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A Walk to Whet the Appetite

Hop to it! It's time for the second Art Plumstead Treasure Hunt!

Hop to it! It’s time for the second Art Plumstead Treasure Hunt!

The weather forecast was completely accurate for the second Art Plumstead Easter Treasure Hunt – rain, rain, followed by more rain. Even so, there were an intrepid few who made the effort to turn up at the starting point (The Old Mill) and set off through the back streets of Plumstead on a circuitous route which gradually ascended Shooters Hill to finish at journey’s end (The Bull). A map with numbered points of interest, issued to everyone who came to pit their wits against the clues, helped us to divine the correct way to go.

Wet. wet, wet

Wet. wet, wet. Time to reflect on the distance covered and be grateful for being inside at last

The rain was unrelenting, but it was still possible to appreciate the views offered on the way, while solving the clues devised by Karen. There were also a number of picture clues to look out for while walking along. These were in no particular order, so it was a case of keeping an eye out – and using a bit of intuition.

Alison and John share the 'Womble' prize, for gathering the most posters en route.

Alison and John share the ‘Womble’ prize, for gathering the most posters en route, thus looking after the environment whilst having fun.

Eventually we all made it to the sanctuary of the front bar at The Bull, where the bedraggled papers were marked by Karen and prizes distributed accordingly. It is not about the numbers, but the quality of the experience, and thanks to the meticulous attention to detail that Karen had put in beforehand, everyone who made the effort thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, in spite of the rain and saw parts of Plumstead they had never seen before. Maybe it would have been nice to see a few more faces on the day, but then we wouldn’t have all been awarded a prize and there was another consolation. It was downhill going home!

It wasn't all about the glory, there was plenty of chocolate as well

It wasn’t all about the glory, there was plenty of chocolate as well. This is only part of the stash.

Typical Weather for the Make Merry 2013

Rose and Roy preparing for rain

Rose and Roy preparing for rain

The forecast had suggested there would be ‘intermittent showers’ on the day of the Make Merry. That was an understatement, or rather, a lie. Luckily, we had a gazebo and blankets to cover the goods when the heavens opened, and thanks to mobile phones and local contacts, we were able to rustle up additional tent pegs when it soon became clear, within minutes of setting up the gazebo, that without them it would become airborne. Even so, Roy and John spent a good deal of time holding onto the canopy, just in case.

John sees the funny side of it, while Erik looks out at the scene of desolation

John sees the funny side of it, while Erik looks out at the scene of desolation

The first big downpour came at about lunchtime, just after Rose had erected a beach shelter to tempt the punters to buy it. Instead, it became an additional refuge with the rain lashing down. Once the rain cleared after about twenty minutes, everyone stopped huddling morosely under the nearest gazebo and continued going from stall to stall. Immediately the atmosphere changed, as everyone started chirruping. Attendance was pretty good, in spite of the rain. We had a variety of hand-made items for sale, as well as plants, books, DVDs, CDs and selected ‘objets d’art’. Maggie had run up some bunting from samples of American cloth, and our logo was prominently displayed on laminated boards. To keep the troops going, some wise APs had brought food and hot coffee.

The novelty has now worn off!

The novelty has now worn off!

We also ran a free ‘Urban Sketchers’ style event, inviting visitors to the stall to have a go at capturing anything that caught their fancy on an A5 card and bringing it back by 4pm, before it was taken down the hill to be judged by Tim Cousins, a local artist exhibiting this year as part of Greenwich Open Studios. Both Erik and Karen were placed in the top 4. And we did raise a bit of profit. So, in spite of the rain, and the gusty wind, it was a good, albeit wet time had by all.

Nicky proudly displays her winning sketch, certificate and print of The Slade

Nicky proudly displays her winning sketch, certificate and print of The Slade