before and after’ albums were displayed on a cabinet surface beneath one of the walls.
alongside the albums was a rack of greetings cards.
Other prints were to be seen in every room.
These, and others, were being prepared for placing in racks for when the exhibition opens to the public tomorrow.
As can be seen, Paul has done a splendid job mounting the exhibits.
It has been an honour to share space with some of the excellent paintings,
and works in other materials in this event.
There were many generous donations of plants and seeds, with which to raise funds for Southampton Public Libraries.
Later this evening, Elizabeth booked a table at The Fishers Pond public house in Colden Common. We arrived on time. The reception we received from this member of The Vintage Inn chain was so appalling as to be insulting. It is far too late now for me to be bothered to detail this, although Elizabeth will be writing to them. Needless to say, we left, and drove on to The Fox and Hounds in Fair Oak, which could not have been in greater contrast.
There I enjoyed a mixed grill; Jackie, a burger; and Elizabeth, bangers and mash. My sister and I drank shiraz, and Jackie chose coke.