Mys­tery tour

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

A mys­tery out­ing kept the ladies of Haugh of Urr Ru­ral guess­ing while they waited pa­tiently for res­i­dent El­iz­a­beth Smith to ar­rive.

Leav­ing the hall with driv­ers ap­pointed and in­formed, the ladies were driven away to a se­cret des­ti­na­tion. A short drive on a beau­ti­ful evening led to­wards the coast and Barn­bar­roch Pot­tery.

Twenty ladies squeezed in to the work­shop and were wel­comed by Chris­tine Smith.

Chris­tine has been in the busi­ness for many years and has a very dif­fer­ent style of pot­tery from most.

She showed how she achieved the spe­cial ef­fects on some of the in­di­vid­ual pieces demon­strat­ing the equip­ment used and she talked about colours, fir­ing, draw­ing pat­terns and fin­ished by “throw­ing”a num­ber of dif­fer­ent items in­clud­ing a chicken.

While mugs will al­ways be in de­mand she talked about some of the com­mis­sions un­der­taken.

Ev­ery­one laughed at the pot­tery pic­ture show­ing some long bearded men which re­vealed bare bot­toms on the other side – a com­plete sur­prise!

El­iz­a­beth thanked Chris­tine for giv­ing up her time and for her ex­cel­lent demonstrat­ion.

Time was of the essence; mem­bers were ex­pected at an­other “se­cret”venue. Af­ter a quick look round the shop it was off in the cars again, not far, to The Mariner at Kipp­ford where sand­wiches and a sweet awaited.

El­iz­a­beth con­ducted a lit­tle busi­ness – Haugh of Urr Fete would be on Au­gust 21 and bak­ing com­pe­ti­tions were dis­cussed.

Crock­et­ford Ru­ral in­vite mem­bers to their open night on Mon­day, Septem­ber 12. Liz Green gave a vote of thanks to the pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary May­belle Coltart for or­gan­is­ing the mys­tery out­ing.

Af­ter the sum­mer break the next meet­ing will be Septem­ber 21 at 7.30pm in Ur­rVil­lage Hall.

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