Monthly Archives: September 2011

Unplanned Magic

Ludlow will not know what has hit it. In a combined pincer style movement Black Bough and Material are hosting concurrent exhibitions under the same title. Kate Gibb will be exhibiting at Black Bough and Marcus Walters will be exhibiting at Material.

Kate and Marcus are friends, we’re friends with Material, it all seems so sensible!

As well as their artworks we are working on a range of items to go alongside the show – tea towels, notebooks, novelty erasers, tins of fudge and pencils with an extended label on the end of it stating ‘I visited Unplanned Magic by Marcus Walters and Kate Gibb at Material and Black Bough in Ludlow’. Some of these products are an untruth, some are not. You’ll have to visit to find out which is which.

The private views are both on Friday October 7th, Marcus Walter’s at Material is from 6-8 and Kate Gibb’s at ours is from 7-9 – so everyone can go to both of them. Please come along. If you can’t make it we’ll be showing the works on our respective websites.



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Elisabeth Luard woz ere

Our book signing on Saturday went well; Elisabeth was charm itself, nipping off to Farmers to purchase some greengages, damsons and hazelnuts to sketch inbetween signings. Needless to say I forgot to photograph her in the act of signing and instead grabbed this while she went to meet Xanthe Clay for coffee – Xanthe also fresh from a signing of her own books.

I baked the almond and cardomom cookies from her book to give out during the signing and a great success they were as well. The task of handing out flyers is made much easier with the option of giving people something (to eat) as well as the flyer. We got her to sign a few extra copies so . . . if you’re ahead of the game with Christmas present buying, or want a copy for yourself, please let us know.

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Dagger Moth Caterpillar


This is either a grey dagger moth caterpillar or a dark dagger moth caterpillar – I’m still not sure and it took quite a lot of web trawling to even get to this decision. . . . and the chickens have probably eaten it anyway.

btw – Some British Moths by Norman Riley; great cover, not so great for identifying catepillars

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Elisabeth Luard – A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

It’s Ludlow Food Festival this weekend . . . cue much trumpeting of food credentials, food miles and, owing to ludicrous Network Rail decision to suspend services to Ludlow over the weekend, increased traffic. Our food festival window is in place (judging takes place tomorrow – cue tears and tantrums) and I’ve had my delivery from Bloomsbury of stock for Elisabeth Luard to sign on Saturday.

I’m planning to bake a couple of things from her book for our delightful customers, including the almond and cardomom cookies pictured below. As per a previous post – if you would like to be the proud owner of a signed copy of this esteemed tome (or give it away to someone you really like) then let us know and we’ll reserve one for you; likewise if you want a dedicated message delicately scribed by the author. I may even dig out a decent pen instead of an end chewed bic.

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Arvo Pärt & Björk

I could listen to Björk talking all day.


Particularly when she starts talking about the “little cricket” at roughly 3:50 in.

Just noticed how many umlauts there are in this post. I love an umlaut.

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