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Fishink Travels

November 2, 2015

Happy Monday everyone. I hope this finds you all well. I’ve had a busy week and busier times to come.

Last week started with a lovely trip into town with Jane, a glass-maker friend of mine. When we meet up, we treat the occasion like a ‘bunking off school’ kind of day and take in as much art and culture (and good food) as our day allows !

We came across Matthew Darbyshire’s work in the City Art Gallery. He seems to strip away the symbolic power of the classical and everyday object through his combination of experimental processes and traditional methods. Eye catching !

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I popped into Wall of Art on the top floor of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre on Oak Street in the Northern Quarter, to see how my artwork was selling before re-stocking for the Christmas rush (hopefully lol). The display looked great. Don’t forget if you want something Fishink-wise for Christmas then just pop in the shop or visit the website.

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This weekend we’ve been looking after a dog-walking-friend’s-dog, Monty who is a very well behaved, but very active, black cocker spaniel.

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The weather on Sunday had promised to be very warm and quite unusual for November, alas it didn’t happen and instead we were faced with misty, cool temperatures, which admittedly added another dimension to our walks. Monty and our dog Boo get along very well and are both renowned squirrel chasers. Whilst Boo leaps through the woods in bounds and gazelle like leaps, Monty quickly speeds through the undergrowth (gathering half of it with him in his coat) before stopping at a tree and barking frantically where the squirrel has previously leapt heavenwards up the tree. They make a fine team. It’s actually Boo’s birthday today, she’s just turned two !

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I love these misty lane shots taken near to the Arley Hall Estate.

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I’ve realised that in just a few more blogs I’ll will have reached my 1000th FISHINK POST ! Wow I didn’t feel that old at all lol

I have also realised that in the five happy years of compiling Fishink Blog, I’ve now reached a point in my life where other interests are strongly competing with the time I have available for writing the three posts a week.

If you don’t run a blog, you perhaps wouldn’t realise just how much time that might entail but believe me, it’s quite a lot and so sadly, for the time being I will have to scale the Fishink Blogs down to one a week in order to free more time for my art and other interests. I hope that you will continue to tune in and enjoy my posts as much as you’ve done in the past and also to support me as an artist with your comments and purchases of my work. All very much appreciated : )

So it’s onwards and upwards, or as Buzz would say… ” to infinity and Beyond !”

Happy week ahead everyone.


21 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2015 10:10 am

    Interesting work as usual – and how lovely to see Monty and Boo. Love the pic of Boo galloping towards the camera, and Monty looks adorable. (How could we ever have been mad enough to dock their tails? He looks the king of waggers ♥)

    I totally understand you needing more time, and therefore having to blog less – am just happy to know that you will continue doing it once a week……. and a huge thank you for all the wonderful artworks you have brought us.

    • November 2, 2015 11:47 am

      Thanks Henrietta, I didn’t want to give it up altogether as it means far too much to me, but sadly there’s only so many hours in the day and something had to shift. I appreciate your thoughts and look forward to your future commentary : )

  2. janelittlefieldglass permalink
    November 2, 2015 10:37 am

    We had a great day in Manchester! Thanks for showing me round. Your work looked really good in the Craft and Design Centre, Im sure you’ll sell loads for Christmas. Only 1 fishink blog a week??!! We understand and will look forward to it as much as ever.

    • November 2, 2015 11:44 am

      Thanks Jane… for your understanding and for being my truanting partner in crime ! Great to see you too.

  3. Elaine permalink
    November 2, 2015 12:21 pm

    First my heart sank, then was uplifted, I thought for one awful moment you were giving up the blog! Phew! I can deal with once a week… just 😉 Always a pleasure to read your blog, still here enjoying it even if comments are few. We too enjoyed a magical walk yesterday, I love this time of year with a passion. Again another foggy day, but it lays giving a sense of calm. Wonderful. Best wishes to you Craig and here’s to your weekly postings 🙂

    • November 2, 2015 9:54 pm

      Aww thanks Elaine, great to hear you’re enjoying the posts too.

  4. November 2, 2015 1:59 pm

    Congratulations on reaching your 1000th blog hon, you are an inspiration to us all although I’ve never known how you kept the pace up so am glad you’re working out a better blog – life balance!! I will look forward to your weekly blog posts and hope your other ventures go from strength to strength! More power to your elbow!! xxx

    • November 2, 2015 9:56 pm

      I’ve 6 to go before the 1000th but yes that goal is in sight lol Thanks for the encouragement and comments over the years too. That’s often (as you know) what gets you through the quieter times.

  5. November 2, 2015 3:16 pm

    ‘bunking off school’? Must be like our ‘skipping school’ which I relished doing when I was in high school. And interesting enough, my friends and I headed to the art museum… great days! I’ll still be tuning in for your once a week post and if by chance… you stopped altogether, remember I have that folder on my computer of all your posts! Great photos.

    • November 2, 2015 9:57 pm

      Thanks Joy, always great to hear your pearls of wisdom. They’ve kept me going too : )

  6. Claire permalink
    November 2, 2015 7:29 pm

    I can see how much work goes into your posts so I don’t blame you. Looking forward to seeing what all the new free time brings 🙂

  7. November 2, 2015 11:00 pm

    I understand you…I’m a little bit sad, but I think you’re right. I will look forward to your weekly posts…I read them everytime with so much pleasure
    . Have a nice evening 😊!

  8. Laurence permalink
    November 4, 2015 11:23 am

    Good for you, and once a week, how perfect in fact, just enough to be the treat we are waiting for… and leaving us with ideas and lots of visual energy to create or enjoy.

    • November 4, 2015 6:10 pm

      Thanks Laurence, yes there’s such a backlog of blogs to read on my site, they would definitely keep folk busy for a few years to come if they need to : )

  9. Zoe Batesmith permalink
    November 4, 2015 4:32 pm

    Lovely photos…. Monty came home a very happy dog!

    • November 6, 2015 9:36 am

      Aww that’s great to hear Zoe. He’s a real bundle of black, furry excitable dog : )

  10. November 10, 2015 7:52 pm

    Checked out your link to Arley Hall Estate. Have you visited there? Beautiful gardens; there really is something beautiful to see all year round.

  11. November 16, 2015 11:32 am

    Congratulations on your 1000th blog! I have thoroughly enjoyed them all and have found them really inspiring. I look forward to your blog always, it feels a bit like having a friendly art college tutor drawing our attention to all these great artists! It’s a great creative ‘library’. Thank you Fishink!

    • November 16, 2015 3:53 pm

      Aww thank you Fiona. I guess I am that art tutor, or rather that is what I used to do for a while working in some UK Universities : ) Nice to hear I haven’t lost my touch, or (I hope) my friendliness either : )

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