October 6


Printfestin in Ulverston is set to make a return in 2017 and submissions from artists are invited.

The well known festival takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend after the event failing to take place in 2016. It will provide many artists with a more cost effective way to showcase their work and should also have prices which are affordable to the general public.

The last time the festival took place in 2015, over 1500 art lovers attended. And over £50,000 of are was sold.

This is the UK’s biggest print art festival. It started in 2001 and is completely dedicated to the sale and display of contemporary print art. There are great chances to view and buy art and also meet the artists as well as learn about the skill of print making.

The dates for the 2017 event are:

  • Friday April 28th – Private viewing (by invitation)
  • Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th – Public viewing

The deadline for artist applications is Jan 1st, 2017.

Visit printfest.uk to apply and for further details and also bank-holiday.co.uk for updates on bank holiday dates.

October 1

My Parent’s Anniversary

My mother and father just reached there 50th wedding anniversary. My brothers and sisters coordinated a nice celebration for them on this auspicious day. We decided to hold the party for them at a small upper class hall.

We invited all the family members to attend, including my parents surviving brothers and sisters. The party was catered, and my sister and brother greeted guests. I more or less mingled. I was in charge of decorating the hall, which I had completed in the morning.

I also bought a book showing how to make Chinese sky lantern about a month before the event. This book was very informative. I bought the materials needed to make a Chinese sky lantern. After about a week or so, I had created 50 of these. I decided I would have all my relatives and my parents launch them after the party. Each one to signify each year they were together.

I also thought of a great idea numbering each one with each year they had been together, my parents would launch the last one’s. The party was held in a small city, and launching them at the hall seemed a bit risky.


There were a lot of trees and apartments in the area. I figured we could all walk across the street to a park and launch them there. It was a cold brisk walk, but everybody walked and talked, not really noticing the cold at all. I passed the lanterns I made to all the guests, and we all watched as the lanterns in the sky drifted away.

My mother and father were quite moved, they said the lanterns floated away just as the years of their marriage had. I’m married and my anniversary is coming up in March. It will be my 5th year anniversary. I’m going to be buying heart shaped sky lanterns this time after checking the reviews on sites like http://www.bestskylanterns.co.uk. I figure I won’t make them, that way they it will be a surprise on our anniversary.

The heart sky lantern will be a wonderful surprise for my wife. I’m just glad I only have to buy 5 this time. I cannot tell you how many of the relatives commented on how much they liked the sky lanterns, and the symbols each one meant. I am so glad I thought of the sky lanterns, and I am also grateful to all of you that helped me make my parents wedding anniversary a special one.