Spring Fling is an annual open studio event across SW Scotland, where artists and craftspeople give access to the public to come and see the work they do in the place they create it.
It lasts from Saturday 24th May until Monday 26th and each year it grows bigger and the selection process becomes more rigorous.
The event is widely publicised and can result in many hundreds of people visiting each studio over the weekend. It’s a great chance for the public to meet and buy from the artists directly, and have a nose about the workplaces of creative people.
This year Maggie has been accepted into it, so the past few weeks have been spent planning, coordinating, shifting furniture and generally panicking a great deal.
As if this wasn’t taking up every last waking moment, coincidentally the annual Castle Douglas Food Town Day is happening on Saturday too. The main street is closed off and there are various stalls and food events taking part around the town.
This, of course, has proved to be too good an opportunity to miss for Rogan’s fledgling Cakes business, so he will be out, setting up a table and selling slices of cakes, various biscuits and assorted scones (all home baked), and handing out leaflets to anyone who strolls too close.
Rarely has the Ayres household been so full of excitement, panic, activity and exhaustion all at the same time.
I’m about to head off for my afternoon nap, but I will leave you with the video we created for Maggie’s YouTube page and Newsletter subscribers about Spring Fling.