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Ewyas Harold Arts Fest 2017 @Temple Bar Inn

Once again I was kindly invited by Gill Jinman of the Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold, to display some of my photos in  their cracking exhibition space which is also used for get togethers, wild parties and other stuff – the all purpose meeting place for the local community, in fact.

It was all over in a flash but while we were there it was great fun – setting up and taking down is all part of the exhibition merry go round and as much fun as the actual ‘show’.

       

        

       

Last time I was there it was a straightforward exhibition of ceramics, glassware, paintings and photos. This time the whole village was involved at 5 or so different venues dotted about the place and it became obvious that there is a lot of artistic talent in this neck of the woods !

Visitors were treated to a shuttle service provided by Dore Community Transport, whose drivers tirelessly ferried people from one end of the village to the other.

The local children were involved in a scarecrow building competition and on the ‘scariness’ scale they didn’t disappoint! I only captured a couple of them but here they are

The next two images show the beautiful facade of our venue –  the restored Temple Bar Inn, with a scarecrow on sentry duty (albeit sitting down on the job!) (in the right hand corner, in case you think that’s a local a bit the worse for wear!!).

This event took place over the 3 days of the Bank Holiday weekend, coinciding cannily with the Hay on Wye Literary Festival, which is a stone’s throw away. Graham Powell kicked off with the opening ceremony – one of his last duties as a local councillor,  and here ably assisted by Gill’s husband, Peter, chairman of the parish council.

During our exhibition, the theme of which was  ‘Inspired by Nature’, local water colour artist, Richard Bavin, unveiled a  four metre painting of Lea & Paget’s Wood, created with public participation during h.Art 2016.

Figuring out how to hang a painting this big, so that it draped well and looked resplendent, called on the ingenuity of those involved and Richard enlisted the help of Jill Barneby, printmaker and owner of the Print Shed in Madley where the painting took shape on the grass outside the workshop. Over a hundred volunteers (and one dog, apparently!) worked on it, each adding a little bit of magic, to create this stunning piece which Richard is hoping will raise lots of dosh for the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust – maybe by the time of writing this they will have achieved their aim – I hope so!!

See http://www.herefordshirewt.org/ for information.

So after the opening ceremony and the awarding of prizes to the scarecrow creators (everyone’s an artist in this village!!), proceedings being monitored by some local llamas whilst they chewed contentedly on some hay (there is a llama farm just up the road in Walterstone where if you feel so inclined you can load up your llama with packed lunch, waterproofs etc  and take a tour of this picturesque landscape)

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our visitors wandered this way and that to enjoy a fantastic display of arts and crafts, ranging from weaving to glass blowing to textiles to painting to furniture making.

The weather was mixed but that didn’t matter – there was good food on offer throughout the venues, live music at the Temple Bar Inn, story telling and lots of other activities going on. Below is a shot of  a talented duo called the Pyschedelic Hearts Club Band, who performed a mixture of Beatles’ covers and their own material – they were great! a real treat.

The Ewyas Harold Festival of Arts was very well attended, particularly on Bank Holiday Monday. It was made possible by a fantastic group of people who care deeply about their local village and community and were prepared to go the extra mile to make the event a success.

I am  delighted to have been invited to participate again and marvel at the spirit and energy of the locals – they must have two bowls of porridge for breakfast!!

Here is some of the work on display at this year’s event from these artists and makers: Julian Stanley (furniture maker), Sally Guest (oil painter), Jacky Edwards (glass ware), Jill Barneby (printmaker) Richard Bavin (water colourist) and Sue Fernández (photographer)

                     

     

Here’s to the next one!

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Another year, another River Carnival on the Wye.

The stretch of river that runs between Hereford Rowing Club and the Victoria Footbridge was once again the setting for the main attraction of the Hereford River Carnival –  the parade of a dozen or so colourful floats.  For reasons I am not privy to – but probably to do with access points along the bank – the floats first have to be towed upstream along the same stretch of river before they set off downstream again. There was nothing for it! The crews had to brave the water and it looked pretty cold!!  Then it was a case of just pulling against the current – and let’s face it – carnival floats aren’t usually built with good handling in mind! The more unwieldy the craft the more resistance it put up,  but the crews were having none of it! The river was not particularly high, but weather conditions weren’t ideal –  a wind had got up and rain clouds were gathering – again.

