Friday, 31 October 2014

I don't know

The American sculptor Richard Tuttle's colourful work - I Don't Know. The Weave of Textile Language - currently installed in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall is bright, colourful, enjoyable and playful - but not 'great', I felt. I rather agreed with the Guardian critic's summary. But it warms you up, almost as though it was a fire.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

London Icons 4

Another view of The Shard, London's towering skyscraper: 87 floors of glass designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. Despite its size, it has an ethereal quality and somehow doesn't look as dominant as it might seem. It sits quite happily, I feel, alongside the classical 19th century tower of Southwark Cathedral.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

London Icons 3

I think this one should be called Shard and Bard.... It shows the top of London's newest and tallest building, the Shard (2012), and the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (1997) on London's South Bank.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

London Icons 2

Another mono, this time showing St Paul's Cathedral (1708) and the Millennium Bridge (2000), which go together strangely well, I feel, considering that there are 300 years separating them.

Monday, 27 October 2014

London Icons 1

My recent trips to London were mostly about trying to be a helpful mother and granny, but I did manage a day out in the city centre. I ambled peacefully along the South Bank, with its wonderful riverside views of some of the great sights of London. The London Eye (2000), Big Ben (1859) and the Royal Festival Hall (1951) are all icons of their time. I felt this image needed the Ansel Adams black and white treatment.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Beauty in the familiar

Meanwhile, back in Saltaire, the autumn colours are peaking. I left my car in London for a couple of weeks to assist my family so I'm back to walking everywhere. I love the rhythm of walking and it keeps me fit, so I don't mind at all. I took the scenic route on my way to do the supermarket shop, past Saltaire's church and along the canal towpath to Shipley. This is only a humble iPhone photo but the colours are good and the scene nicely balanced. It's a view I never tire of and it looks so different in different seasons and lighting conditions.  Click the Saltaire URC label below to see more photos of this lovely heritage church.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Until we meet again...

RHS Harlow Carr - I had such a wonderful time wandering around the RHS's Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate. Every view, every planter, every bed, every border is breathtaking to the senses - colours, shapes, textures, scent. So many photos - but I hope you've enjoyed them and didn't mind me taking a bit of a (necessary) break and resorting to posting endless garden pictures. We'll say a fond farewell to Harrogate for now - until another season.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Thursday, 23 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - There are lots of places in the gardens to sit and rest, and to contemplate the beauty of nature. This little summerhouse is in a pretty spot beside a stream.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - This rose is called 'Grace' - that's my eldest granddaughter's second name too. Isn't it gorgeous? It has a lovely scent too.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


RHS Harlow Carr - more willow sculptures, like poppy seed heads, enliven an area planted with wildflowers.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Colour coded

RHS Harlow Carr - like a colour swatch chart - more of the inspired colour combinations in the long borders.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pixie paradise

RHS Harlow Carr -
If I was a pixie, I think Harlow Carr Gardens would be the most desirable place to live that I could imagine. There were little doors in the walls and little doors in the the tree trunks  - and look, they even have their own village.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Potting shed

RHS Harlow Carr - even the inside of the potting shed was photogenic.