I'm off to four days of textile talk fest in the city of Napier, leaving Ben home alone on a long weekend; I forgot this was a long weekend when I booked ages ago so I'm staying an extra day, but I'll live, and he'll have a relaxing weekend without being asked nicely to do this or fetch that, "because I can't reach it."
The city of Napier was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931 and was rapidly rebuilt afterwards, so a large part of the city was created in the style of the day, Art Deco. We visited Napier during the Art Deco Festival in 1996 which was like a time slip. It would be interesting for me to revisit when there are fewer Model T's and women in flapper costumes.
The venue is the Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery, where quite a few interesting symposia and conferences regarding the direction of art and craft have been held in recent times.
To be honest, I am feeling plenty anxious about being away two weekends in a row, when we can least afford it, and leaving Ben alone at home on a long weekend when traditionally everybody works in the garden. So far I haven't been thrilled in the way I normally am before I head off to the Symposium, but it is a special time and I see that the Gallery has planned special events to coincide with the Symposium, so I'm sure once I get there I'll have a fabulous time.
Have a good weekend, everybody.