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It’s been a very busy time with I am afraid little painting being done but lots of ideas bouncing around and spending lots of time with the children, which is a full time job.

July kicked off as usual with the Frome Festival and the Artists Open Studios which for me went very well, over the two weekends we had over 500 visitors and many who returned from previous years and yes bought things which was brilliant.  I’m already thinking of how things can be organised for next year!

I’ve also taken over managing the Friends Scheme for Black Swan Arts in Frome (www.blackswanarts.org.uk) so there will be lots to do for that and we are planning a regular “plinth” exhibition featuring a different local artist each month.

In November there is the Frome Decorative Arts Exhibition coming up so lots of planning is going into that too! I’m teaming up with Kate Cochrane and Chris Talman to bring hopefully a really inspiring display. Dont’ miss it! www.fromedecorativeartsexhibition.co.uk

Wookey Hole, Phoebe's Birthday

Inigo and Phoebe at Bristol Zoo

We’ve done a lot of visiting and trips, Bristol Zoo, Norfolk to visit my mum, Great Yarmouth to visit old Art College friends, Woodstock for a super treat weekend, more very good food, Wookey Hole for Phoebe’s birthday, Lyme Regis for a few days and shortly off to Yorkshire.  I had a big birthday this year – no I will not say which one, work it out.  However, I was royally treated to a lovely trip to Bath, staying at The Milsom Hotel (fantastic fish in the restaurant) and visiting the Theatre Royal to see “The Madness of George III” which was fantastic.  Very interesting that in the same week we had popped down to see friends who are staying in Lyme Regis where Kate Adams is appearing in “The Salty Socks of Dunkirk”.  two very different pieces of theatre but both wonderful.  If you get a chance to catch Salty Socks on tour, then do, really great fun, thought provoking and the kids enjoyed it too.  What more could you want.

On the Beach in Lyme Regis

Phoebe and Kate in Lyme Regis outside The Marine Theatre

Finally we have had family gatherings, impromptu parties and lots of visits from friends, so a busy but satisfying time.  The children are both starting new schools in September so I will really relax once they have settled in.  But for now on to Yorkshire for lots of walking, Kilnsey Show, good friends, good food (more) and good fun.  Aren’t we lucky!