Friday, July 10, 2009

every day, once a day, give yourself a present

Bowl of chips and malt vinegar, Vanilla Kitchen, Tideswell.

I love Tideswell village. Recently I've been making the trip at least once a week to do some drawing. I love drawing so much. I want to keep learning. I want to learn how to draw buildings and landscapes. And, for me, there's no better place than Tideswell. It's a gorgeous village. Hopefully, one day soon, I'll show you some of the drawings I have made there. Drawings, that is, of the views, rather than the things I am comfortable drawing. Like chips.

Wooden Owl, charity shop, Tideswell.
My buddy Tim and I spent the most perfect day there recently. Apart from a gorgeous meal at Vanilla Kitchen (which is one of the best places to eat in the whole of the Peaks) the whole town was gearing up for Wakes week so there was all sorts of stuff going on. And, my favourite little charity shop was open. It's very rare to find it open. I've blogged about it before, and if you don't have much of a life you might want to read about it HERE.
I got this little wooden owl, a tiny padlock and 6 used German stamps for just 50p. Bargain. Actually, Tim treated me to them, as a birthday gift.
To be fair, he did also treat me to Neil Young tickets, a bed settee in a Travelodge and dinner at Ikea. He sure knows how to treat a lady. Thanks, chuck. This note's for you.

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Blogger The Gypsy said...

I want to eat the chips.
Waiting to see more :-)

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Sarita said...

They look good enough to eat...;) Love that table cloth too! Isn't it the best thing ever when you find the perfect tea shop? The one that just makes you feel all warm and cozy thinking about it? I know I love mine and visit as often as I can, and think about it when I can't. Great old wood tables full of nicks and glorious patina, perfect for people watching and drawing...and the tea is Always just perfect..sigh. Might have to take a run to town...;)

8:02 PM  
Blogger no way said...

As always, love it. The color/pattern in the chips (or fries, if you're American!) and tablecloth work so well together.

Happy belated birthday, too. Sounds like you have a great friend!

8:44 PM  
Blogger Carolina said...

This is more than a sketch, this is a whole painting, and I love it!
Best regards,

9:12 PM  
Blogger A Brush with Color said...

just beautiful, Andrea. You never cease to amaze me.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

Sounds like a magical place and I can hardly wait to see some drawings of the buildings, etc. I don't have much of a life, because I went back and read about your other trip, too--hehe! :)

12:48 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

looks delicious! :)
GOod thing that I am hungry now too, so I am gonna cook some food. Nice drawing!

9:25 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks, guys and dolls.

Sarita, absolutely! Nothing better than a good tea room and I think I've tried out most of them in the Peak District.

Cheers, guys.

10:37 PM  
Blogger mrana said...

ok. those chips are amazing. owl too. off to bash head against wall now ...

7:51 AM  
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