Another Lego exhibition

The models, which are displayed in Lego exhibitions, are designed by professional Lego artists.  I was amazed by the attention to detail in the models at the Bricks in Time exhibition at Rheged.  This summer exhibition tells English history in Lego models and  ends on 4 September.  If you have missed it, perhaps there will be a chance to see it somewhere else.  (Brick City at The Beacon, Whitehaven continues for another week.)  The wonderfully decorated Herdwick sheep are going to be at Rheged soon prior to their auction in aid of the Calvert Trust.  I spotted a few in various locations in Cumbria including one at Rheged.  (Actually hubby spotted this one!)

North Cumbria
North Cumbria
South Cumbria
South Cumbria

There are lots of pictures of the Lego models of The Flying Scotsman online.  Although I took lots of photos, I am only going to post the ones I took of a Victorian street.  The details impressed me.  Look out for the people’s hats.  The milliner on the street must be doing well.  There was a child with a hoop – a popular game.  The pavement alone was a work of art.

Fun with Lego

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post, Fun, was issued the day I visited a Lego exhibition.  Lego is featured in two exhibitions that I know of in Cumbria this summer.  There is a big exhibition at Rheged, which includes a steam locomotive and Brick City at The Beacon, Whitehaven.  At Brick City there are buildings from around the world (including a few from London) built from Lego.  It continues until 11th September 2016, a week after the Rheged exhibition closes.

Apart from bare-footed  people who have trodden on a Lego brick, is there anyone who does not agree that Lego is fun?

St Pancras Station, front view
St Pancras Station, front view

 

An outing to Acorn Bank

The day I decided to create this blog was coincidentally the 2nd anniversary of starting Sue’s Trifles.  Hubby and I went to Acorn Bank, a National Trust property we had only visited on one occasion several years previously.

On the way we stopped at another visitor attraction, Rheged.  We were aware that there was a photographic exhibition, which we were interested in.  It was our first visit to Rheged, although we know many people, who have enjoyed visiting it.  The exhibition was Herdwick: A Portrait of Lakeland, which continues until 19 April 2015.

The building, which houses many small shops and function rooms, is innovative and the exhibition was fascinating.  There were also good views from the exhibition room.

Acorn Bank
Acorn Bank

We pressed on to Acorn Bank, arriving in time to enjoy lunch in the tea room.  After lunch we looked around the sheltered gardens, before putting on our boots and topcoats for a longer walk.  My header photo is of the daffodils in the garden.

The house is now open to the public, but it is mainly unfurnished.  It was interesting to learn that a previous resident had a number of published books to her name.  Dorothy Una Ratcliffe was an author and poet.  Guided tours were on offer, but we wanted to enjoy the sunshine, so looked around quickly without joining one.

DSC_0019It was a beautiful spring day. We explored the watermill and its associated waterways.  The paths were good, but we did make a detour across farm land, enjoying distant views and seeing some coltsfoot in flower.  It was only a detour; we knew how to get found again!

Bird feeder
Bird feeder

We also spent some time sitting in a wildlife hide.  Hubby took some pleasing snaps of blue tits on a feeder.  I only snapped a feeder – but I do claim the credit for alerting him to the birds.

Outside the hide we had already seen some garden birds, as well as a mallard duck and drake, a nuthatch and perhaps two individual tree-creepers.

I experimented with my phone, taking about seventeen photos, two of which I deleted later.  There are only a few I wish to share here.

It was on the way home, admiring the spectacular scenery in changing late afternoon light, that I realised I could not wait until after April to share my words and pictures with the world.  I needed a new blog!

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