Friday, 31 August 2012

Happy blue moon!

Happy blue moon! Today's full moon is the second in a calender month and many refer to it as a blue one. Apparently a blue moon's original definition was the third moon where there were four occurring in an agricultural season (which is three months). 65 years ago a magazine erroneously said it was where there were two in a month and even though it printed a retraction it stuck! The next blue moon by the old definition will be on 21 August 2013 - I'll have another celebration then I think, just to be sure I'm not offending anyone! (Any excuse!!)

The above print is one that I have purchased from Elizabeth Chambers' Etsy shop. Isn't it gorgeous?! Geoff has been busy buying artwork from several different British artists for the gallery but I'm keeping this one myself. I'm sure he'll frame it for me if I ask nicely! Elizabeth's work is beautiful and if the quality of the print is OK (I'm sure it will be), then it could well be that galleryRAUXA will be buying more from her.

Speaking of which, everything is going ahead but we're a week behind schedule. Our lawyer is on a fixed fee and apparently he thinks this means he doesn't have to do any work on it until we chase him. We instructed him and he wrote to the other side's lawyer for a draft lease and then we heard nothing for weeks. The Landlord was really slow in getting back to the Letting Agent after we put our offer in so we just assumed they were being just as slow on the legals but when we rang our lawyer to ask if everything was going ahead he said "Oh yes, the lease is here, I'll send it to you". How long had it been hanging around on his desk ... we have no idea! Then he went on holiday for a week.

We saw him exactly two weeks ago. We sent him our notes and queries in advance of the meeting. When we got there, he hadn't read them. We stated at that meeting that we wanted to get in on Monday 3 September and we were getting anxious as we had tradesman booked to do the fit out. He seemed to think if he got his letter off to the other side early the next week it would be tight but doable. But he didn't send it til the following Friday (after we rang to see what was happening). We got a reply from the other side yesterday. They are agreeable to all our amendments to the lease except for a couple of points that we're happy to let go.

We've e-mailed him yesterday with a couple of queries and stressing the urgency. No reply yet, I know Fridays are busy for property-oriented lawyers with completions and so it doesn't look like it's going to happen on Monday. We really need to be in by the following Monday as we've re-arranged our electrician and joiner (and the follow up decorator). I wouldn't like to have to mess our tradesmen around by re-arranging again. Oh well, I suppose it's always the way when dealing with solicitors. So far, this has been by far the most stressful bit! We are going to have to be very assertive next week and talk to him every day to keep on top of him, if you leave him to it, he just does nothing.

We've got our corporate identity fixed with a new logo designed by the very talented Rick of Richard F Illustration who I worked with for many years back in the days when I had a proper job! He's now in business for himself too.

Rauxa is a Catalan word for "Creative Chaos" and we wanted something that reflected that as well as being friendly and approachable - we don't want the type of gallery that people are intimidated to walk into. The domain name is reserved for our new picture framing gallery and an outline of the website has been uploaded.

We saw the printers yesterday, artwork on our stationery should be back in proof form next Tuesday - we're going ahead with a small print run to begin with as we can't get a telephone number til we move in, there's no way of reserving one in advance apparently (Geoff's mobile will have to do).

We still need to sort out insurances and arrange for window display and sign writing.

We also still need a counter and low level display units. The low level units won't be ordered til we've moved in as we want them delivering directly to the premises - I can't get any more cluttered up here with stuff! It's all over the place! The counter will be an Ebay job I think and probably after we get the keys, that way it will only need moving once.

We still need loads of stock too ... Geoff and I have been visiting lots of artists and it's been lovely to see them, we just started taking delivery of our orders. This cheeky chappy is the first original watercolour we've framed for galleryRAUXA. Painted by Alison Fennell of "Eastwitching", we have another of her originals and some brilliant prints of her wonderful wildlife waiting to be framed.

We're going to Cambridge's Art & Craft market tomorrow but I won't be having a stall - I don't have to get up at 5.45am to get there in time to be all set up ... that is going to be weird. We're picking up boxes of stock from various artists which we ordered a while ago - it might be an expensive day! It will make a change to be buying instead of selling!

Enjoy the blue moon and have a good weekend everyone!


  1. Sounds like a nightmare - I hate having to rely on someone else who doesn't feel the urgency. Hope you get it all done and dusted soon - good luck, it's all very exciting!

  2. Sorry about all the hassles with solicitors sue. my boss would never have sat on it so long!
    absolutely loving the logo and the meaning of it. I think your business will be such a success. wish you both the best of luck.....You sure deserve it! will pop along soon for a viewing xxx

  3. Thanks Sue for this sweet post and for including my Blue Tit which Geoff has done a sterling job of framing! Alison


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