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We spent a super week ‘oop north’. The first weekend was in Lutterworth at the BADFA Convention and AGM.

New England

Bill Maynard turned up and judged the painted bra competition, then auctioned off the winning bras to the gathered throng. More than £60 was raised for breast cancer charities – well done, painters!


The AGM was held in the salubrious surroundings of The Greyhound, in the town centre. The meal afterwards was super. More than 20 of us were fed with the correct choices, all hot and at the same time – so I can recommend it.


I met loads of BADFA members, all I’ve got to do now, is remember the names to go with their faces. Watch this space (… er blog) for details of what some of them are up to.

On Monday we broke camp and carried on northwards from Leicestershire in to Derbyshire, to the shores of Carsington Water. The site is set among tall pine trees that sighed as the light wind filtered through. At night the clear skies allowed the near-full moon to flood the site with a silvery glow. They allowed the temperature to drop, too. There were a couple of chilly nights.

RibbonsWe spent Wednesday at workshop learning to use Alcohol Inks from Ranger products. These are particularly good on metal and can be used on any other non-porous surface. Interesting – so experimentation necessary.

On Thursday we went to Derwent Water, the reservoir where the Dam Busters trained for the raids on the Dams in the Ruhr Valley during WW2, so that Julie could complete her collection of seasonal photos.

Still, that was last week. The holiday is over and it’s back to work tomorrow. Enjoy our (Julie joined in, too) decorated bras – I’ll publish more from other contributors as I get hold of them.