I am home and will be posting about parts of my artful tour of America.
Fast Forward -
4:am Get up and say a sad good bye to Michael and Missoula. (More on that another post)
5:am Get to the airport and pray they will allow me to take The 12 Tribes book on board with me – there was no way I was letting that book out of my sight. Have Michael at-the-ready with a spare bag just in case they don't allow it on the plane.
Sigh of relief - all ok to fly - but had to listen to the security man tell me his adventures in Australia whilst he was stationed there during Vietnam war. Missoula airport is rather small- dont think many Aussies venture there!!!
7:am Fly to Denver
8.30am Arrive Denver.
Rush to gate 23 – no flight leaving here for Philli.
Rush to Departures Board – change of gate.
Go to gate 34 – phew, flight leaving on time. hope my bags make it.
Announcement – flight delayed.
2nd announcement – mechanical trouble.
3rd announcement - Change to gate 31.
4th annoucement – Go eat lunch – not sure if you will get to Philli today.
5th announcement – Trying to get another plane but there’s been an earthquake in Chicago – no United flights leaving from there.
Change gate to 28.
Curse some more.
Feet are sore – running from gate to gate – shlepping the very heavy 12 Tribes!!!
6th announcement – go have some coffee – relax – and move to gate 36. Wait for plane to arrive, we hope.
Watch a car chase in L.A. on CNN while bored out of my brain.
WARNING: - Do not sit or stand next to a man with grey hair, about 6ft 4’ wearing a yellow shirt and grey pants...
If you do wear a gas mask – for he will pass wind every time he gets close!!!
1.30pm Take off shoes
WARNING: - despite my no feet photo's policy on this blog there are a couple I must share here... sorry.
1.33pm stare out the window looking for the said plane to come in.
1.34pm ALERT – man with yellow shirt approaching,
Pull out perfume
– ooops – not allowed liquids - $%^#$@$(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pull shirt over nose and breathe deeply and thank heaven you had a nice long shower in the morning and enough perfume to inhale!
1:40pm Ring Michael and Karen, give her the update.
1.45pm Curse at the 6 hours you could not go junking in Philli.
1.50pm look at the gate, yet again, sigh.
1:51pm Yaah, the plane the plane!!!
2.00pm Board the plane – look ahead to make sure man with yellow shirt is not sitting next to you.
Panic! As you approach seat 9C – can’t see the rows properly but he is there – almost.
Phew he’s in row 8 – but the down draught – Oh My G-d!
Look at row 9.
Realise there is a man sitting in the middle seat.
He is so large that there is no room for me to sit down.
And I mean no room.
There was no room for even one of my legs and I have skinny legs.
Go down about 6 rows-place "The 12 Tribes" in one of the only overhead compartments available.
Then try and walk to the front whilst everyone is cursing me for going the wrong way.
Speak to flight attendant and almost burst into tears over the embarassment I felt.
Flight attendant tells me to go back to gate – I said over my dead body – I am only leaving this plane if you come with me as I had just left "The 12 Tribes" in the overhead.
She comes with me and then aborts the mission.
Another attendant comes running up – hysterical about the man and explains that he should have bought 2 seats. I was actually mortified for him.
They find me another seat.
Arrive Philli and find Leslie (great photographer - who I had only met through my blog) waiting for me... How nice is that!
Off to Karen’s to meet up with my former Italian workshop mates – all staying together at the Cole residence for a few days of shopping, laughing, reminiscing and eating.
Leslie tells me that Michelle Ward , artist extraordinaire, an artist I so admire had just left a comment on my blog that she lives nearby and that J. R. lives in Philli.
Thinking thinking thinking
- JR, JR, JR?????????
OH MY G-D
How to get in touch via phone to get Michelle's (blog mate) phone number.
Karen rings her blog mate, Susannah.
No time for emailing!
10am next morning: Ring Michelle
Put Karen on the phone to organise... whilst I am froliking on her balcony - doing some insane happy dance that I will maybe meet them.
Michelle rings back - the date is set - the next day we are to meet up with some fellow bloggers at Judi's place.
For those who don't know me well - I am a huge fan of Judi's artwork. A fellow sepiaholic!
Sorry Ro! LOL.
Judi is sooooooooo talented and whenever I see her splendid artwork appear in Lynne Perella's books I pour over them for ages.
She is an artist I truly admire and Michelle had read that in a post from Seth's blog - another blogger mate (who I almost got to meet in New York - next trip - for sure!)
10am: take photo with the most amazing friends a girl could have found.
Stop on the way at Home Depot running up and down the aisles looking for Copper flashing - nope not there.
Stop again at Loewes- running up and down the aisles for copper flashing - success.
Arrive at Judi's door.
Karen droves up and tells us that she has been to the house before.
A twilight zone moment, she thought perhaps or
was it my Kismet experiences in life rubbing off one her - she remarked???
Just about the first thing I see in my excitement was this...
Thinking maybe we had arrived at The Campbells Home I looked up and there was Michelle.
And then I met Judi... the ever so gracious and humble Judi.
So 3 cheers to Michelle for organising what became the most wonderful day and the highlight day of my trip.
What more could a girl ask for but to be one amongst so many talented artists who came together via blogs.
We had an awesome lunch, met Judi's lovely husband in their delightful home.
I was so overwhelmed at the hospitality.
The hours we spent together were so memorable but I cannot do it justice here. You just had to be there.
Wandering around Judi's place whilst she showed us her art and magnificent collection of Antique books - I just could not wipe the smile off my face. Michelle was so bubbly and a gracious host to us all too.
I showed everyone present my 12 Tribes book,
feeling extremely humbled to present it after perusing some of the artwork by Judi, Lynne Perella, Michelle to name but a few.
(Note the hand positioning Michelle!)
Then we were honoured to be taken through Bee Shay's magnificent artwork. Wow and I was just at Artfest with Bee but did not get the chance to meet her - I felt very lucky for this day.
So lucky - I recieved a gorgeous gift from Michelle - inside the hand painted paper was a hand painted box - filled with, yes you guessed it...
4 leaf clovers - lucky indeed!
Ahhh yes, here it is right next to the now famous letter of that day...
Yes the letter F
" F "
As only Michelle could say it...
on No wait here she goes again...
" F "
Yes that was it.
Or was it "fantastic".
Yes it was fabulous, a fabulous day had by all.
Then it was off for a quick tour of Philli and on to Frida exhbit.
But thats another story for another day....