|Painting by Francis Nicholson - ' The Father of water-colour painting'|
I start with a painter who was born and painted in North Yorkshire, but who later moved to London, and was much admired by J.W.M.Turner or so it says in the blurb. Our lives are somewhat dominated by 'up there' as I shall now call it. An email came though last evening from someone we had not heard from for a couple of years, C.C. had organised a revival of Nicholson, both in Pickering and elsewhere, if I remember correctly the Pannett Museum in Whitby and had just written another article about Nicholson's association with Stourhead in Wiltshire.......
Also an 'answer' phone call from another agent yesterday evening, which has not been replied to, about High Street Farm, which no doubt is being offered at a better price to us, but they are too late we are too far gone with the Normanby transaction.
One of the things LS says, gosh the people are so friendly 'up there', he has long telephone conversations on various subjects. Yesterday it was about the drainage system, and lo and behold, the manager of the company who makes them lives in the village, and will just check it for us this morning! That is not counting the lady in the church yard also, who has three relatives in the village, two of which are carpenters and the third a plumber.
We need bedroom furniture for the new house, this house has fitted cupboards and wardrobes throughout the bedrooms, so there is nothing to take in that department except the beds and desks. We will need a carpenter to build in some fitted stuff. There is also fencing and gates for the front to be thought about as well.
I have been hesitant about the move, still expecting something to happen that will stop it, the surveyor for this house comes tomorrow and then that is the end and the formalised legal stuff takes over.
And just to add to this spring like world, the hedgehogs are out from under the shed, the butterflies who hibernated in the garage are out as well, and there are bees in the garden....