Thursday, 2 April 2009

Black Sheep Ahoy !!!

This years 'Great Day Out' with Sheila and Chris from the Leven Arts Society took us into the Yorkshire Dales to visit the Black Sheep Brewery in the lovely market town of Masham ( pronounced Massam !)

From 1992 when Paul Theakston started the brewery Black Sheep ale can now be enjoyed all over the country.

But there is nothing like having a pint ( or two ) of 'Rigwelter' straight from the cask with its crystal clear body and lovely tight, creamy head ! What a delight, they certainly know how to pull a delicious pint 'up North' !

The pic shows our 'taster' tipples and my 'pint' of Rigwelter... couldn't wait !

Got a 'sparkler' from the main man himself so will try and get a pint with a decent head 'down south' but I'm not holding my breath !

Watch this space !

Thanks Leven Arts !

Have just got back from my trip 'Up North' to the Leven Arts society and as usual it was a fantastic few days. Many old faces, and a few new ones, were there to join me on a fun few days of watercolour exploration.

Earlier on in the week I did a demo for the Guisborough Arts of my old favourite 'Rosemary Topping' ( yes the spelling is intentional ! ) and got them fired up for their afternoon painting session.

The venue for our painting days was at the village hall of Ingleby Greenhough at the foot of the scarp of the North York Moors. Last years sessions ended with a terriffic snowfall so we hightailed it up on the Moors to catch some great snow scenes...and wasn't dissapointed !

This year was totally different...our last day was wall to wall sunshine so we were able to get out and do some en plein air sketching which was a real bonus !

We also got to grips with some mixed media , watercolour and pastel , and the results were really watch out next year !

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