First of all, two weeks ago, Lady Mary, or rather, the Sun Monument, at Wentworth Castle Gardens, got follified. My lovely friend Rachel once more volunteered her van for transport, and Lady Mary spent a couple of nights at Wentworth in waiting.
Well, we had time, and it felt like a bit of a cop-out, making over 6,000 beads, pinning them to the board, making the frame, painting it, hauling it up to the monument.....and then falling short at the last hurdle?
Pete fetched the ladder while Nigel and I sorted out the rigging (eyelets and steel cables re-used from Rapunzel). Once Pete returned, we discovered two things.
B) It was considerably more difficult to hug the picture, lift it an inch, and push with knees simultaneously to gradually get it raised.
Even now, more than two weeks later, do I have the remains of hand-sized bruises from resting the hard edges on my thighs, and from wedging my thighs under the rungs of the ladder to stay up there. Pete held on to the steel cables for dear life, to ensure I wouldn't get smashed off the ladder if I slipped and let the picture go.
Pete had put up an event shelter for us to - well, shelter - under, and here, I put out my table and Lady Mary-inspired beads, and visitors had a chance to make a knotted bracelet.
It was a fairly chilly day, so I am grateful to everybody who braved the wind and came up the hill from the comforts of the cafe and craft fair that was going on in the main building!
Plans are now going ahead for the Rotunda, which is the next Wentworth Castle folly to be follified. In-between, though, I had better work on the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster!!