April 22nd, 2009

surprise mini break!

I haven't been posting morning sketches because, for the first time ever, Stuart took me off on a surprise holiday! We did lots of hiking in the Sussex countryside, drank ale and soaked up three days' unbroken sunshine. I didn't even manage to do a single sketch, we just tramped around the hills, munched wild garlic and looked at stuff, while the birds went absolutely mental and the lambs did flips in the grass.

We stayed in the village of Alfriston, in the Cuckmere Valley, which turned out to have one of the best indie bookshops I've seen, Much Ado Books. They had a great range of high-quality small press books, many by Hand & Eye letterpress, including albums of work by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Chris Brown (one of my lecturers at art college). I spotted Woodrow's book, Rumble Strip and about a zillion things I wanted to buy. I got it down to a few books, including one called Fattypuffs and Thinifers, a giggle-inducing text written in 1930 by André Maurois with hilarious illustrations by Fritz Wegner.

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