Amongst those organisations represented  were the Alzameimers Society (I’ve forgotten how to spell that) , Aspire, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Hereford Food Bank, Hereford MIND, Newton Farm Community Association, the Sea Cadets, Strong Young Minds, Horizon Training, local health food shop, Fodders, Sheila’s Wheels,  and two local pubs, the Barrels (representing aforementioned Wye Valley Brewery) and the Vaga Tavern.

I positioned myself on the footbridge and watched as our water babies slogged slowly upstream to take their starting positions. It looked like hard work!

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The support dinghies and canoes were manned by members of CHAR (the River Wye Charity Raft Race organization) and local sea cadets  (always seems strange to me that a landlocked Midlands county, as far away from the sea as you can get in the UK, should have a unit of the sea cadets, but we do – I suppose water is water!) Anyway, they were out in force, expertly manoeuvering their kayaks and dinghies to escort, aid, and lend support and encouragement where needed.

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Ever get that sinking feeling?  A few sticky moments here for the castle.

The green and yellow craft below looked tiny in comparison with some, but maybe small is beautiful in these conditions.

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She hugged the bank and made her way quietly up to the start.

Then came  ‘the Fried Egg   (I’m assuming this was Hereford Food Bank)

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All the crews did whatever it took – towing, pushing, pulling, wading through the water tmentalHealthogether.shirleysWheelsThe efforts of the Wye Valley Brewery crew were nothing short of heroic  – I have to say the design of their float didn’t exactly help – It looked heavy with 4 barrels on a square platform – it was always going to be a handful!  barrels8Eventually they towed it under the footbridge on the first part of its journey upstream – our hero had hold of the rope attached to the support boat and manfully hung on!

Only a mile to go!

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Eventually he could hold on no longer and decided to attach the rope under the raft. Success! And applause from the crowd above! Away they went. Further upstream another snag – the brolly started to catch the breeze so they jettisoned that and at last disappeared into the distance.

barrels5When the floats finally started to reappear on their way back, as I looked down the length of the river it struck me that they were bunched a bit like horses in a  race – some hugging the near bank,

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some the opposite bank

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and some coming straight down the middle.

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Whether they were following instructions, or just being carried along by the current I don’t know. As they moved falteringly along, the escorts were still doing a grand job, weaving through the water, ever watchful, ever ready to move in , and giving much needed reassurance to our wobbly wayfarers.

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It was easy to see that coming downstream is a doddle compared to going up!

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Now, you see that? It’s a stone pillar! Paddle round it! bridgeInSight Okay, boss!

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And – under we go……….

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All using the same technique – no collisions – and the end is in sight.

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For the trip back downstream the ‘Fried Egg’ has acquired a sharply dressed captain!underBridge

This wasn’t a race, but I believe there was a prize for the best float. I don’t know who won.  You be the judge. Here’s a reminder of the gallant participants in the 2016 Hereford River Carnival Parade.bananaMan

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h.Art2015 – Review in Pictures

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A work of art in itself – the beautiful, half timbered Market House in Ledbury is a regular exhibition space for the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen.  Their pieces for h.Art Week 2015 included work in wood, felt, stained glass, leather, ceramics  as well as jewellery and paintings:

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My own prints and cards were on display at Venue 86, Studiocrafts, run by Susan Melvin and Frances Beaver – a new venue for h.Art . At the entrance to our display we had a colouring in board which proved very popular!

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The main inspiration behind my prints is the natural world and these are some of the images which  sold this year: strutyourstuff Tommy

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But of course there were almost 100 other venues this year and I was determined to see some of them for myself so at the first opportunity I hot-footed it down to Bankside Industrial Estate to see  a talented group of ceramicists: master potter Stuart Houghton – who kindly threw a pot just for me! – Stuart’s wife Wendy, who creates very delicate 3-D creations out of fine strips of porcelain paper clay, Fleen Doran, who produces wood-fired salt glazed pots , and Belatrova who make lamps, bird baths and pots in beautiful bold designs like this one – which I bought for my conservatory (bang goes my profit!!)

