Friday, 26 April 2019

Rocking Your World Friday - 17th of 2019

Good afternoon, I'm a little late to the party this week as we only arrived back from our holiday a couple of hours ago.  But without further ado this is 


So first up was having our own private hot tub whilst we were away, it was lovely to sit and chill in during the early evening. 


Next grateful was for the spectacular scenery.  We were in the south part of the lake district, staying in a cottage on the coastal road to Barrow-in-Furness


We discovered 7 minutes down the road this Buddhist Temple that you were free to access and they did guided meditations on the day we were there and we attended both.  It was just the type of relaxation I needed at the very beginning of our holiday. 


The Temple is on the site of a former priory.  The priory building is still in tact and is used for learning and housing visitors and residents.  


Inside the temple were models of Buddhist temples


The octagonal centre piece in the ceiling. 


As you can see we were blessed with beautiful weather. 


This is the original priory building, well not original as Henry VIII stuck his oar in and took down the original, but the building that was built on the same site using a lot of the original stone is still there.  It changed hands quite a few times before it was taken over by Buddhists.


The towers either side of the main entrance are causing issues a the moment (if you look closely you will see they have been braced at the top with metal), which means they can't start work on the entrance hall inside for fear of further damage when the towers are being repaired. 


Inside the main building were other Buddha statues which were made on site at their art studio that provide statues and pieces for other Buddhist centres around the world. 


That night we were treated to the most amazing red moon, it was spectacular and virtually impossible to photograph, but hubby managed quite well. 


The following day we headed to Holker Hall to see the house and the gardens. 


The gardens were spectacular and featured on Countryfile apparently recently for being one of the best spring gardens to visit.  We were not disappointed.  Interestingly Holker Hall's family are called Cavendish, distant relations to the family at Chatsworth apparently and it was owned by Chatsworth way back in the past. 


However, it was mighty warm, so we made the most of the benches


There was also a stone circle (new not old) and a labyrinth maze to walk around the standing stones.  Said 18 year old did a bit of meditating waiting for me and hubby as we'd got held up taking photos. 


The rhodendrons were in full bloom. 


The water fountain and overhanging trees were beautiful 


We even saw a rainbow on the water


We found this amazingly colour duck which out of sunlight looked black. 


And we found Alice's tea party next to the cafe as they were doing Easter activities for the children. 


The following day we met up with an old neighbour who now lives in this area.  He took us on a jaunt around, we got to see Piel Island with its ruined Castle.  Apparently every four years they run a competition for people who can bid half a million pounds to become the King of Piel and run the pub for four years on the island and apparently there is a lot of competition for it! 


We went to Walney to see if we could see the seals and despite them sticking to the waters (they were apparently on the beach the day before), we did see them on our travels! 


 This is the cottage where we stayed - not all of it, it is actually four properties, we were second from the right and if you look very closely you will see me reading. 


As the boys had been for a walk up a public footpath to the beach



Tuesday was my day as a must in this trip I wanted to visit Hill Top the home of Beatrix Potter, one of my favourite authors from childhood. 


She used Hill Top as the back ground for lots of her illustrations in her book.  Jemima Puddleduck hid her eggs under this rhubarb patch for instance. 


The house is beautiful and the white wisteria is just coming into flower. 


We stopped for a coffee after we'd seen the house. 


And then went in seach of other landmarks like Benjamin Bunnies gate


And Peter Rabbits postbox from the Almanac


The Tower Bank Arms appears in Jemima Puddleduck


We then ventured to the Beatrix Pottery gallery in nearby Hawkshead, unfortunately you weren't allowed to take photos which was a shame, it was absolutely amazing full of her beautiful water colour paintings!

Then we drove on to Wray Castle, a very strange Victorian Gothic Castle which was technically empty.  However, it did provide us with the most amazing scenery of the lake district


As well as a few quirky interior shots. 


I loved the heavily patterned heavily painted ceiling. 


Back outside we could see to the far side of the lake. 


Another link with Beatrix Potter as she visited here with family for a 3 month summer break.


Wednesday arrived and we headed to Stott Park Bobbin Mill which used to create wooden bobbins for the textile industry as well as for the bobbins in people's sewing baskets at home.  It started in the 1800's and finally closed its doors in 1971, due to a lack of overall investment the mill retained all of its original machinery which still works.   It was a guided tour around the mill and it was fascinating. 



I loved this drying room where the reels were put to dry out after having their initial shape created.  Once dry the wood was far easier to manage. 


On the way back we popped to Ulverston the birthplace of Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame. 


Thursday appeared and with it cooler wetter weather, thankfully we had already noted the Lake Motor Museum on our jaunts as a potential.  Showing cars from the beginning of car manufacturing all the way up to modern machines.  Said 18 year old loved this one. 


