Saturday, 23 April 2011

Spring in Slaithwaite

The weather continues to be unusually stunning and my little garden looks lovely in the sunshine. It may sound churlish to complain but I fear that everything is going to be over very quickly and blossoms and blooms will soon fade. 

But oh - what glory........

The bees are all over my little crab apple.

Slaithwaite couldn't be more picturesque if it tried...

The neighbours!

Jolly useful early border perennial.

And to top it all, I have a blackbird nesting amongst the rambling rose above my studio door...

Saturday, 16 April 2011

London trip

Mick and I had a brilliant week in London with unexpected warm, sunny weather. I had arranged to see our MP Jason McCartney at Westminster, hoping that we could have coffee on the terrace. Sadly that was the only dismal, wet day we had but we managed a photograph.

It was jolly interesting to see the Houses of Parliament and to stand on the exact spot in Westminster Hall, on which  Charles l stood when he was being tried, was quite significant - all that history....

The exhibition at the V&A, the Aesthetic Movement, was really very good. and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates beautiful things. There was a spectacular reconstruction of Whistler's Peacock Room that people could enter and see how it must have looked. There was much to do with Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites as well as Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley.

Me - on the steps of the V&A.

As usual we went and checked out the British Museum which never fails to delight. Our very favourite room in there is the Enlightenment Room - we would like to live in it...!

Friday, 1 April 2011

April 1

At a Month of Sundaes  in Marsden, Valley Arts is staging its spring show. Lots to see and good coffee as well.

If you are in Marsden then do take a look. Admission is free.

There will be artists 'hanging about' the place on Cuckoo Day, 16 April.