Looking back over my October blog I can see how busy I was. Did that change in November? You tell me.
Saturday, 4th November, saw me set up at the Christmas fair in Maidstone, at a hotel that used to be The Hilton. It was a huge event with all the ground floor rooms full of creative folk.
Not content with working all day Saturday, on Sunday 5th November I attended a second event the day after at Tonbridge Boys school. What a beautiful place. The historical buildings were breath-taking, and I felt honoured to sit within walls in a room that is used as the OBS (Old Boys school) Art Gallery.
The exhibition Karl Blossfeldt: Art Forms in Nature was on display. The exhibition features an original portfolio of 40 photogravures from 1932, which were edited by the artist and published in the year of his death.
Blossfeldt (1865-1932) is regarded as one of the defining photographers of the 20th century for his exceptional contribution to the art through his intricate botanical photographs.
During his career, which spanned over three decades and included some 6,000 photographs, Blossfeldt developed homemade cameras and lenses which enabled him to magnify his subjects by up to 30 times.
In doing so, he captured the microcosmic aesthetic of his specimens and revealed the underlying structures of nature, which until then remained unexplored. His photographs also became highly celebrated amongst early modernists and surrealists during the late 1920s.
Thursday 9th November saw me at the Ramsgate Recorder newspaper evening launch of their Winter edition. I had cheekily decided to enter their writing competition which I discovered in their Autumn paper. It stated the winning entries would be contacted to be advised of their success. After receiving no communication, a part of me wanted to read who did win.
Imagine my surprise to read my piece Dame Janet, within its pages. It appears I was successful after all. Its funny because the same thing happened when I won the Faversham Eye competition with Life After Covid. in 2020. Again, I wasn’t contacted, and there was a small amount of prize money. Resigned, I drove to Faversham to purchase a copy of the newspaper to see who had won. Opening the copy in the nearby café I discovered I'd won. Even if they did spell my name wrong. You can read Life After Covid on Kindle for 77p. LIFE AFTER COVID eBook : Salter, Carol M.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
Monday 13th November, saw me in a bit of a spin. Picking up my post Monday evening I was surprised to see an envelope marked Buckingham Palace. Inside, a letter from Kensington Palace, written I assume by a member of staff, thanking me for my gift of three copies of Chicken Wizard for George, Charlotte, and Louis. Frankly, I was humbled. Hoping, but never expecting any response for my offering earlier in the year.
Tuesday 14th November saw me giving my second talk at a WI Club. This time in Sandwich at the Guildhall. The ladies were very welcoming and the tea and cake awesome.
Saturday 18th November saw me at the Angels 4 Dogs Christmas Fair at Birchington.
Situated in the heart of Thanet, Kent, Angels4Dogs is a group of compassionate individuals who came together in 2011 with a shared mission: to save, rescue, and rehome stray and unwanted dogs. What began as a small, dedicated team of animal lovers has blossomed into a beacon of hope and transformation for countless canine lives.
Angels 4 Dogs journey began a decade ago, fuelled by the unwavering belief that every dog deserves a chance at a loving forever home. They recognized the heart-breaking reality that stray and unwanted dogs often face—abandonment, neglect, and a life of uncertainty. It was this recognition that ignited a spark of compassion, and that spark soon blazed into a full-fledged commitment to making a difference. Feel free to follow the link and make a donation, or consider adopting a dog. Angels 4 Dogs: Rescuing, Fostering & Rehoming in Kent, UK
Saturday 25th November saw me covering, not one, but two events on the same day. Fortunately, the first was for the Pop-up Bookshop at Pierremont park, Broadstairs. Chris Horn a fellow author has taken it upon himself to run individual pop-up events throughout Broadstairs. Selling his own, and that of other local authors. On this occasion he collected my books, because I was also booked in another fair in Faversham, at the Alexander Centre.
I’m please to say I’ve finished line editing my clients book, and also Inspiration Writers Group next publication, Indigo.
This leaves me free over December to finally get back to my own work, along with two more fairs.
I always appreciate a thumbs up if you enjoyed the read. It lets me know I’m not writing into the ether. Bye for now. Carol