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Beamish – More pics from the Open Air Museum!

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , , on August 29, 2009 by echostains

Beamish town

Beamish town

Still continuing with the pics from our Newcastle trip and more pictures of Beamish the open air museum set n the rolling countryside of County Durham.  We stopped off here on our way back to Manchester.  Although we spent most of the day there, we didn’t see half of the place, – it’s just vast and there wasn’t enough time.

Beamish kitchen range
Beamish kitchen range

The town part is amazing and you can go into all the buildings and shops.  There’s a bank, a printers, confectioners (who make home made sweets on the premises), unfortuately this was so packed out that we couldn’t get pictures.

 making firelighters
making firelighters

There’s a bank, a printers, a working pub, a Co Operative store.  There’s a garage and a tea rooms!  So much to see and not enough time to see it in.

Beamish typical Victorian Parlour
Beamish typical Victorian Parlour

As well as the town, there’s also Pockerly Manor.  I would have really liked to see that!  Also the colliery village, a home farm, a Waggonway, as well as a railway and museum!!!

Coming tomorrow – ‘Inside the shops of Beamish’

My previous posts about Beamish and the Newcastle trip

Still Beaming about Beamish

Beamish

Art at the Baltic: Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

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Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle):Yet Still Beaming about Beamish!

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , on August 28, 2009 by echostains

Beamish a trip down memory lane literally

Beamish a trip down memory lane literally

Continuing with our visit to Beamish, the open air museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside……………………….

Beamish step inside these houses
Beamish step inside these houses

It was all aboard the tram to see the town.  All the buildings are real, the houses are real houses and you can go into them and the shops.  Inside are people dressed in period costume talking about their trade, like Mr Jones the Dentist.  His house was a little more opulent than the others.

the nursery in Mr Jones house
the nursery in Mr Jones house

In one house a woman sat near a huge fire range baking bread, another making peg rugs from rags.   The attention to detail regarding the wallpaper and furnishings in these houses are astonishing.  Even the flowers for the cottage gardens have been chosen carefully!

Beamish step inside the past
Beamish step inside the past

 

More tomorrow!

More posts about our Newcastle trip;

Beamish

Art at the Baltic: Sarah Sze ‘Tilting Planet’

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

Teapots are Like a Box of Chocolates…. You Never Know What you’re gonna get

Posted in TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on May 18, 2009 by echostains

 

Choclatea tony Carter

Choclatea tony Carter

Tea pots have come a long long way from being purely functional vessels.   I came across these by  British potter Tony Carter.  There is somthing very British and quaint about these teapots which I find charming.

englishlife fireman tony carter

englishlife fireman tony carter

Maybe its the naivity of the faces that I find so cute?

englishlifewaitress by Tony Carter

englishlifewaitress by Tony Carter

Maybe it’s nostalgia for uniforms that offer service?  Service has changed and so have the uniforms….

englishlifeguard tony carter

englishlifeguard tony carter

This image and uniform is still going strong though.  Maybe it’s the continuity of tradition that draws me.  These designs are all full of charm anyway!

 

Clear the Decks and burn ‘em!

Posted in HOME, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA with tags , , on February 20, 2009 by echostains

good old coal fire

good old coal fire

Over the last couple of days we have been having a big clear out.  The rubbish we accumulate is amazing, also a bit frightening!  WHY?  We have now made several trips to the rubbish dump.  At out particular dump (I’ll call it ‘tip’ so as not to get confused with our house), everything is so orderly.  There is a space for everything: wood, metal and electricals, white ware, glass, even clothes.  Why can’t my home be like that?  We have burned a lot of stuff on the fire, especially paper.  Now this made me think of the days when we all had coal fires.  There was hardly anything in the bins, even the veg peelings were chucked on the fire.  I think that that could be the trouble nowadays.  There’s not many ways of getting rid of rubbish apart from tipping it.  The binmen are very careful about what they take now.  Even charity shops are careful about what they take, especially soft furnishings like suites, which have to have flame retardent.  Even wooden furniture has to have this now or they won’t take it.  This happened to a relative who ended chopping up a beautiful dining table and upholstered chairs.  I dare say someone would have been very glad of them…but alas no takers.  People become suspicious about getting something for nothing, it appears.

Hovis stands still as time marches on…and on

Posted in HOME with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by echostains

Fresh Hovis mmmmmm

Fresh Hovis mmmmmm

I love that new Hovis advert!  You know the one? where the lad races through time to deliver the Hovis?  I like the way the ad gets across that the world has changed (since Hovis was first invented) BUT Hovis has stayed the same.  I like the sense of continuity.  Continuity makes me feel secure.  Change may be exciting in a nail biting way (unless it’s gradual and you hardly notice – as in the Hovis continuity) but there’s no security in drastic change  is there? 

Old Hovis advertising sign

Old Hovis advertising sign

Here’s the Masterpiece itself! complete with Dvoraks New Symphony

Here’s that man going up that hill on his bike, bringing the Hovis home……  did this really happen?

hovis its worth the exertion

hovis its worth the exertion

 

I don’t think Hovis has changed much at all.  I still love it and always will, unless they start putting sawdust in it…….. I also wasn’t surprised that Hovis makes Nimble, miles better than other slimming bread.

 

Hominis vis (which means ‘the strength of man’) er AND WOMEN mate!

Altered art book: page 12 By the light of the Silvery Moon furtively

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2009 by echostains

page-11-and-12

 

 

page-11-and-12

My scanner is now out of action.  It was playing up the other day, now it’s completely packed in.  I have  had to take a photo of these pages, with not much success. but anyway …….

Page 12, the words chosen were: –

‘He hid his own fears and wishes and only took them out in private under the eye of the moon.’

A childhood memory flashed up.  I was counting money and the moon was shining though the window.   I saved my pocket money up in an old French coffee bean tin.   It was blue and white striped.  There was something about this tin that was exotic and ooh la la.  I hid the tin away, only taking it out when the moon was full.  I had heard that if you turned your silver over when it was a new moon, your money would increase! 

This is wrapped up in superstition and also fear.  It is the compulsive feeling that if you DON’T do something, something bad will happen.  Being told that Santa won’t come unless you go to sleep…then not being to be able to get to sleep because you are too excited, then panicking!!  

page-12-moon

page-12-moon

Although not very clear, the moon I made is actually silver.  A coffee tin hangs from it, followed by a small silver charm of a handbag. 

Media used: ink, oil pastel, silver card, photocopies, ribbon, charm

 

Altered art book: page 11 Walk a life in my shoes

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2009 by echostains
page-11-walking through childhood

page-11-walking through childhood

The words I picked out were; –

‘They walked through their childhood’

The idea of walking through childhood is of course associated with memories: nostalgia for what has been.  My immediate thought was childhood toys, until the shoes hit me that is.  How many pairs of shoes do we go through in life I wonder?  What about past lives? all those shoes!  One CANNOT have enough shoes…… or enough lives?

page-11-shoes detail

page-11-shoes detail

I scribbled these hastily on a prepared white background.  The idea of walking in different shoes puts me in mind of Reincarnation, doing unto others as they would do to us, role reversal and of course following in our Forefathers footsteps.  Is there a purpose? is there a pattern? or is life just a repetition of what has gone before? (in our personal sphere)

I have quite a few artists in mind, associated with this page, but they will have to wait until tomorrow.

Media used; ink,wax crayon, watercolour paint, print, mock snakeskin paper