Cheeseburn Sculpture Park ~ part 3

On to the main event following on from part 2 HERE

the reason Sophie & I went to the park in the first place was to see big shiny things, by a gentleman called Qi Yafeng.  I can’t find a website for him, maybe not allowed one in China. Anyway he’s done quite a lot of stuff, and these were his latest pieces.

The big, shiny pieces did not disappoint, they were mesmerising, you couldn’t help seeing yourself stretched thin or shortened fat, curved, wobbly, and sometimes not even there! Just like being in the house of mirrors at a funfair but with just one piece of kit. 2 large pieces in the grounds, and several in the indoor spaces.  There was also a video showing the process of making them, with some lady playing really cool twangly music in the Hong Kong studio where it was all happening. It was hard to think of them as stainless steel; the mirror finish was so perfect. What was also cool was Mr. Yafeng was in attendance, he stayed back near the trees on the edge of the lawn and took photos of people interacting with the sculpture and took photos of us taking photos!  I wish I’d said hello, but wasn’t sure if a) he spoke English, as I don’t speak Chinese, and b) what would I say? “Hi, I really like your big shiny things?”

All the works were entitled Big Shi… oops 🙂 they were entitled In Each Phase, with a number after them as in In Each Phase 1, In Each Phase 2 etc.

Big Shiny Thing 1

 

Big Shiny Thing 1

 

Big Shiney Thing 2 was my favourite as it looked different from different perspectives, and the reflections were weird.

 

 

 

that guy really has a knotted hanky on his head.

 

So very impressive and gorgeous especially in the sunshine.  But my very favourite of all is one that wasn’t on the map of where to find the sculptures, nor on the list of what all the sculptures were.  Whilst walking around the grounds on the trail of all the sculptures, we veered off down towards the river to see if there was any stuff to photograph, just at the same time the chap in charge came along to lock the gate that you would go through to get to it,  “Ah” said he, “I see you’ve found the secret one”.  And off he went again, and when we looked over the fence we saw

also by Qi Yafeng.  I have no idea why it wasn’t listed or on the trail, but it was cool to find it and I think it’s quite beautiful sitting there in the river.

There were also some smaller versions of his pieces in different parts of the stables areas, so I’ll finish with a couple pictures of those.

 

 

all pictures are embiggenable when you click on them.

More gorgeous artworks from the day can be seen HERE

 

Cheeseburn Sculpture Park ~ June 2018~ part 2

Following on from part 1 HERE

The gardens at Cheeseburn Grange are quite lovely

and a perfect place for delicate glass sculptures

Can’t remember who did that sorry!!

Laura Johnston   http://www.laurajohnston.com  thrilled us with these beautiful glassworks in the woods

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I loved how the colors reflected onto the woodland path

 

Simon Hitchins    http://www.simonhitchens.com

combined the rough texture of rocks with smooth shiny mirrors

“In The Eye of the Beholder”

 

“The Other Eye” (with added appreciators)

 

On one of the walls in the grounds we came across these,

“P’s”

by Louise Plant  http://louiseplant.com

they reminded me of what I used to call ‘Jacks’ when I was a kid, can’t remember what you did with them though 🙂

 

Ending & Beginning ~ Luke Dickinson

 

“Fallen Arch”. ( 🤣🙄) ~ Ekkehard Altenburger

 

“The Earth” by Andrew Burton.  Mr. Burton did some of my favourite pieces back in part 1, his vessels series, but I was not really impressed with this….

 

“The Earth” ~ Andrew Burton

but the more I look at it and think about it, the more I like what he’s done.

Anyhoo that’s enough for now, can’t be having y’all bored witless, still more artwork to come, when next time I get to the main event!

Stay tooned peeps!

Herrington Country Park~ March 2018~part 4

Part 1           Part 2            Part 3

So on we go over the dinosaur rib cage and back towards the lake, alongside a rivulet where we watched a swan doing it’s thing

 

Oooh look at me!!!
I’m so pretty!

Back at the car park we came across a hound meeting

Eau de Beagle

I think they were Beagles after googling doggy pictures.

Corporal Beagley
Reflecting Penshaw’s Folly

Saw this cute little lad at the cafe while we had lunch

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and then after lunch, back to the lake for more birdy shots

We watched a seagull fighting a tern for some bread

OY! That’s my bread!
gimme gimme!

Birds on a buoy

In the distance the sky did a thing over the standing stones,

And that’s the end of our day at Herrington.

all images can be clicked on for bigger versions so you can appreciate their magnificence so much better 🤣  

Full album can be found HERE for more birds and stuff.