I however thought this would be far easier to park 


Or this one


We giggled at the amphicar that drives on both roads and goes in water. 


We also loved these


There was an exhibition building around the Campbell family and their trials for gaining world speed records, it was really interesting but also really sad. 


And our final trip we headed back to Ulverston for a wander around the Laurel and Hardy museum, put together by a fanatic, it lacked some of the finesse you see in modern museums but it was interesting and informative nonetheless and to add to it they were playing the films! 


And that my lovely people was my very long list of happy grateful moments this week.  If you add in great weather overall, great company, leisurely lie in, comfortable beds, long lazy evenings it has been absolutely brilliant. 

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Friday, 19 April 2019

Rocking Your World Friday - 16th of 2019

Good morning lovely people tis Friday time for 


Well after I'd posted last week I realised that I had one last picture from the Mausoleum of the Giants to share, my sister was good enough to get this shot of the two of us. 


So last weekend we ventured up to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, they have a new visitors centre called the Weston and it is now officially opened, so we parked up and headed inside.  It's all lovely and new and plush.

They also have a gallery so there was some brilliant artwork to enjoy named Thukral and Tagra: Bread Circuses & TBD, it informs about the fine balance that farmers rely on crops to provide goods to sell for a living in India, it also had a wrestling match for kushti wrestling in the centre of the gallery, obviously we didn't partake in the wrestling but I did enjoy the art work.  From a distance it has a strong design, but up close it had fabulous detail! 


I loved the colours


The shapes and the black and white element


And I found the images seriously thought provoking


Here you can see some of the detail, much of which was upside down or on its side. 


Just outside the Weston we came across Myth, the first of the four Damien Hirst pieces now in the park 


We think we've seen these or one similar at Chatsworth Beyond Limits exhibition. 

The next one reminded me of those types of charitable coin collectors (albeit quite a bit smaller) in places like markets and foyers of shopping centres and supermarkets growing up.  The question is would we now portray disability in such a way, hopefully not.  It wasn't until we returned later did we realise the coin box at the back was open and leant against the character was an over sized crowbar, perhaps more a sign of the times now than then. 


The next one 'The Hat Makes the Man' really did look like a pallet with chopped lumps of doors and hats, it was in fact made of bronze! 


The final piece known as Hymn was immense in size and incredibly graphic.  They aren't my favourite type of sculputre, but I can certainly admire the enormity of the sculpture and how amazing they look in the park


This image shows the size of the statue against the background.


When we turned from the statue we saw the diverted water and the bridge from the other side which was lovely and the water was really noisy!


We carried on in the park and headed to the chapel to see 

Kimsooja: To Breath 

The floor now covered in a highly polished aluminium covering and the windows all covered with film that refracts the light.  Unfortunately it wasn't a particularly sunny day but we enjoyed the visit nonetheless and took off hiking boots to enjoy the reflective floor! 


I loved the reflections and the elements of symmetry


We then headed over the bridge and up the David Nash steps, it was lovely to see the bluebells coming into flower at the top. 


The Long Gallery our next goal, to see Criminal Ornamentation a collection put together for the Arts Council by Yinka Shonibare

This was the first piece that we saw and was definitely one of my favourites.  Some of the work contains Shonibare's work, others are pieces he obviously enjoys. 


I loved this sculpture it reminded me of forming volcanic rock


I quite like the bold design


And the fabrics on these drum like skins were lovely! 


This piece was a definite favourite a mix of fabric and metal work sewn into the same. 


The knitted giraffe


Embroidered pieces


A Shonibare piece


A strange but possibly wholly acceptable use of cigarettes (because no one is smoking them). 


There was also a huge wall covered in Timorous Beasties wallpaper




From a distance it reminds me of a typical 1970's paper. 


We loved the light artwork 


I liked this one, although I'm not sure the Queen would be that impressed


I officially didn't like this


I loved the movement in this picture


I also liked this take on Queen Victoria


There was so much from so many different artists


Once back out of the Long Gallery we wandered down the field and along by the side of the lake, coming across this modern take of a folly in our wake.


Before finally landing back at the Weston where we enjoyed a cold thirst quenching drink and coffee. 


I also achieved the 9 month mark of being teetotal which is now second nature.  I do wonder if I'll ever drink again but for now I'm happy not to. 


Another busy work week including dealing with year end (but its finished so I can breath again and in super quick time). 

Thursday we found ourselves with a day off as we celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary


We actually went back up to YSP and had another walk this time including the main information centre as we'd missed a new artist there.  

We grabbed this selfie on the way around. 


I hope you've had a splended week and that you've got lots of positive things to celebrate and look back on.  If you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up and we can come and visit.