Friday 11 February 2011: PERFECT DAY
It's such a perfect day - I'm glad I spent it with (both of) you.
It has been a brilliant day all round as MsGable and I finally managed to get for our 'Christmas' lunch. The collage shows the actual meal - which was chicken and not turkey but beggars (at this late stage in the day) can't be choosers - and I must admit that the peas look rather atomic (they were the seasonal vegetable!!) The meal was eaten slowly due to the long twists and tangents that the conversations that MsGable and I had took. After our main course we washed it down with a large cup of coffee (also pictured) whilst speaking of spiders (this information will no doubt have convinced you that MsGable and I are, to say the least, strange).
It was during this conversation that MsGable suddenly stopped speaking and looked above my head and beyond me. I turned my head, warily, envsioning a giant spider about to land on my head but no, instead, there was a man standing behind me and, after doing a double take, I was overjoyed to find that it was my lovely, instrument making, friend who now lives in Scotland.
He had come down South to deliver two of the mandolins that he had made to a shop in Huddersfield. Being aware of the luncheon date that MsGable and I intended to keep today and, as he was also aware of the venue, he called in to surprise me.
He had brought with him, to show me, an Appalachian dulcimer that his protege had made and the body of it is pictured above (the maker of the instrument had cut out the leaf detail too) as is the 'head' of the dulcimer (the logo is of an anchor - which was fitting as The Anchor was the pub we were in - with a heart incorporated in it).
My friend only stayed with us an hour as he had a long drive home but it was lovely to see him.
After MsGable and I had recovered from the shock and surprise we went back to MsGable's house for a cup of tea and she initiated me into the art of creating a collage. The above is my first attempt and is a pictorial reminder, for me, of the lovely day I have had.