Stay tooned, though god knows what for, the constant rain has put paid to Sophie and I going anywhere since this day, but we’ll be back! Meantime I’ll be over at The Other Place, click on that and I’ll see you there 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Rising Sun Country Park ~ Nov 2017 ~ Part 3

Part 1,  Part 2,  

We’ll finish up walking the last leg of our trek around the park today, there were not many leaves left on the trees

so it was nice to come across some pops of yellow

 

but mostly it was grey and brown

 

I’m not sure what this next thing is, maybe stocks for naughty giants?

even when the leaves have gone, and there are no bright little flowers to photograph, there are always some interesting shapes and textures to find,

and reflections in puddles

and that’s the end of our visit to the Rising Sun Country Park, though I think we may do a return at some point, when spring finally arrives.

Stay tooned for next time when we’re off to see the Camel Parade!

 

 

Rising Sun Country Park ~ November 2017 ~ part 2

Part 1 HERE

So we’ve had a little rest, and now continue past where the Back to Future train disappeared, turning right and starting the long trek up an incline to the top of a hill under some stunning cloud formations

the horses we saw earlier came charging past us in the opposite direction

giddy-up!

Looking back down the path at the top of the hill we could see from Hebburn on the right to Newcastle on the left. The yellow structures are on the River Tyne and we saw one of them being brought up the river when we visited the Anglo-Saxon farm at Jarrow Hall   you can click through the link there to see the yellow thingy bigly.

View!!

There were gorse bushes in bloom here and there

and a bench to sit on if the uphill struggle made you out of breath, not that comfy though!

and then we made our way down the other side of the hill.  We found a puddle..

 

where there were some more horses, and people

saw a blackbird

Then we came to another wetland area

so we took some pictures of the water birds

and here we rested, taking shots of the birdies whilst a couple of little girls threw crisps to them 🙄 before the final leg of our long walk.  ( And no, we didn’t tell them off, this is Sunderland and parents don’t take kindly to interference, especially from Non- Mackems! )

So stay tooned, and next time we’ll get to the end.

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Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 1~Bruges

After the Atlantic wall, we dicked about getting lunch and looking in shops for maps, and then drove off to Bruges, arriving there at rush hour, not the best time to be looking for somewhere. The satnav got us to the right place, but we couldn’t see the hotel.  I parked up on a precarious corner before we hit the one way system and Phil got out and walked back to where the hotel was supposed be.  It didn’t help that the name of it was different from what we had, but he found it, talked to the lady there who told him where the nearest car park was, but gave him 30 minutes to return as she was going off duty and no-one was coming on. She gave him a little map which we tried to follow but we got royally lost and went round in circles stressing as the clock ticked on.  Eventually though we found it, parked up and got our stuff out and finally got into the hotel in the nick of time.  By this time it was dark, and Phil was sorry for me as this was supposed to be my ‘no-war’ photography bit. But I didn’t mind, as we’d done Bruges a couple of times so I have plenty of shots of it. We had our showers and walked into the centre to find somewhere for dinner. On the way I took an iPhone shot of this shop window as I thought of Clare from the Monster blogs  who does like her crows.

We had a lovely dinner of spaghetti bolognese, which we thought was one of the best we’d ever had. The weather was so warm we sat outside, and this is where we were

after dinner we decided I’d do some night shots, and hopefully get one for our wall to match the Tyne bridge that’s on it’s own at the minute, so we went back to the hotel for the camera, and here are the results

It is such a beautiful place to walk around, (but not to drive 🙂 ).

Stay tooned for the next part, when we went to Arnhem and a Bridge too Far.

 

 

Hardwick Hall Country Park ~ June 2017~finale

Part 1 HERE

More pictures from the country park, well worth a visit.

Canadian Geese

 

Willow Fence and arch

 

moorhen chick on a lily pond

 

Bridge

 

Wood witch

 

 

 

Owl House

 

Sailing with Mum

 

 

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Tonight Phil came with me to photograph the bridges over the Tyne. I’ve seen loads from other people, and it probably doesn’t look any different to those, but this is mine and I’m chuffed it turned out so well.

 

I took a few others so here are they,

The millennium bridge and The Baltic

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The millennium bridge and The Sage

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The Sage

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and my shot of the day.. ta da!

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For the past 3 years we’ve had a pair of Robins visit our garden and The Happy Eater tree, but this year have hardly seen them.  Today though Phil spotted this little robin jumping from the car window ledge onto the mirror back and forth, we think he thought there was another robin in it!   He seems to be alone so am not sure if this is one of the pair and the spouse has died or if this one is a different one all together.

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this next one’s a bit out of focus but you can see his reflections in the mirror and window,

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and my shot for today~

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Phil’s on night shift this week, and the temperature is quite mild, so took a trip into South Shields and shot the Port of Tyne from our side of the river, lots of pretty lights and reflections. Better if you click on the picture to embiggen it I think.

