Monday, May 26, 2008

Mind the Gap

Hello all! Sorry for the gap in postings, but I've been away. I was in London all last week. I had a lovely time. We visited an old university friend of my husband's who we haven't seen for years. He and his wife live just outside of London in the leafy suburbs. Although he commutes to the north of England 4 days out of 7. A much faster and more affluent lifestyle than ours, but I don't I would swap.

Then we went into London proper, and we had a great hotel right beside the Embankment, near the National Theatre and Tate Modern. We went to see an exhibition on Duchamp, Man Ray and Picabia . It was full of humour and an amazing range of exhibits, they were all using every piece of technology that was available at the time, to create their works, including virtually inventing ready-made art.

We also went up in the London Eye, which was brave of me as I'm not keen on sheer drops, but it felt so solid and yet bubble-like that I really enjoyed it, and I had fun with the camera.

Then it was on to Chelsea Flower Show. We went early and saw most things before it got too crowded and zoo-like. I'm still editing the shots that I took, but I really didn't try too hard, as a tripod was out of the question and there was little or no room to compose a shot, so I decided just to enjoy looking with only my eyes for a change. The big tent is fantastic and the small specialist growers are great to talk to. I came home with seeds for show primula auriculas and a NZ Libertia - which will take up to 4 years to germinate and flower - so there's optimism for you.

I now have workmen in the house until Thursday and everything is in uproar, so I'll look in when I can.

The photo is of one of the merchandise stalls, which was full of chinoiserie.


Blogger Cailleach said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant time down in London. Jealous of you at Chelsea, it looks fab, but busy, on TV. Another one of those places I'd love to go to, and write about. I must try the London eye one of these days - maybe the next time I visit with Debi and Minx on the London blog-meets... hope you'll show some shots soon :)

10:39 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Glad you had a good time. I really like that picture, it would make a good painting. When we were in New Zealand, Tom took quite a few photos of ready-made compositions in shop windows, garden centres, galleries etc. They were a nice record.

8:39 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thank you both. I took one or two good things. But my son is dominating the pc right now, chatting to girlfriend in the USA -so my time for editing is limited. He goes away in ten days so I'll get more time then. Hotel room was on 17th floor and lack of sleep meant I saw some spectacular sunrises over St Pauls and the Gherkin

12:01 pm  
Blogger PI said...

My God gel no wonder you are exhausted!

11:19 pm  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

Sounds like a blast. I gotta get on that Eye sometime. Sometime after a couple of stiff gins.

9:02 pm  

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