This summer I had a day trip down to London by rail to see an exhibition by artist Georgia O’Keefe at Tate Modern. I had always admired her paintings of flowers. I hadn’t realised she also had wonderful ones of the desert in New Mexico. Then I remembered that my Nottinghamshire hero DH Lawrence also … Continue reading O’KEEFE and D H CONNECTIONS
When I spotted a play at Buxton Opera House involving ghost stories starring Jack Shepherd, I could bag 3 of my passions travelling by train. My journey was a bit disappointing as it was rainy with low cloud so couldn’t see much of the wonderful scenery , but I was content reading the names of the stations … Continue reading 4 PASSIONS IN BUXTON
Whilst my cousin Martyn was staying with me we visited 3 different areas all linked by their association with earth below. Iconic Mow Cop castle is a folly perched high on the gritstone ridge at the southern end of the Pennines. Stone was quarried since the Iron age for milling corn. The land is owned by The … Continue reading True Grit, Salt of the Earth and Black Diamonds !
I had wanted to explore the canal system of Manchester for a long time but never dare to venture on my own. Then when my cousin Martyn was staying with me in July he was game to accompany me on a City Cruise from Castlefield to Salford Quays . We arrived by taxi from Piccadilly … Continue reading Canal Capital of the North
My friend said “Let’s go to London to see the poppies”. I replied “As long as we book to go up The Shard and play cards on the train”. That was the deal! It was as well I hadn’t seen any recent news about crowds of people arriving at The Tower to view the spectacle … Continue reading TARDIS AND TEMPTATIONS IN LONDON
Three gallant gals set off for a day out in Morecambe. Our mission was to visit the restored Art Deco hotel. We set off from Congleton station on the delayed train to Manchester. After a 5 minute dash up the ramp and over to platform 14 with myself in bossy tour manager mode, we caught … Continue reading Poetry in Morecambe
Whilst organising to visit my younger son and his fiancé’s new house in Stafford I browsed the nearby Cannock Chase Forest area where they will have a forest wedding next year. On the site I discovered that there would be a musical composition installation called ‘Living Symphonies’. As it looked interesting we decided to investigate. It was a beautiful … Continue reading Eco Musical Motifs