|Posted by cmgaylard on April 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM|
The Blue Mosque, awe-inspiring beauty and calm, I'm beyond pleased to have been.
|Posted by cmgaylard on March 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM|
From our time in Thailand, have I said this before? Apparently broken China was used as ballast by trading ships, then up-cycled into splendid mosaic if it reached Thailand.
|Posted by cmgaylard on February 5, 2015 at 3:50 PM|
We do manage to hit Camden Market on the good days. This time in quest of DMs and a bowler hat, neither for me.
|Posted by cmgaylard on February 5, 2015 at 3:35 PM|
This Piper/Reyntiens collabaration is quietly resplendent in Aldeburgh Parish Church. stunning colours and lyrical lines that don't do the other windows in the church many favours. The church looks out onto the sea and Britten and Pears rest in the graveyard. LOvely place.
|Posted by cmgaylard on October 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM|
A monochrome cornucopia of the elaborate, unabashed and splendid. We hit Austria, Germany and France this summer and these are fountains in the grounds of 'Mad King' Ludwig's replica of Versailles on lake Chiemsee. He only spent a night here before being assasinated and reading between the lines he may have been taken out...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on October 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM|
My sister-in-law Jane (AKA JaneMactats) made a special trip from the other side of the world and has left us with armfulls of the work of her hands, filigree tatting, hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand knitted objects. We have watched with great pleasure as flowers and garlands seemed to grow from her fingertips.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM|
To a new studio/workshop! Many reasons but amongst them the following conversation: 'Do you teach lampwork glass classes?', 'Not at the moment but leave me your contact details.' 'I did that THREE YEARS AGO!'. Plus numerous requests for sales hours, the option of renting torch time and etc.
Last time I taught flamework was in Singapore. My current studio in an ancient house has been lovely but not entire...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM|
We went to see the magnificent set of Tudor portraits at the National Portrait Gallery before seeing Mantel's 'Bring up the Bodies' by the RSC. So genuine Holbeins and magnificent power statements by the main protaganists of the play, followed by watching the characters duking it out on stage. That's the way to do it. This nig...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM|
Went to see the RSC staging of Wolf Hall and are off to see Bring Up the Bodies next. I was intrigued to see how such a richly descriptive and complex novel could be compacted into a play. In fact one of the most striking aspects of the production was the intense choreography and clever staging of every scene and interaction, not a wasted inch of stage or moment and a constant sense of movement.
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM|
Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay at Easter. Cliff walks, fossils in the shale and astonishing, dropaway roads that yield moments of rollercoaster fear and exhilaration.
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM|
The lovely 18thC folly on the terrace above Rievaulx Abbey.
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM|
Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire, hidden in a deep, wide valley and on a perfect, spring day in Easter Week. National Trust and English Heritage have got a Judgement of Solomon thing going on....one owning the abbey and grounds and the other, magnificent views from a hilltop terrace. A very peaceful place.
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM|
We visited Inchmahome Priory on an island in Scotland this summer and were struck by the conversational quality of this couple and their heraldic pets. Here's to the next nineteen years!
|Posted by cmgaylard on February 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM|
Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathederal in the same day. Between torrential bouts of rain. Two remarkable structures, and on that day we did enjoy the fact that one had a roof. A superb roof.
|Posted by cmgaylard on February 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM|
|Posted by cmgaylard on January 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM|
Well this won't mean much to anyone who hasn't rejoiced in having children over the last decade and a half or so....but we believe we tracked down the Gruffalo's ancestor, immortalised in stained glass at Ely Cathederal. There is nothing new under the sun.
|Posted by cmgaylard on January 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM|
I did my teaching practice at the high school in Ely, that strange cathederal city in the middle of the fens. I then did an art residency at the school which meant going into the cathederal sketching for a couple of weeks then using the school facilities to make art. A very peaceful and fortunate time. I haven't been back in o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM|
Some of our photos from Venice earlier this year for an instant colour fix.
|Posted by cmgaylard on September 1, 2013 at 5:55 AM|
We watched the recent Choccywoccydoodah reality series and enjoyed the baroque, seaside-postcard, rock-and-roll madness of their cakes and working processes. Then hunted down thei Carnaby St shop (amongst other things) as part of a birthday treat and window shopped. The rationale being that it was a feast for the eyes.
|Posted by cmgaylard on August 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM|
An ancient, little village church that has seen a lot of history. Plenty of empty niches but some fine angels still support the rafters. A brief and lively exhibition of art opened today and runs until this Sunday. Some cases of my glass alongside monumental sculptures, iconic Suffolk scenes, a single Maggie Hambling and choice portraits of pedigree livestock....Read Full Post »