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Also on the same site is Sunny Todd, a screen printer, making jazzy, patterned cushions and fabrics for use in interior design.

  

A completely different but no less interesting  display of fabrics was to be found at the well known Weavers Gallery in Church Lane,  run by Jill Exell and Amanda Wright, two accomplished quilters  – well, an understatement if ever there was one! – the work is meticulous, imaginative, in short – impressive!

Being shown back at our own venue was the film made last year by Will Hopkins. If you participated in hArt in 2014 you will remember that Will took on the mammoth task of visiting all of the 100 and some odd hArt venues on his motorbike. His idea was to then produce a DVD to promote his own film making skills but also as a visual record of the event for all of us. We were treated to a viewing of the final 45 minute film as his partner, Angel, was exhibiting her photos with us and very enjoyable it is too. The DVD  is available through the h.Art Facebook Page.

I will leave you with some images of my best selling postcards and look forward to next year.

       

            

Herefordshire Art Exhibition 2015 September 12 – 20

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I am Sue Fernández. My medium is digital photography. This year I am very pleased to be exhibiting some of my photographs at a new venue in Ledbury –  that  hub of creative endeavour and a long established  showcase for hArt-logo-SM which devotees  enjoy every September.

This will be my third hArt-logo-SM Exhibition, this time alongside nine other artists and makers, whose work includes lampshades, small scale sculptures, embroidery, lino cuts,  handmade books, paintings and photographs.

Susan Melvin and her business partner, Frances Beavis, will be providing the venue, a brand new space – completely refurbished and  ideal for exhibitions and workshops and just in time for hArt-logo-SMwhich is held every year in September – it’s just around the corner so pretty soon you’ll be seeing those  familiar pink hArt-logo-SMroad signs – they point you in the direction of the venues and will also have individual venue numbers on them.

You should already be able to pick up a printed guide for this event from many retail outlets, tourist  information points and libraries to help you plan your hArt-logo-SM adventure.

hArt-logo-SM is part of the ‘brightstripe’ organisation  so you can also visit their website and download an electronic copy of the guide  – just go to www.brightstripe.co.uk

Details of our exhibition in Ledbury are listed in the ‘Extra Exhibitions’ section of the hArt-logo-SMguide  – check our opening times there as they may be different from other venues

So to summarize:

  • hArt-logo-SMruns from Sep 12 to Sep 20, 2015
  • we are Venue 86
  • we are called hArt-logo-SMat Studiocrafts, Ledbury
  • we are open from 10 am to 5 pm daily (but CLOSED  Monday 14th Sep)

Come and have a look round – there will be some great work on display and you will be able to talk to the creators of that work.

Oh, and I nearly forgot!  There will be cake!!

Photographic A, B, C of 2014

 

I thought I’d round off the year with an a, b, c of photos from my archive:

A is for AC Cobra – a mean, sleek racing machine.

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B is for Bull – a Hereford White Face, emblematic breed from my native Herefordshire.

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C is for Cockerel – this is a composite image from shapes I was playing around with in Photoshop.

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D is for Dragon – we found this one in a park just on the outskirts of Barcelona.

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E is for Entrance – the entrance to the Boquería food market in Barcelona city centre – a mecca for all foodies.

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F is for Fire engine – this one is Norwegian – they seem to use them more for clearing the streets than tackling fires.

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G is for Graffiti – Barcelona has some fine examples of it.

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H is for Husky – this one lives in Tromso, Norway with his 299 kennel mates – a vociferous mob but very friendly.

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I is for Ikea – that well known purveyor of flat pack furniture.

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J is for Jalopy – this one being put through its paces in the  construction stages by my dad.

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K is for Kune kune pig – this breed has gained in popularity over recent years.

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L is for Lifeboat – slung overhead they make for an interesting photo.

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M is for May Fair – our annual fair invades the town for three days in early May to provide fun and entertainment.

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N is for Nativity – a traditional alternative in Spain to the Christmas tree – a lot of homes display a nativity scene.

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O is for Origami – my son has become adept at this after a trip to Japan – as you can see, this one is a bookmark shaped like a cat’s head.

