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A postcard from Yorkshire

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , on May 4, 2010 by echostains

We’re always going off to Haworth, (famous for being the home of the Bronte family).  Nothing much changes in Haworth.  We’ve even stayed there a few times, at the bottom of the hill in a 16th century hotel called Haworth Old Hall.  One time, a bat flew in to the bedroom – so I bit it, and it soon flew away…I AM joking, but not about the bat visit.  Here’s a little slide show I’ve put together using some of our photo’s including York.  This time I have not overladen the slide show with images – so I’m hoping the page will load easier than last time 🙂

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Haworth Old Hall, read about it here

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Jorvic Calls

Posted in BRONTE BITES, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, YORK BREAK with tags , , on March 11, 2010 by echostains

shambles york

I will be back by the time your read this post.  I have been away celebrating my birthday.  Where have I been?  Where do you think?  To one of my favorite cities ever York – that’s where!

Alice in wonderland

I never get sick of going to this place and we always eem to find new and exciting things to do.   I will be going to see the new Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movie in 3D whilst I’m there…well I am back now but this post is scheduled and I haven’t been yet.  Confused?  You will be!  I’ve never seen a film in 3D before so I’m quite excitied.  Someone my husband knows said watching it in 3D was ‘better than real life!’  I thought all life was in 3D? lol!

Haworth Old Hall

Of course I have to spend one night in Haworth again….I think you know why.  As it was such a success last year, we are stopping at Haworth Old Hall and hope to have a super duper time.  We may even encounter the bat we saw last year!

Haworth Old Hall

PS

My new poem on Bookstains is called Last Impression

What I’m Reading at the moment; ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barber’s Tale’ by Chris Firth

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES with tags , , , , on October 24, 2009 by echostains

Branwell Brontes Barbers Tale by Chris Firth

Branwell Brontes Barbers Tale by Chris Firth

I am  in that inbetweeny period where I have no new books to read (sob) so I’m having to rely on old ones: ones I have read years ago, like ‘Samuel Pepys’ Diary’.  Occasionally I come across a book I’ve bought and for some reason or other, haven’t got round to reading.  Well, such an occurence happened today!  I found a bag I’d forgotten about containing reading matter!  The bag contained stuff we had bought on our recent visit to Haworth including a book called ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barbers Tale’ by Chris Firth, where apparently ‘Fiction collides with history…’ and it is a ‘literary thriller that will explode the Bronte myth’ according to the Bradford Observer June 12th 1867 (yes, that’s what it says on the back).  So great stuff, looking forward to reading this!  By the way, the book was entered for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2005.

The other reading material is in the form of an old ‘Everybody’s Weekly’ from the 1950s.  I thought it would be interesting to see the sort of fashion and advertisements that were going in the period I was born, and see exactly what has changed (me, obviously, lol!) and how much.  So plenty to be getting on with.  I will report my findings of the book an magazine when after I have read them.

300 Posts and Still Celebrating!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, MY SURFACES, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, TRANSCRIPTION, WATCHED, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by echostains

Celbrate with me!

Celbrate with me!

Let the celebrations continue – that’s what I say!  Amongst my categories are ‘Potty about Teapots’, this is where I try to find unusual teapots that have particularly unusual and aesthetically pleasing designs (in my opinion), or they are made from unusual materials.  ‘Bronte Bites’ are little snippets about the Bronte’s that I find interesting.  I don’t profess to be an expert on the Brontes, I leave that open to people who are:  I include the latest debate about a recently discovered picture that the owner James GorinVon Grozny is convinced is the Bronte sisters, he is amassing evidence to authenticate his claim, which is proving very interesting.

Are these the Bronte sisters?

Are these the Bronte sisters?

Other categories which are now more or less in the archives are places I have been, some of them short breaks, and one to Las Vegas.  These are quite extensive posts…especially Vegas and a London one (it’s amazing how much you can cram in a few days)

mosiac roman bath york

mosiac roman bath york

As I look back through my posts, I can see the character of my blog changing.  Although the blog is art based and most of the posts are about art (art is everywhere), I feel I must add some more art projects to it.  The obvious is my altered art book (which I am a bit stuck on at the moment).  The problem I’m having with this, is that I will insist in linking each page to an artist.  Well I’ve found the art connection with the narration on the latest page (it’s going to be an essay about Pop Art)…but it’s just getting round to this with so many other things to be getting on with.   I will have to make time!

