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It was a sunny Early May Bank holiday weekend, and Art@Ancrum was well and truly back! We were in the garden at Cheviot View early on Saturday morning, setting up inside the gazebo and strategically placing baskets around outside. At opening time, we were ready with a sales table and our new card reader. We weren't disappointed; visitors started streaming straight away, and there was hardly a break all day until mid-afternoon when it turned wet. We took cover in the gazebo along with all the baskets we rescued from the rain. As we were thinking of packing up for the day, a lady came in and bought Anna's fox sculpture! It really made out day!

Sunday morning was a more leisurely start, as we needed only to arrange the outside baskets. Our stocks were depleted following Saturday's sales, but we still had plenty on display. Again, people started to arrive just after opening, and we had a steady but slower day. There was a lot of interest in the self-help groups and workshops of various types. In particular, there were sufficient notes of interest to make two beginner's workshops viable, one in the Borders and another in Northumberland.

By the time Monday came around, we were into the swing of things. We even mastered the card reader in Lorraine's absence. In total, the reader accounted for more than two-thirds of the sales, making it a worthwhile investment for the Group. Despite the cooler temperature and brisk breeze, visitors were still in abundance all day.

Our hosts, Val and Derek, looked after us very well, providing tea, coffee, and homemade cake every day, in addition to the use of their lovely garden. When we had packed everything away we bid farewell to our hosts and other makers in the garden (woodturners and a jeweller), hoping we would all meet again at Cheviot View for Art@Ancrum 2023,.

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Author Name : Sheila Patrick
Publish Date : 12th May 2022
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