It was the annual Armathwaite village show today. All exhibits had to be in the hall by 10:30am so we were up early; I had sticky toffee sauce to make for my sticky toffee tray bake (recipe to follow) we had sweet peas to cut, 3 french beans, 3 tomatoes, 3 beetroot, 3 cooking apples and ‘mystery seeds’ to harvest and Phil made a few final touches to his painting of a village scene. Our other entries included an embroidery, a Christmas decoration, 3 eggs, an abstract painting and a natural world painting. Judging commenced at 11am and we were not allowed back in until 2pm. And the results ? ……..
I’d planted the mystery seeds at weekly intervals starting in May, some in a pot and some in the raised bed. All our others bolted and went to seed as did everyone else’s in the village. All except for this fine little chap, small but perfectly formed ….. Well almost!
‘Three things there are that will never come back. The arrow set forth on its destined track; the appointed hour that could not wait; and the helpful word that was spoken too late’.
Phil: This painting had wanted to be brought into the world for some time. Having nothing new to display and making a bit of time, something has to give. I bought a canvas on Wednesday and started to sketch the elements to be incorporated into the design. The outline composition is based on a painting by Marc Chagall entitled ‘I and the village’. Vitebsk of Chagall’s work is substituted by our village of Armathwaite. My proposal of marriage took place on Armathwaite bridge (see ring finger). The church above us is where the wedding took place and the pub in which the reception took place across the bridge ‘The Fox and Pheasant ‘ are all represented. The summerhouse was just a dream at the time and we only had Rigsby (our Border Terrier). The painting spans a longer timeframe and includes Shackleton who can be seen gripping Rigs by the throat (only playing). Glad the judge liked it, it’s just down to personal preferences.
She had apparently been troubled by the extra finger but had been assured that it must have been deliberate (see Chagall’s ‘self portrait with seven fingers’). To do something with seven fingers is a Yiddish folk expression ‘mit alle zibn finger’, which means doing something to your best ability.