Life at Kerjacob .

Life at Kerjacob .
"Ruby" ma belle voiture !

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Looking at the detail in the ordinary.




Some weeks ago I set to and made a book with some of my photographs.
I have never done anything like it before but
found it very enjoyable.

Anybody who really knows me well would probably recognise
my style in photography.
I like to look at detail, to notice maybe what others 
wouldn't.
I remember quite clearly my daughter asking me
when she was very tiny
why I took photographs of 'rubbish'.

Well, I'm still doing it but maybe now she would understand that
what she thought then was rubbish really wasn't.








I adore old doors and windows.




Lichen on the rocks in Brittany.


Ivy taken off a tree becomes a piece of art
against the wall of our house.

Another love - rusty metal.






One of the doors at Kerjacob.









Monday, 13 October 2014

More from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


I have been somewhat slow in getting more photographs
posted from YSP.
I've been busy putting together a book of some of
my photographs.

( more of this in my next post )






I really liked the simple graphics of Tom Frost.
It was very clear from the sales that he'd made
that I certainly wasn't the only one.





Out in the grounds of the park is a varied selection of sculptures.
Some are there most of the time and just look amazing in the landscape of this area.









Barbara Hepworth.




Love the way these figures have rusted over time.




The children who were at the park really loved going round and in between this huge rabbit.


Elizabeth Frink - I LOVE her work.








So lastly the buildings, now empty, were I spent three years of my life
 as an art student.
In my first year, at was then called Breton Hall, I lived
 on the first floor of this wonderful old mansion.
 I clearly remember the night we got the news of the
 assassination of John Kennedy - 1963 -
the radios on everywhere telling the terrible news and
 our utter disbelief and sadness.




These were the views and landscape that I enjoyed then and did this summer over
40 years on.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ursula Von Rydingsvard at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.





My travels in the UK took me up to Yorkshire to stay with a friend I've
known since I was eighteen and a student at what was
then Bretton Hall College near Wakefield.





This amazing place was where I studied Art for three years.
The college has been closed for quite a few years now.
The grounds however are what is now
Yorkshire Sculpture Park.





This amazing piece is made from cow intestines sewn together
it was beautiful.




When we were there we saw a large exhibition
of the work of an American woman -






There are the Underground galleries which
are huge spaces that give the 
opportunity to display large pieces
of sculpture that can ' breathe '.






I really liked the pieces where the wood had been charred and also limed.











Cow intestines sewn together.




Just LOVE this piece.













There were also some wonderful large drawings based on pieces that she has made using pig's
intestines that have been dried and formed into pieces that are textile in quality.






In my next post I'll show some more pieces from YSP.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Memories of such happy summer days.


So the sun shone every day.
The days went all too fast but we had
such very happy times.


Georgia makes friends with Pie.

We visited a friend's beautiful house and I took some lovely photographs.
Georgia thought it was like the house of a princess
 especially when she saw the four poster beds with curtains !





Visiting more friends and chances to play on a swing in their garden.


A swing fixed on a tree - magic.

We visited our local summer market where children and adults can get the chance
 to abseil down the church tower.
 Georgia wanted to try but at 7 she was too young.
                                                           ( Thank goodness !! )

Georgia wearing a linen suit I bought here in France.



Playing with the inventions of two men - always boys  - such fun.


We are very lucky not to live too far from the coast so
off we went with picnic buckets and spades for the day.



Before adventuring down to the sea with Papi.


The sandcastle left behind waiting for the tide to turn.

Out in the garden there was lots of chances to take photographs to add to our collection.


Maybe a career in modelling ?!


Then the day before I took her back to England we went out again in "Ruby"
 and of course came back with a baguette !


My hat became Georgia's when we went out in "Ruby"

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The start of three wonderfully happy weeks in July - Nantes.


In mid July our elder granddaughter came for a 3 week holiday.
I had not seen her for a few years due to my health problems
and surgery.
I cannot tell you what a delight it was to see her arrive at the
airport with Mr P ( Papi to her )

I'd booked for us to stay the night in Nantes as a surprise.






The bigger surprise however was to go to "Les Machines " to visit this wondrous place and to ride on the elephant and the carousel.
Moments of magic which will stay with the three of us for ever.


The Carousel is based on the 3 levels of the ocean.
This is the top for the things that are on the sea.





The flying fish were so beautiful.






Just loved this turtle's face.




We all went on the elephant and one ride for Papi and me on the  carousel but 4 rides on it for her.
She loved it and so did we.




Georgia inside  a fish - pulling levers to make it move its fins and tail.


Avery happy little girl.

However I think she enjoyed being sprayed by the elephant even more.
The children waited and encouraged the man driving the elephant to soak them !
It was so good to watch so many people having such a happy time
Moments like these last forever.



Papi and Georgia on the elephant.






Thursday, 4 September 2014

Denis Sever's House Folgate Spitalfields London.




I have tried without success to find photographs other than my own of this wonderful house.

Sadly I cannot find any that I can use here and certainly not ANY of the interior.











Enough to say that after wanting to visit this incredible place we turned up, me extremely excited only to find that it was closed.
I knew that it was open on the 4th Monday of the month only to realise that in June we had a 5th Monday and that was when I was there.

Despite a very sad, pleading face and explaining that we were from France we didn't get in.
I do understand of course that it is a private house so times of opening are restricted.

One day certainly I WILL get in and share the magical experience.
In the meantime I managed to get a book all about the house 



This really gives you an look into another world that at the moment stays behind the black door and the red shutters.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

So, where have I been all this time !




It is a long time since I've done any posts and I apologise.
I know I always look forward to reading new posts from others so
 therefore I shouldn't have let two months go by.
have let two months go by in silence.

In June we went to London for four days.
Its a long time since I've been and I was excited.
The main draw was to go and see the Matisse exhibition at Tate Modern.
I also wanted to see the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain.

Both were wonderful in totally different ways added to by
the walk along the Thames embankment in beautiful warm sunshine.


Saturday was a day in Spitalfields - a place I just love.
There are some absolutely beautiful houses there and I just took lots of photographs.



What lies behind this window display ?




Folgate Street is perhaps the place where the most scrumptious houses are although
to be fair I don't know Spitalfields very well
and I'm sure there are delights to be found everywhere.




Just love the brickwork and the shutters.




How I loved this faded grey.




Fancy living at eleven and a half ?



I so wished I could pop inside and see what delights
there would be behind the shutters.




Just love the boldness of the colours next to each other.




Again a beautiful grey - a colour I love.



Then what I really wanted to see the house at 18 Folgate Street.
The house of the late Denis Severs.



 More of this in my next post.