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P is for Patch – a piebald horse I used to ride who is now contentedly retired.

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Q is for Quoits – a very competitive game on board ship !

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R is for Roulette – a rather more sedentary, but nonetheless exciting, game, played in the on board casino.

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S is for Sculpture and this is a beautiful, interactive one.

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T is for Tree – this one is at Shobdon Arches, Herefordshire.

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U is for Ural owl – this feisty youngster lived at Kington Owl Centre, Herefordshire.

 

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V is for Vegetable – the talented chef on our cruise ship created all sorts of beautiful vegetable animals and birds inspired by cartoon characters.

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W is for Windsurfers – there are always some off Barceloneta beach in Barcelona

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X is for Xmas starter – I was ready to throw in the towel trying to create this from a Gary Rhodes recipe – only 4 pages of instructions!!XmasStarter

Y is for Youth clinic – children learning to ride at an annual clinic in Monnington, Herefordshire.

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Z is for Ziggy – this beautiful animal, owned by friends of mine, was called Ziggy Stardust – sadly no longer around, but aptly named  -a prima donna!

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Our h.Art Neighbours

What better way to spend the 3 hours between the morning and evening stewarding sessions than visit a couple of other h.Art venues close by?

A few miles from our own venue at the Temple Bar Inn in Ewyas Harold is  Clehonger Church – Venue 55. News had reached me of Smudge’s world renowned carrot and coriander soup  so it was a no-brainer, really. I was in need of nourishment and the soup didn’t disappoint!

As well as all the great work on display there was also this stained glass window, which is beautiful in its own right, but when the sun streams in through the glass it casts a rainbow of colours onto the surrounding wall.dove&caption

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We are now mid way through our h.Art Exhibition for this year- a good time to take stock.

We’ve met lots of interesting people from all over – some who do the h.Art Trail every year and plan their route, some who are just out enjoying the great weather and happen across us, and some who are local to our venue in Ewyas Harold and are just dropping in to their local pub. I enjoyed lunch there myself today with a few friends before heading back upstairs to welcome more visitors.

During the afternoons the sun streams in through the windows and literally lights up the exhibits. I was inspired to take a few more photos.  On one of them you can’t fail to notice the word ‘SOLD’ – I was chuffed to see one day when I arrived that one of my large canvas prints had sold to a lady who runs a local gallery – a discerning eye!  – but all the artists have sold lots of the pieces they have on display. I can only speak for myself and I am very pleased with how it’s going.  I imagine the others would say the same.

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Open Evening – a preview of our forthcoming h.Art Exhibition

Nearly there!

We had planned on Wednesday September 3rd – my son’s birthday so a good omen! – for our Open Evening – a chance for friends, colleagues, neighbours, business acquaintances and fellow h.Arters to see our work before we open to the public on Saturday.

It was a gorgeous,  balmy evening so our hosts, the Jinmans, served the refreshments out on the terrace

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to the distant, gentle clink of the petanque match that was going on in the car park – this is a regular event at the pub – there is a league I am told and they are doing rather well in it.

Back to the exhibition – attendance  was good – over a hundred people came to admire our handiwork. The function room which is doubling as our exhibition space looked stunning and with six very different media on display there was something for everyone.

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Roll on Saturday September 6th when visitors and local people alike will get a chance to see not only our venue – Venue 52  – but well over a hundred others all displaying beautiful artwork.

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Run Up to Herefordshire Art Week 2014

‘Inspired by Nature’ Exhibition – h.ART Week 2014.

Preparations are well under way for  Herefordshire Art Week 2014.    This year I am very excited to be exhibiting some of my work at the Temple Bar Inn in the village of Ewyas Harold. The pub has been recently refurbished and now boasts a beautiful function room   on the first floor, which is where I will be displaying some of my photographic images in the form of box canvases, framed photographs, unframed prints and cards.

Five other local artists will also be exhibiting their work at the Temple Bar this year so you will also be able to see  metal sculptures, wildwood sculptures, ceramics, decorative glass panels and earth pigment paintings.

