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Awe and Wonder!

By on Mar 25, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

What a beautiful day! Spring arrived with a sprinkle of vibrant yellow in our garden this week and the sunshine has revealed gilded branches everywhere! After a working morning and a delicious home-cooked brunch, I couldn’t wait to get out in the bright early afternoon light and enjoy the warmth on my bare head.    There has been a fair bit of activity inside too! The tuition world is rapidly reaching it’s crescendo as the summer exams get closer and preparations for this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala are well underway.    Although I am taking a back seat this year I am still very much involved and have been talking to the ‘Bee Creatives’ about how they would like to contribute to the event too, as most of the workshops we do have a recycled theme. I have also offered to take responsibility for the publicity too and, with a LOT of...

Adapting to Change

By on Mar 18, 2018 in environment, news | 2 comments

Well now, lets’s get the really important news out of the way first… WE HAVE A NEW HOME! We feel so lucky to have found somewhere so quickly that was both affordable and fit ALL of our requirements, I like to think that all the good we have been trying to put out over the years is coming right back at us. Whatever, it’s amazing news just the same, and such a relief! We will really miss living out our retro lifestyle in this fabulous 1970s house but I can already sense that we are going to be equally happy in our new home. It’s a smaller house, and was built in the 1930s, so although we are not going to get rid of all our 1970s pieces, we know we need to make the move a bit less arduous than it is already going to be given that we have a whole workshop to relocate.   And that dear readers, was the deal-breaker on this house. Pushed right to the top of our...

Recycled Goodness!

By on Mar 11, 2018 in bee creative, community, environment | 0 comments

Another week of sorting and packing and we are still no closer to finding a new home, I am sure it is out there somewhere though! The vintage rail is looking pretty full though and there is a definite pile of other retro goodies for people to pore over as they pay a visit to the Vintage Bazaar next Sunday. I am really looking forward to it actually!   Another positive at the moment is the regular Monday night Bee Creative Community Workshop sessions. Team teaching with Kay has been brilliant, but also the group themselves are proving to be such a fantastic bunch of people that it never feels like a chore after a long day at work.    The sessions have been very well attended all through winter and as well as the enthusiastic buzz they all bring with them, more often than not there is also someone that brings a sweet treat to share. Some sessions stand out more than others...

Vintage Forever!

By on Mar 4, 2018 in news | 1 comment

I took a welcome break this weekend. Something that was planned a while ago as a way of commemorating a place special to me and a dear friend, and of course to celebrate my birthday!   It was great to head out of Notts for a couple of days and immerse myself in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. I love the shops, the eateries and the late bars but most of all I really get a buzz from retreading the steps of my youth and prompting memories from a distant past.   Nostalgia, there is is again. Manchester has changed so much since I left in the latter part of the nineties but the energy is just the same. And some of the old institutions like Night and Day Cafe are still serving up a menu of great food,a wide selection of drinks and operating as a venue for local bands. The whole of Oldham Street is now a haven for vintage shoppers, so I had no trouble at all spending my birthday...