Saturday, 20 October 2018

Fallen in love with Carlton Towers.

It was a nice day yesterday so I went a walk. Drove to Snaith, parked and did a nine mile circular walk taking in Carlton and Camblesforth. I had often seen signs for Carlton Towers, but never had time to stop and take a look. Walking through the big iron gates and down the long drive with sheep grazing nearby, this stunning building put a big smile on my face. WOW, oh chuffin WOW.  
It's a Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic house, and stands in a 250 acre estate. I took lots of photo's and always reject the worst of them, but there was hardly a bad one among these, that's why there are a lot of them. 

A quick peek inside, wow, what an entrance hall.

Trying to look a bit dressy when I'm walking, instead of the scruff bag I usually am  :o)

This reminds me of the poppy cascades that are draped over prominent buildings. They are not a patch on this beautiful adornment courtesy of Mother Nature.

Time to leave, just one last look over my shoulder. Wonder if I could afford to stay here for a night. More information on the Carlton Towers web site. 

Off I went along tracks and quiet country roads. Passing Drax Power Station.

I entered a gate which led to a track alongside a field, and noticed that a farmer on his tractor came in behind me a few seconds later. A whole herd of cows came charging down the track towards me which stopped me dead. I was relieved when they turned to their left and entered the field through a gap in the hedge. They were after the food that the farmer had brought for them. Blimey, they can't half run.

I waited a few minutes until they were all behind the hedge and off I went, picking my way between muddy puddles. A few minutes later the farmer caught me up and stopped at the gate of the next field where there was another gang of hungry cows waiting for their nosh. I was all set to go in when the friendly farmer chappie decided to escort me across the field. The cows followed us to the other side. I have come across this situation many times before, nine times out of ten there is nothing to worry about. Each situation needs to be assessed for safety. Mostly cows are just curious, they follow you because they are interested. If you turn around to face them they stop dead in their tracks. Keep calm, walk away from them, do not run or you might stumble and fall over. I love cows. Thank you Mr Farmer.

I got back to my car just as the sun was going down. I had to get a photo so drove in the wrong direction for half a mile to take this. The icing on the cake after a fab afternoon out.

I timed it just right to call in at Tesco on the way in, my fridge is now stocked up with yellow stickers. I'll post a pic next time.  ilona

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Happy with my utilities bill.

Look what popped through the door yesterday, my utilities bill. Looks alright to me. Figures tally up, I put the readings into Ebico web site. I think the July one must have been a bit late, they have estimated that, but no matter, I checked the figures against those I wrote on the calendar and the estimates are very close. 

Looks like my usage is almost the same as a year ago.

Not much difference between this quarter and the previous one.

If I was to go Direct Debit I could save a bit, but I am not willing to hand over my bank details to them. I can recover what I would have saved from other places. Swings and roundabouts.

Now off to the pop up Post Office in the church to pay this, it closes in an hour.  ilona

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

All good stuff

Mediterranean diet? Nope, Scunthorpe diet. Salad leaves, cucumber, tomato, avocado, rice, and mushrooms. Luverly lunch today. Home food is a million times better than eating out, and a lot cheaper.  
Helen came this morning for a coffee and chat, now I'm going outside.  ilona

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Very clever art.

There's a smashing exhibition on at 20 21 Arts Centre in Scunthorpe at the moment. Maia Weerdmeester is a previous winner of the Open exhibition, and was invited back for her own solo exhibition. Her art is stunning, who would think that thousands of fine straight lines of many colours could be turned into something quite amazing.  
From a distance it looks like threads.

Close up it is tempting to touch, just to make sure that what you are seeing are painted lines.

These are practice pieces, wrapped threads.

Small practice pieces.

Sketchbook practice.

The day by day plan of making the big piece.

 A journal of how the art is made, from start to finish.

I wouldn't have the patience for this, it's all very clever. Not a smudge or a blob anywhere, just perfect straight lines. Now I must get on with my own art.  ilona

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Something to hang on the wall

I fancied doing some weaving. I drilled some holes one inch apart through a piece of driftwood then threaded some twine through them. The idea was to leave the ends loose and finish off the bottom with wooden beads. But then I wondered how I was going to weave if all the warps were loose. 
I came up with this idea. Luckily the piece of wood was was just the right length to wedge it between the legs of an upturned small table. 

At the other end I wrapped the twine around the bar, and fastened them tight with plastic clips. Perfect, now I can weave.

I've just finished it today. I used up some scraps of fabric left over from other projects. I decided that the beads at the bottom was not going to work, so I tied another piece of driftwood to it.

The extra large buttons I got from Aldi. They were selling big bags of mixed sizes for around 70p. Each bag had two main colours. Blue and green, orange and yellow, and red and pink.

Hanging on the wall, the sides have pulled in a bit, but not too bad.

I didn't drill holes in the bottom piece of wood, just tied the twine round it and let the ends dangle.

I made it up as I went along. I have used plain grey fabric to cover up the untidy back.  It's 12 inches wide and 17 inches long. Looks quite nice.  ilona