Where do I start?
A quiet relaxing Saturday morning getting in the mood and preparing for the wedding party of two wonderful people in the evening, plus a meet up for a quick Birthday drink with Jane, my London Historian pal in Camden. Not a good idea you think? Well it turned out to be the perfect night out ever!
Arrived in Camden Road in bright sunshine so Jane and I sat ourside the Grand Union, I was immediately taken with the cocktails on the blackboard at £5 each, so ordered a Mojito which was prepared right in front of me, and was delicious. Whilst supping and chatting, a chap left a card on the table and invited us to a gallery view across the road. 'Are there drinks available?' I asked cheekily, 'Yes most certainly' he replied. Well that settled it. I was feeling I should get down the road to the Wedding but Jane intimated the view would not take long. WRONG!
The pavement outside the Camden Image Gallery was buzzing with gorgeous young things, supping, chatting and laughing. We were dazzled immediately we entered the Gallery, this was going to be SOOOO good.
I was very taken with the work of Kassia Niemczynska - extraordinary penmanship and eclectic subject matter, as Kassia is an illustrator that would not be unusual. The 'Guardian's' drawing was particularly powerful, a small girl-child 'embraced' by her guardians made me think of those scary german fairy tales, or stories of magic with your other self taking the form of an animal/familiar of the forest or the air. Impressive and her web site is here, http://nkassia.com/.
Next work to amaze and distract was by Billy Valencia, an architect, so no surprise there, that he is good at detail, and how! Erotic doodles that make you examine his work in way that might be considered inappropriate, but it is art after all and it should be inspected closely! His nimble fingers are bewitched by the Indian Goddess Gaia, the lady of the many breasts, methinks!
The paintings by Brian Hollingsworth are big, bold and colourful, and give a powerful punch, just check out the titles! After the minute detail offered by Billy, they are a welcome feast to the eye. This is a most talented individual, check out the link!
The exhibition is open until 23rd August, the last night is also a 'meet the artist' event. 12-5pm.
I had to leave, reluctantly. I had a wedding to go to! Left Jane with her Rose wine and wended my way to the reception being held at The London Irish Centre in Camden Square, a splendid venue. I was just in time to see the happy couple dancing Swing, having just completed their wedding Tango. Several familiar faces from the tango scene were there as well as special friends.
The couple who are both expert dancers of both styles went out of their way to ensure all the dancers were able to get on the dancefloor. Plus some standard wedding favourites, you guessed, Abba! Managed to persuade a friend to get up and swing/jive with me, we just followed the music and 'swung' our way around, so addictive we did not want to stop. I have made up my mind that I am definitely going to try this style of dance, it is such a 'happy' unrestrained kind of movement compared with the wonderful but somehow upright and 'static' embrace of Tango.
Got a lift home to South London, driving across London we put the world to rights and I dropped into bed with my sore feet, feeling giddy with my mixture of Mojitos and Champagne so very happy, very happy indeed.
An evening of new friends, old friends, art and talent and dancing at a celebration of love between two wonderful people.
Scroll right down to the end of this link and you will see the happy couple, Loretta and Onel - beautiful people.
SUNDAY at Morden Hall Park
|Stable Yard - Cafe, Second Hand Books & Exhibition Area|
Woke with a fuzzy head but ready for my History Walks at Morden Hall Park, one part of me was wondering if I was going to remember anything!
Arrived at the Hall without my glasses or my National Trust Badge, so far not good. One I could not swot up me notes, nor did I have i.d. Nevermind the bag and walkie talkie I have to carry around are both big enough to give me credentials!
|Wander the Wandle River|
Again there were just us so I could offer all sorts of tips and ideas, the walk on the 23rd includes prayer and music, so I showed Juliet some out of the way areas where the group would be able to pray or sing a hymn. A fascinating afternoon and the kind of work I like, sharing the history of this lovely park as well as facilitating an event.
Spent the rest of Sunday chillaxing and reading, feeling good about life, the world, the universe and everything.
|Outdoor Theatre in the Rose Garden - check events|