Gill and Peter Jinman and their daughter, Phillipa, who own and run the pub, have been instrumental in setting up the exhibition, along with exhibition organiser, Kate Raggett, and it promises to be visually stunning – come along and have a look round. You will be able to buy something beautiful for your home  – be it a print, a painting, or some ceramics

– or just come along and marvel at the creativity of our local artists.

Our exhibition is called ‘Inspired by Nature’ and will be listed as Venue 52 in the h.Art Guide.

It will be open from Saturday September 6th (11 am to 8 pm)  – to Sunday 14th September (we close at 5 pm on the last day).

Admission is FREE.

For more information on h.Art Week around the county visit http://www.brightstripe.co.uk

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Hereford River Carnival May 2014

It is often said that we Herefordians don’t make enough use of the river Wye. The advent of the railways meant that rivers generally were no longer used by factories and businesses as a means of transporting their goods, and the Wye was no exception. Nowadays, its waters are exploited more by the tourism and leisure industries, although different sectors don’t always see eye to eye – anglers don’t approve of canoeists disturbing the fish – the Wye is, after all, renowned for its salmon. The canoeists argue that the water is there for everyone’s enjoyment – that is, theirs!  Hay, as well as being famous for its second hand book shops and annual Literary Festival, is a mecca for walkers and canoeists alike – they all enjoy the stunning scenery along the Wye Valley – which we locals take a bit for granted. Hereford Rowing Club, which is based close to the city centre and was established as far back as 1861, caters for local sportsmen and women as well as some schools. Their annual Regatta in August attracts a good crowd, as does Ross Regatta.
Lots of other towns along its meandering course count on the natural beauty of the river to attract visitors – places like Builth Wells, which hosts the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Tintern with its historic abbey and Symonds Yat Rock, which boasts one of the most majestic views of the Wye, and where the water is deep enough for pleasure boats to run cruises.

This year, thanks to some very determined individuals, the Hereford River Carnival was re-established and celebrated on May Day after an absence of 41 years. Of course, no amount of enthusiasm can control the weather, but our luck was in! – it was a beautiful spring day and hordes of people turned up to enjoy it.

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Along the banks of the river and on the Castle Green which overlooks it all manner of entertainment was laid on: the programme included things as diverse as an aerial dance show performed in the trees, green wood working, guided walks, belly dancing and learning circus skills. canoes4A procession of floats was due to set sail from the Rowing Club at 2.30 pm and by 1.30 pm a veritable flotilla of young canoeists was gathering to escort the floats from the Rowing Club downstream to just beyond the Victoria footbridge. I have never tried to manoeuver a canoe but I have watched as the local club members line up  under the Old Bridge to practise turning and paddling against the current – it looks tricky when the river is up but today the water was very shallow and relatively calm (easy for me to say, yes!) ……well, these youngsters made it look easy, anyway. NoahsArk1 onTow

Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for some of those in charge of floats. Luckily, help was on hand – they were accompanied through the arches of the two bridges by teams of four rafters (or maybe it was the same four – in which case they  must have been absolutely knackered at the end of the afternoon – anyway, up and down they went, sometimes towing floats into position against the current and sometimes guiding them down towards the finish line.

I don’t know if the floats were judged but Noah’s Ark would have got my vote.

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SFX4It was also nice to see this  float representing my children’s old primary school, St. Francis Xavier’s.

trow1But the star attraction was this trow – named Hereford Bull – what else?! and built to represent the city of Hereford in the Thames River Pageant which was organised in June 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. These traditional craft plied the river  back in the 19th century – some 140 years ago.

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Of course you have to keep the troops entertained! And no electronic gadgets in sight!

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There were stilts and pogo sticks to master, hula hoops to get to grips with, painting and drawing, clay pots to make and of course food to eat –

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One event that I didn’t manage to capture was the First Underwater Bicycle Race In the River Wye. And I missed it!! I know it happened – there was irrefutable evidence in the form of several deflated inflatable plastic ducks attached to helmets and left by the river bank – apparently, these had been used by the competitors so that the spectators could follow their progress. There were also two hapless Sub Aquers (Aquamariners? – whatever!) who popped up unexpectedly way up river  –  ‘lost their way in all that mud’  – not surprisingly! Anyway, that’s all I know – no doubt there is a full account on You Tube by now.

I will leave you with one last picture of the day.

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