I seem to be spending a lot of time in the pub these days. If it's not the quiz, which incidentally we lost on the tie break this month, it's the meat draw. There's always something going on. Over this weekend the Queen's Arms has been having a fundraising weekend for the Golden Vanity Trust to take away disadvantaged kids on a sailing holiday on a Brixham trawler. The highlight of the weekend is the art auction. I've been doing my bit by displaying a poster advertising the event in my window. What's more I framed up one of my octopus prints and donated it to be raffled.
Louis came with me. I gave him a budget of a tenner to bid with and he came home with a lovely photograph of the harbour which he won for £11. Another punter around the other side of the bar took pity and stumped up the extra pound. I'd seen a few pictures that I liked the look of but was outbid on them all. You have to be strict with yourself at auction and set a price. You can't get carried away!
My friend Sam the Beard's painting in the style of a `1930's railway poster was one of the items that stole the show. People came especially to try and win it and it went for over £100. My octopus? Well it raised £24, over the double the cost of the frame so I was happy. Not bad for a print made out of a polystyrene pizza plate.
It seemed that I was going to come away empty handed but then my fortune changed. I won this. An intricate slate sculpture of a fishing harbour. It's like a mosaic in 3D. I'm thrilled to bits!