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It's that time of year again.
Life in Birmingham continues apace and if I'm being honest, I have to confess that it all still feels a bit unreal. Reality came one step closer this week as I sold my Glasgow house after having lived there for nearly 25 years - it would have been 25 years exactly on 1st December 2015.
I sent the last set of keys back on Wednesday and by Friday, the house was no longer mine. In a pleasing turn of events, there were several offers on the house, one of which was more than just an offer of money. Rejecting the absurdly over-inflated offers of scumbag property developers (of whom my estate agent warned me that they fill the contracts with conditions and end up knocking the price right down) , I was delighted to be able to sell it to a woman whom I had last known when she was a girl of no more than about 10 and who lived downstairs from me in the same block.
Now to find a place in Birmingham!
Spent a lot of time in the basement at the School of Jewellery, doing my health-and-safety induction, learning to use one of the big lathes and meeting some of the wonderful people who intermittently work there. This time, it was engine-turning expert John Moorehouse who was in to work on a silversmithing project. As the silversmiths were in, the impressive stake-room was open...
This is just one corner and they go from floor to ceiling!
I particularly liked the re-purposed artificial hip-joint:
Apart from that, I started work on the Halstead Challenge for SNAG this week, making a model of the largest allowable size for the piece:
I've also been doing my background research, which I am hoping will include a meeting with a Punch and Judy Professor.
Also on the bench are some more finds, including these rather lovely glass buttons:
No idea what I'm going to do with these yet.