Monday, 14 December 2009

Monday morning blues

So, the power has been off since 5am. The gallery is cold and dark. Tried to ring Angie to save her driving in but she's already left.
Feeling down until this note appeared in my box - cheered me up.

I was one of those who came to the Gallery on Saturday for welcome cup of tea, having travelled from outside Manchester in the morning!
Thanks, Chris again, for the warm hospitality.
Yes, it was lovely to see the shops opening up, including the lingerie shop, which is incredibly up and running in Market Place so soon - so I had a spend. But my conversion from 34B to 32C was reversed! Different make! Yes, I was the one.
And I did quite a bit of my Christmas shopping at the shops at Mitchells- with my presents bearing the proud sticky labels "Bought in Cockermouth"! And some of beautiful Christmas cards in aid of the Cumbria Flood recovery!
On Saturday evening there was a great concert given by Castlegate Singers, a ladies' choir drawn from Cockermouth and the surrounding area, at Christ Church, with a supporting group of a ladies' recorder group called Piping Hot- excellent musicians. The singers normally practice each Wednesday at the United Reformed Church but have a temporary home at Christ Church.
And a friend gave me a run down of the Jazz at the Kirkgate Centre on Saturday lunchtime - again an enjoyable event.
And then Sunday morning - welcome service at Christ Church again, followed by a community meal in the "soup kitchen", i.e. the church rooms where the 24/7 refreshments, including the trolley service, have emerged, and provided such a welcome service to the flood victims and the many workmen over the last weeks.
In the church rooms the children have created a notice, Cockermouth, the town with bounce back ability- the slogan is already on the town website! Apparently the original blue cloth badges are like gold dust- but laminated badges will be soon created.
Thanks for the space on the blog, Chris, and keep up the good work.