Tomorrow morning, Spring Fling 2011 Open Studio event begins.
10,000 little things have needed sorting, fixing, abandoning, replacing and inventing new ways of dealing with, in order to have any chance of coping with the hundreds of people expected to come through the doors over the next 3 days.
I've just deleted a 2,000 word rant about Hewlett Packard, because once I read it back I thought it was just too depressing. Let's just say I will never, ever, ever, ever again buy an HP Printer.
So, as well as me doing my photography, Maggie has her studio open over in the neighbouring town of Kirkcudbright.
Tomorrow is also Castle Douglas Food Town Day, and in order to raise money for his ticket to the "T in the Park" festival, Rogan has restarted his home-baking business. Having finished his final Standard Grade exam yesterday lunchtime, he's been non-stop baking since. The house is now overflowing with cupcakes, scones and cookies, none of which are we allowed to touch.
We are all stressed out and exhausted, and the long weekend hasn't even started yet.
Underneath all the fear and anxiety, however, is also excitement. The chance to photograph scores of different faces, meet lots of people and raise the profile of my photography, is a wonderful opportunity. And once the weekend is complete, I'm really looking forward to seeing what my studio will look like with the walls plastered with all these different faces.
If you are in the area on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, then do call in and get your photo taken, or visit Maggie and see some new artworks never before shown, kept back specially for the Spring Fling Weekend. And if you're near Castle Douglas on Saturday morning, then go and get yourself a melt-in-the-mouth home-baking delight from Rogan's stall on the (closed off) main street.
Websites to visit:
Spring Fling - www.spring-fling.co.uk
My site - www.kimayres.co.uk
Maggie's site - www.maggieayres.co.uk