I’m now living in Northern Ireland full time and have been clearing out the old barn at my new home to make space for a workshop. 25 years of city living have taught me to be very economical with space – and now that I have 20-odd metres of barn to play with, I hardly know where to begin.
In that magical way that these things happen, cupboards and desks have been donated and once the electricity and water get connected, it’ll be ready for action.
The other day I had a moment of pure joy sitting at the bench in a pool of sun from the skylight as I polished up some pieces to send to In the House at Castle Ward. I do love a National Trust house, and am looking forward to a nice outing to see the exhibition in a couple of weeks time. The exhibition is open 9/10/11 August at Castle Ward and then moves to Space CRAFT in College Street Belfast in September.
Meanwhile, a local collectors’ fair turned up some marvelous additions to my tool collection, including a rather beautiful boxwood measuring guage marked with shoe sizes. When I get round to inspecting the items I’ve been gathering over the past few years, you’ll get to see it in more detail.