On my recent trip to Newcastle to see the art gallery, I stumbled upon the The Olive Tree Market. These markets are beautiful. They are in a lovely park with music playing, plenty of great food stalls and an abundance of artisan stalls filled with stunning hand made items. So I was wandering around oohing and aahing, thinking about the obscene amount of money I could spend here, when I came across a stall with all the pieces signed Nicole Berlach. All of her drawings were amazing but I particularly loved the one of the cicada, which you can see to the left of Nicole. I commented to her that it was an unusual surname and that I knew someone who used to be a member of our guild with that very same surname. Well, it turns out that our friend Sue Berlach is Nicole’s mother-in-law. ‘Wow’, we both exclaimed. So we had a nice little chat and took a photo which you can see above. What a great day that was!