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April 18, 2012

I spent the day in Taunton stewarding at the South West Society of Botanical Artist’s exhibition which is being held in the library. The weather was atrocious  – I battled through wind and rain – lots of both – on my way from the train station to the library and I was quite glad to be inside. Lots of other people were taking refuge from the weather too it seemed and at times it was quite busy.  The library didn’t close until 7pm so it was quite a long day – especially when you have to be smiley and chatty – but it was lovely to be able to look at the paintings and talk about them too. There are some fantastic pieces of work in the exhibition this year – some lovely blowsy irises, some delicate fungi and succulents as well as the more traditional flower studies. Lots of visitors were very enthusiastic. I was particularly keen on the couple who are thinking of buying  my hornbeam picture. I hope they do.

Before I left this morning I made  a sandwich for my lunch. I hadn’t realised that the library has a small cafe, which is staffed by learning disabled students, right next to the exhibition space. Pop in if you’re in Taunton.

The sounds and smells of coffee and tea making eventually weakened my resolve not to spend money on food and I ordered a cup of coffee and some cake to supplement my sandwich (brie and mixed leaf salad with chilli jelly in a baguette roll elegantly served on a piece of kitchen towel).

I should have taken photo of it all together, but I was too hungry.

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