Thursday, 30 April 2015

Winkworth Arboretum

It is just the perfect time to visit Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming to catch the wonderful bluebells scattered everywhere.

Sit back and enjoy the colour.

As well as the bluebells, there are azleas, camellias and many types of trees

This handkerchief tree will have large white bracts later on, like doves.


The bog contains an army of gunnera plants

The seats are beautifully carved with animals

It takes about an hour to walk from Godalming to Winkworth, I'll put the directions on the blog on Saturday.

The Pepperpot in Godalming town centre

A wonderful day! 23,000 steps. Phew!

Time to put my feet up.

Cheerio thanks for looking in.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Bayeux Tapestry in Reading

Did you know that there is a Victorian replica of the Bayeux Tapestry in Reading Museum? Full scale as well.  Just like the real thing in France . . .  well with the addition of a pair of shorts here and there.

The Bayeux Tapestry is about the invasion of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 and shows events from the Norman point of view.  Reading's copy was made in Staffordshire in the 1880s.  Each of the 35 women who worked on it signed her name below the section she had embroidered.

I've taken a photo roughly every ten sections as there are over 50 to give you an idea of what it is like.
1. In 1064 Edward the Confessor, King of England since 1042, knows he will soon die.  Seated on his throne in his palace at Westminster, he orders Earl Harold to go to France.

10. William's messengers ride furiously with their hair flying in the wind, to take a message from William to Guy.

20. Conan surrenders. He passes the keys of Dinan to William on the point of a lance.

29. News of Harold's coronation as King of England is carried across the  Channel to William.

When I visited a school was there.  Much easier than going to France.

So  while I was there the lure of Carluccio's hot chocolate was too strong . . .

Pretty tulips in the park

lovely lilacs

Looking out of the train window, with the camera inside my sunglasses, can you see the whirlpool rainbow effect on the window? Do you think I am going ever so slightly crackers? The people on the train most certainly do!
Bye for now, see you next time!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Gateway Public Art Commission

There's a lot going on at SHP as usual.

Events marking 800 years since the Magna Carta was drawn up are coming soon including a display of quilts on 8th August by the Magna Carta Quilters.

At the moment, the fact that it is 150 years since Alice in Wonderland was written is being celebrated in the Atrium Cafe as the walls are adorned with colourful illustrations. An outdoor production takes place in August.

Colourful Alice themed walls of the Cafe

Stained Glass in the bar

Even the marquee is decorated Alice style
Another exhibition relates to the Gateway Public Art Commission, a £20,000 Artists commission to make a large public sculpture to be installed in Bracknell in the Autumn.  Here are the shortlisted Artists:

Tim Ward

Samuel Zealey

Dan Archer

Tim Shutter

Charlie Whinney
Have a look at the website for more information and details of how to vote for the one that you prefer.  Voting ends 14th June.

Which one is your favourite?