We had a jam packed 3 days away before term started. After the initial blue skies at Jodrell Bank (Lovell telescope below), it all turned rather green:
Always did love a little Kate Malone but her Queen Pineapple vase at the Manchester Art Gallery is a showstopper - photo does not show it's enormity!
Using the playground in Jodrell Bank my son managed to do a great impression of a Yoshitomo Nara portrait.
The sun only shone the one day. After that we headed in doors to the Manchester Museum for Stan, theT-Rex, florescent minerals and er, tiny red frogs!
This little bit of heaven is just a ten minute walk from my house. A few spots of rain fell just as I hit the lane but by the time I reached this point the sun had come out. I thought I was lucky enough just to see this but, as I stopped to take this shot, I heard the cut stems crackle and pop as they dried in the heat. Something I'd never noticed before; made me smile!
Awst? August in Welsh.
I don't often mix in such circles but recently I attended afternoon tea at the rather grand Bodysgallen Hall, a National Trust property less than half an hour away. It wer' proper grand.
For instance, this wallpaper decorates one of the toilets. Honestly, it was a bit intense in such a small space but it's not like I was in there long!
We had a party of 10 and were treated to the Drawing Room all to ourselves. With it's panelled walls and minimal lighting, it was pretty dark so the photo's are suitably atmospheric.
I have no idea who the portraits depict, sorry!
One of our number couldn't attend but was here in spirit via some lovely handmade chocolates. Nom! I should note at this point that service was impeccable throughout even when he walked it to find us rearranging the antique furniture.
The main room has two small nooks in one of which is this writing desk (with a rather surprised looking chap looking on). In the other, a very cosy space complete with it's own fireplace (there is a larger one in the main room). And, relax...
Looking a lot like bubbles on the side of a large boulder, I think they are actually quartz crystals with a little iron for colour? Images captured this weekend in beautiful North Wales!
I need a geologist in my life. I've discovered a new beach with the most incredible rocks most of which are a fair size (i.e. too big to carry off)!
I know the green in these rocks is created with copper but what about that beautiful blue? The wrong tone for copper I think so answers on a postcard please...
This lovely little splash of amethyst was found amongst the quartz by the children as we walked along the path - eagle eyes! Talking of which...
Incredible grafitti on The Duke of Lancaster as we strolled back.
This is on a busy road in the beautiful English city of Chester. It's pretty impossible to cross said road at this point, what with the volume of traffic. Plus the windows of the Georgian terrace (just seen) aren't big enough to get most passers by to look in from across the road. So what did the new art gallery do?
They put a small, official looking sign up to confuse us all complete with contraction and unusual demand. Naturally, everyone who sees it, looks!
As I had small children in tow, I still haven't been in the gallery but when I do I'll edit this post :)
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