Petworth Park : A Landscape with Capabilities

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Petworth Park and Pleasure Grounds offer a wealth of possibilities for short strolls, a long walk with, or without, the dog or just a promenade around the the gardens. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-17830, the renowned landscape designer of the 18th century whose 300th anniversary happens to be this year, transformed the 700 acre estate at Petworth into the one we see, and can walk in, today. As we stepped out from the small formal area behind the house  into the larger, grander landscape Diana exclaimed with delight that it was like stepping into Brown’s landscape.

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Walking into the Landscape

At first she was frustrated that people were strolling across her photos or picnicking just at the spot where she wished to take a picture of the house but we soon realised that, of course, this was just how it was in Turner’s day. Diana really wanted to see the deer but the hummocks (which I tried to convince her were deer at rest) were just hummocks of grass in the distant landscape.

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The Long Front of Petworth House

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Petworth from the Upper Pond

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The Upper Pond

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The Dog of Alcibiades in The Upper Pond

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Tempting Paths to Longer Walks

Thank you, Diana, for your company and enthusiasm. I suppose I’ll just have to bring Oliver with me next time😉.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘That House of Art’ : Petworth House

On Sunday last week I took one of my American friends (and fellow book group member) to Petworth House in West Sussex. I’d picked her up the day before from a Charlotte Bronte Conference at Chawton House Library near Alton in Hampshire; taken her back to Godalming where we walked with Oliver Pug to Munstead Wood (just a glimpse) and dropped her at her Ewhurst B&B after a pub supper nearby.

Alton Church

Alton Church

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The Geffrye Garden of Smells

Time flies! It’s already over a week since I was in London and Surrey and at home we’ve been busy, busy, busy. And now it’s nearly time for me to reopen the pages of My Irish Times. This year I’m going Dutch for the first ten days and working my way from north to south.

Anyway, that’s for next week, in the meantime last Friday (13th) I was in London and on Saturday and Sunday in Surrey … and beyond.

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The Geffrye in January this year

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CoCA : Centre of Ceramic Art, York

Last week was a very arty/gallery week for me what with the Whitworth on Tuesday and a re-visit to York City Art Gallery on Thursday. Back in April I first visited the recently re-opened Art Gallery in York with the local Art Fund.

Centre of Ceramic Art, CoCA.
York City Art Gallery
11am, Friday 1st April 2016
York’s wondrously refurbished Art Gallery is now host to the new Centre of Ceramic Art, a splendid addition to the Museum’s collection. On show are the collections of three major 20th century collectors of contemporary pottery in a display which rivals the works themselves. Helen Walsh, Curator of Ceramics, will talk about the bringing together of the collection before showing us round. In addition, a guided session on handling pots will give you a chance to learn much more about the making processes and understand the unique appeal of the items in the York collection.
This display of ceramics is a real eye-opener. 
Own transport starting in foyer at 11 am
Light Refreshments are available in the café of the gallery but space is limited. There are
numerous cafes adjacent to the gallery.

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Armathwaite Signal Box and Local FoSCL Walk

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John at The Signal Box

Saturday 7 May : Armathwaite Signal Box visit & short walk, 7 miles Moderate
Visit the restored signal box and optional short circular walk. Coombs Wood – Longdales – Ainstable – Armathwaite. Alight (11.15 connects with 08.49 train from Leeds) & return Armathwaite (16.32 train to Leeds). (For signal box visit only return on 14.40 train). (J&TJ) [John and Tracey Johnson]

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