Saturday 10 March 2012: Missed the blip!
I had it all planned out today - what the blip was going to be. But, as they say, the best laid plans of mice and
My husband was due to land at Nelson airport at 17.40. So we were going to be down there by around 17.25 and up on the Observation deck on the roof to see his plane come in, big lens at the ready. Then, as he stepped down from the De Havilland DHC-8-300 Dash 8 and walked across the tarmac towards the airport building along with the handful of other passengers, we would get some great shots. Glorious sunny day.... all should have gone according to plan.
But at 1600, as I was out in the garden cutting some roses, a lovely neighbour appeared with a gift of grapes from her vine and a friend of hers that she wanted to introduce. I explained that N. was arriving shortly but invited them in for a quick glass of wine...... conversation ricocheted around from the fate of the centenary oaks in the Queen's Gardens to the ceiling of the Paris Opéra to near fatal accidents with chainsaws. Suddenly I began to panic. It was 17.15 when they left and we hardly had any time left to finish tidying the house and get ready. As I started the car at 17.25 I heard the unmistakeable sound of a Dash 8 approaching overhead - surely it couldn't be early? But it was.
By the time we drew up outside the terminal building, there was N, baggage already claimed from the trailer, looking just a shade disappointed that we hadn't been there with arms outstretched. "I'm sorry - we got Old Ladied!" was all I could offer.
So here, instead, is a vintage fabric badge that I bought for Christina in The Suter gallery where Immy and I had lunch earlier today. It was made by a local fabric artist/jeweller who uses - well, vintage fabrics! - to make these brooches. Christina has rather a penchant for vintage fabrics and has a collection of books from the V&A on 17th, 18th and 19th Century Fashion in Detail featuring some of the beautiful Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian clothing in the V&A's collection. When I saw these I instantly thought of her.