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A Day Well Spent in Harrogate
It seems now, that although travelling to Harrogate from Liverpool is a bit of a pain, I am making a yearly pilgrimage there to stock up on my yearly supply of semi-precious gemstones.
It's that time of the year when I get excited about what fabulous new semi-precious gemstones my suppliers have found and shippd back from their far flung travels.
Unfortunately there are not that many good gemstone beads that visit the North West of England, and one of my favourite suppliers, only visits the North twice a year.
So it was that I made my, now seems annual, pilgrim to Harrogate for the Rock n Gem Show.
This time around things didn't seem to stressful, even though it meant an ridicously early start for a Saturday for me, but I wanted to get there early, so that I would have the pick of whats was going tl be on offer.
Tickets brought on the Thursday before, little packed lunched packed, credit card fully charged for the buying of the day, and I am all set
As I exit Harrogate Station, and a little walk to the bus station, I just love this clock, even though it no longer works, and the lamp gives me some ideas w.r.t. bead caps:
30 minutes later I am walking to The Pavillions of Harrogate, of the Great Yorkshire Showground, I just love this heart structure and it kinda sums up my days activities here:
As soon as I entered the Pavillions, and I head straight to my suppliers stall...
In my head I remember I want to get some green, black and orange gemstones, as last year, and usually I am drawn to blue gemstones, so I need to mix things up this year.
I know immediately that this is going to be an expensive visit.
I take my little basket and start in the bargain bucket, and pick up some Kyanite tube beads and a steal of a price, and some blue calcite, a gemstone I have not brought before.
I then move on to the main stand and that's when I do the real damage, my first selection was a string African Blue Opals that was calling me, I have never seen them before and I thought what wonderful earrings they would make.
There where so many gorgeous and wonderful semi-precious gemstones to choose from, so little time, luckily for me I had a shopping list of beads I was after.....
Yep you guessed it, that stayed in my bag, and I just went with my gut, I mean instinct, and picked what caught my eye.
What surprised me the most was a string of purple hematite, mostly as I am not a fan of the gemstone, as everyone has it, as it's a relatively cheap gemstone, but as it stood out from 10 metres away I knew it was meant to be part of my new collection.
After spending an hour on this stall, catching up with fellow buyers I meet last year, and meeting new ones, I handed my basket over to be totted up.
At this point I think it's a good time to check out the other stalls at the show, but I think I had reached saturation point, and needed some substience.
I find the cafe, and order a mocha and a slab of carrot cake, my staple go to snack!
Most of the tables were full, but a spot a table in the corner with 4 seats, but only one occupied, so I approach, and ask if they minded if I took one of the empty chairs, although it came across as a request it was really retorical, as I was going sit there regardless. As as things happen we start chattting, so that was a nice diversion for both of use.
Full of cake, coffee and chocolate, I can now start my second round of checking out what else is available:
But after 3 hours, I had got to saturation point, and with a bag full of gemstone bead goods, I decided to head off back to Harrogate and home.
I will keep you updated with what I make with those fabulous gemsones.