New fodder will include a trip to Shrewsbury in Shropshire (coming very soon, so I’m scheduling posts as I speak).  This should be interesting as though we’ve been to Shropshire before, we’ve never been to Shrewsbury.

One Week – A summing up

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on September 20, 2009 by echostains

Choclatea tony Carter one of many past teapots I have featured in past weeks

Choclatea tony Carter one of many past teapots I have featured in past weeks

Well that time has come around yet again.  It’s Saturday evening when I’m typing this, but you’ll be (hopefully) reading this on Sunday, thanks to the scheduling tool.  As usual it’s a quick one as I have to work.  So really just a quick summing up of the week.

Sisters, could they be Bronte's?

Sisters, could they be Bronte's?

Mr Von Grosny lets us know how the quest to prove his painting is the REAL Charlotte Bronte (and her sisters) by Landseer  is coming along – with some interesting developments! HERE

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout...I think

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout...I think

I managed two ‘Weird and Whacky Design’, Baked bread with disastrous consequences…….. had a bit of a nosey at  Antony Gormley’s plinthers.  I found some new teapots, dreamed of chocolate bars I have eaten (how sad is that lol!) and reminisced about the Ingoldsby Legends……  More coming soon!!!!

Black Sheep Branwell: It wasn’t ALL Rock and Roll…

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on September 7, 2009 by echostains

Branwell Bronte self portrait

Branwell Bronte self portrait

It’s Sunday, so it’s just a quick post again. Whilst in Haworth I visited Branwell Bronte’s exhibition.  It’s a small one, but it at least affords us a more rounded picture of Patrick Bronte’s tragic son.  There were small water colours, poems both in tiny form and a more ordinary format.

branwell bronte sketch

branwell bronte sketch

Small plays and even Branwell’s wallet were displayed.  I couldn’t get an image of it, but it was larger than I thought….and probably empty for many a long year lol!

tiny tiny writing

tiny tiny writing

Amazingly, Branwell was once a member of the Temperance Society, and once presided! A couple of his Temperance cards are on display, signed by himself and his father Patrick.

More tomorrow

More of my recent posts relating to Haworth and the Bronte’s;-

Did the REAL Charlotte Bronte just stand up?

Staying at Wuthering Heights (as one does )

Haworth STILL wuthering and very much so

Wuthering Heights 2009 ITV version

Sex Drugs and Literature – Branwell Bronte gets his place in the sun

Staying at Wuthering Heights (as one does…..)

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by echostains

the old hall by day

the old hall by day

We stayed over night in Haworth for the first time.  It was wet and windy, living up to it’s wuthering reputation.  We stayed at Haworth Old Hall, built in the 1600s and full of atmosphere.  This was the original Wuthering Heights!  I’m talking about the very first  film  of Emily Bronte’s book, made in the 1920s of course.  Apparently this film has disappeared and the Bronte Society would very much like to get hold of it! Read about it HERE

the window above the door was our room.  You can well imagine this as Wuthering Heights!

the window above the door was our room. You can well imagine this as Wuthering Heights!

The place itself is full of character and serves wonderful meals.  Flag floors, stone, wooden floorboards, mullion windows and big fireplaces – what more could you want?  A bat did lose its way and fly through our window..but that only added to the visit!  We were assured that this was VERY unusual and NOT an everyday occurrence (I don’t want to put anyone off staying here – it’s fab and the staff and hosts are very friendly and generous!).  So I suppose that the bat must have been an omen of some sort meant just for us …hope it was a good one lol!

old Hall by nigth, a rainy one at that

old Hall by nigth, a rainy one at that

 

So many mysteries lately, disappearing films, visits from bats and the unearthing of a possible Bronte painting Lots to think about.

Haworth Old Hall – A Great place to stay, read about it HERE