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Here’s an insight to just one of the many things I get up to when I tell my customers & friends that I’m meeting the WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) ladies! The above photo was taken a few weeks ago when we met up and walked to Dovedale Stepping Stones. We were replicating (or attempting to anyway) the painting which features on the photo below. The painting was created in June at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam which is where one of our lovely members and inspiring Artist Sue Prince lives. Sue taught us how to¬†use egg tempera paints, in a Swedish Folk Art tradition of Bonad painting. We painted the ladies in their pretty dresses and Sue painted in the wonderful background. We belong to the Dove network of WiRE so the canvas artwork shows the River Dove and the Stepping Stones at Ilam. It was great fun doing both parts to the project and it was great as always spending time with a fab bunch of like minded ladies. As we are all business owners it’s great having a network that you can share ideas with!! The canvas will be on display at Betty’s Sewing Box, Cokayne Ave, Ashbourne very soon. It’s worth mentioning that they also have a lovely, child friendly Tea Room, there’s a shop and a sewing workshop with a wide range of classes!