Scottish sojourn…blog update

Before the hustle and bustle…and stress of installing Connecting Threads at the Charnwood Museum in Loughborough next week we decided to have a week’s R and R; so we took ourselves off to The Barn at The Bakery in Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland – probably not the obvious choice in March – but we only had one day that was a wash out! The journey home was another matter…

The Barn is perfectly placed for exploring the glens and lochs of the area as well as the beautiful Solway coast. The view from the back garden isn’t bad either and the neighbours aren’t much trouble!

View from The Barn

The neighbours!











It goes without saying that the weather plays a large part in shaping the landscape and as we explored the beautiful countryside I fell in love with the moss-covered stonewalls – nature reclaiming mans’ intervention!

Moss-covered stone walls

Forest plantations abound in this area and even though we couldn’t help noticing that there were lots of dead trees, it was fascinating to see that, even in their dead (or in some cases, dormant) state nature still saw fit to decorate them with lichens – sparkling in the watery sunshine like a faded christmas tree.

Lichen decorated trees

Brighouse Bay on the Solway coast is gorgeous; a great place for a stroll and a bit of beach-combing – oh the driftwood – if only we had a bigger car!

Brighouse BayNear a waterfall called Grey Mare’s Tail (I think) we found this fantastic moss covered tree that looked as if it had been placed across the water in some Andy Goldsworthy type intervention – beautiful!

Tree across the water

We even managed a couple of picnics – one at Brighouse Bay, and one when we had travelled over the glen. All in all we had a great week in Scotland – I even managed to get my paints out! On the way home though we experienced every type of weather imaginable – snow, wind, hail, rain and sunshine with the obligatory rainbow! Although it made for hazardous driving conditions at times, it did provide some fantastic scenes across the North Pennines and down through the Yorkshire Dales!

North Pennines

Yorkshsire DalesNow I’m home and it’s only a week before we start installing the exhibition! Along with a last minute trip to the museum, I am now in the process of ensuring all the signs are ready, ‘blurb’ done, mirror plates on photos…all those things that can be done at home in order to speed up the installation process. It’s about this time that I begin to hope that everything still works…

Connecting Threads will be at The Charnwood Museum in Loughborough from 5th April – 1st June – if you are in the area do pop in!


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