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!)
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.
One of the most popular destinations in the English Lake District is Keswick on Derwentwater. I recently saw a Tweet commenting on how little geography people in London know. Someone on the BBC had said, “Keswick near Kendal”. Perhaps they should drive (or take the bus) from Kendal to Keswick. It is a lovely scenic route. The road has been repaired to a very high standard following last winter’s floods.
A recent outing to Keswick included a walk each way along the shore of Derwentwater, through Hope Park and round the town, where the Go Herdwick ewe and lamb trails were in full swing. I have mentioned this art event here and here. It is a fund-raising project for the Calvert Trust. I bought the two guides to the trails. One is a map with all the ewes pictured. The other is designed for children and has the lambs. I was sold it by mistake and passed it on to a friend with children, who is likely to make good use of it.
Here are some of the photos I took. (Mouse hovering brings up the captions.)
On a sunny day in June we decided to visit a free art exhibition in the Harbour Gallery at The Beacon in Whitehaven. The Beacon is situated near the harbour and I took some photos there before and after our visit. One has already appeared on this blog for a photo challenge. We had to use a temporary entrance at the rear of the building due to building work in progress.
Two local artists Jenni Payne, a founder member of Florence Printmakers and textile artist Angela Strange, staged the exhibition. It is entitled Yan Tyan Tethera: Sheep and wool exhibition and continues until 10th July 2016. Opening times may be found on the website for the Beacon.
Yan Tyan Tethera by Angela Strange
Fine felt with an exotic influence
Yan Tyan Tethera is Cumbrian for 1,2,3. Jenni Payne’s pictures (in the background of my photos) all have Cumbrian numbers in their titles. Her pictures of sheep are well worth seeing. Angela Strange’s exhibits are made from wool. Some of her felt is extremely delicate. I had not realised that felt could be so fine.
Looking towards the beacon
Start of the coast to coast cycle ride
Whitehaven harbour has an interesting history. It was a busy port before Liverpool overtook it in size. Exports and imports through Whitehaven have included coal, chemicals and rum. Nowadays it is used mainly for fishing and leisure, but there are many signs and reminders of its past.