 

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Day 333 & Day 334~366

Yesterday morning I got up at 6am, packed my bags and went off to Newcastle railway station where I met my friend (and boss) Brenda to go to a product launch in Manchester.  It was due to start with lunch at 12 midday and to get there on time we were catching the 9.43am to York, changing trains and on to Manchester Piccadilly for 11.45am with a 10 minute walk to the venue.  Brenda arrived at the station with 1 minute to spare, and we ran on to the train and off we went.  There was a delay at one point, when we slowed down and stopped, which apparently was down to someone falling ill on a train at Northallerton and having to be taken off it in an ambulance, but 5 minutes later we were off again.  I didn’t realise Brenda was then panicking that we would miss our connecting train at York, but we got there with 7 minutes to spare.  Once we got off the train Brenda charged over to the platform where our train was and chivvied me up, ‘come on come on before they shut the door on us’ she yells, and on we rushed, into a nice empty carriage with tables, and we sat down. ‘What are you panicking about?’ says I, and she told me that on her last trip on a train to London, she got to her changeover train and the guard shut the door just as she got there and wouldn’t let her on. “Can’t have the train being late” he said, “it’s not late” she said “there’s still 2 minutes to go”, “well we are allowed to shut the doors 2 minutes before it’s due to leave” he replied “everybody knows that!”  And he would not let her on, so she had to wait for the next train to London, and pay £126 for a ticket, for a journey she’d already paid for.  So that was the reason for the panic.  The train set off and we got comfortable, and the Captain (? driver/pilot, not sure what they’re called) came over the tannoy, “Good morning, this is the 236 to Newcastle, calling at Darlington, and Durham! We were on the wrong train going back the way we came!  It took 45 minutes to get to Darlington, where we got off and went to the travel office to ask what to do. The lady told us we’d have to get on the next train and tell the ticket collector what had happened, and he would then either let us off or we’d have to buy new tickets.  When’s the next train we asked, well it’s been cancelled, she said so you’ll have to get on the direct train to Manchester which is with another company and leaves in an hour. So we went and had coffee, and hung around the station until that train came, and then got on that. Now Brenda was certain we’d have to buy new tickets, but when the collector came around I did the googley sorrowful eyes at him, explained what had happened and he let us stay on without buying a new ticket.  Of course the barriers in and out of the platform areas are automated and work by wafting your ticket at a sensor, and of course ours wouldn’t work, so we ended up having to explain the thing all over again to get out.  Eventually we got to where we were supposed to be, 2 hours late, and stopping off along the walk from the station for Brenda to buy a new top for the evening dinner, as she’d forgotten to pack hers!  We had a fab time at the product launch, the company doing it paid for us to stay in a very nice hotel (£235 a night!!!) and took us all out to dinner, and all drinks were paid for the whole night.  As there were about 30 of us, it must have run into a few 1000 quid, so I hope they all sell lots of the product.  I don’t do sales anymore, but have to know about it all as I do fittings and service work for Brenda so it’s still useful for me to go along. I don’t think we stopped laughing about our journey for hours on and off!  On the way back we had a direct train to Newcastle, and got to the platform 10 minutes before it was due, but then it got delayed by 34 minutes due to problems somewhere with the signals, so had to sit in the freezing cold waiting for what seemed like ages.  I missed my car a lot!

I used the iPhone a few times along the way,

Newcastle Station, which is quite a beauty

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I did take the ball with me, but not too many opportunities to use it, I did one at Darlington station which I wish was a bit better than it turned out, but it’s all I got, so this is Day 334

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iPhone shot of the station, another lovely station, that’s Brenda on the left walking ahead

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I took a shot of Huddersfield Station as we went through, as this is where I grew up

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This was my hotel room

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and the mini bar and coffee making machine I couldn’t figure out how to work it, it’s one of those George Clooney nespresso things, half a bottle of champagne, £17.50 ~ needless to say I didn’t avail myself of it!

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After the product launch, which was at the top of the hotel, we went onto an outside terrace, and I took a shot looking down through the glass safety barrier

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and the sunset over Manchester was spectacular, so it had to be done

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and my final shot was my ball shot today, on the way to the station we stopped for a coffee and I took a shot of the Chetham Music College

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but I like the sunset shots best 🙂

Now home again, and back to work in the morning! Adventure over for now 🙂 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 332~366

A busy day today and the weather was pants, so just messed about with flowers and floating the balls :). Might have gone a bit OTT. 😀

Am away early tomorrow morning, off to Manchester on a train, and back again on Tuesday.   I haven’t been on a train for years so am quite excited. I will be taking the ball of course 🙂

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