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Dalby Forest 2: The Nissen Hut

Rachel Whiteread's Nissen Hut

Ever since seeing Cathy’s post about Rachel Whiteread’s, I was looking forward to seeing it. Cathy’s post sparked off a lively and forthright debate about what her readers thought of it and whether it is indeed ‘Art’, if you follow the link you can go to the comments and see what we all had to say about it.

I am a fan of Rachel Whiteread and her work, you can see other posts I’ve written about it, here, here , here and here.Nissen Hut by Rachel Whiteread

It’s not easy to sum up why I relate to her work, but I think it is about the way she gives the small, seemingly trivial aspects of human activity, construction and development a monumental quality. She uses real objects that show the marks of time and use and sets them in a monotone, permanent structure that gives us a chance to explore the details in a new way, and think about the hands that created the original structure and all that it connects to.broken windows

To me this is a war memorial that does not speak of the military, hierarchy or grand gestures, this commemorates Peter Nissen, the man who designed a pracitcal solution to a required need, during the First World War. Rachel WhitereadThe sculpture remembers the men who constructed it and lived in it and it connects us to those who constructed other Nissen huts over decades and all the different uses they have been put to. This one also commemorates the men who worked for the forestry and planted the forest it sits within. It commemorates time passing with the flaws and evidence of decay. It is the only permanent public piece in Britain of this, our most successful living female sculptor, it relates to all her other works throughout the world.mesh window

Making art is not only about making something that looks nice. Nissen SculptureIf it causes one to think about things in a different way it has done its job. broken windowsWithout knowing the story of this sculpture it would be difficult to appreciate what on earth it is doing in the forest.wooden planks, Rachel Whiteread

That is the same for most art – if we don’t want to discover more about it, we can just walk on by, but taking time to discover the story is, for me, an enriching, thought provoking and sometimes emotional experience.

corrugated, Rachel Whiteread

Here is a link to a short video about this sculpture

an article about the sculptor’s family connection,  her grandfather was a conscientious objector.

Not everyone will see it in the same way and all views are valid. Some of the locals were very much against it. I’d love to know what you think.

So that is the ‘deep and meaningful’ bit – now for a bit of silliness

In Cathy’s original post she wondered if the Nissen Hut would attract graffitti,  and Tialys’s comment prompted this quickly scrawled temporary bit of graffitti.

graffitti Nissen Hut

We was

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and you can see a few more pics on this post of Cathy’s.

As we left it was getting dark and the sculpture took on a quiet ghostly glow through the trees

Rachel Whiteread

 

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Dalby Forest: 1

One of the best days in Yorkshire was when Cathy took me on a favourite walk of hers in Dalby Forest, to the Bridestones, you can see a map and description here.

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We climbed up through the woods

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and were both in awe of the colours, especially the larches

larch, autumn

Which are particularly gorgeous this year

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I can just imagine one of Kate Davies’ designs knitted in the colours above

Yorkshire, Dalby Forest

My hair used to be the colour of that bracken! Seems like another life entirely.

Dalby Forest, Bridestones

North Yorkshire

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We arrived at the top where the Bridestones are.

Now this stoneYorkshire is referred to as the Pepperpot, but to me she was an old lady, maybe the wise old matchmaker calling Coooo-eeeeeeeee, down the valley

Bridestone

this is her view

Bridestones

A little further along there is an Elf’s tunnel, I had to squat right down low to get this picture, a 3 year old could just about walk through it, and elves of course.

Elf's tunnel

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now down into the valley

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where we could hear a squawking bird

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With a wonderful free App on my phone ‘Chirp’ I could identify it as a Jay, then we saw the Jay flitting through the trees, sounding very perturbed about something – like this

looking back

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and nearly back to the car now

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Oh what a fabulous walk.

Click on any photo to see it full screen.

The day was not over    ………

off we went to see Rachel Whiteread’s Nissen Hut …………

 

 

Whitby

I know I said we would be off to Dalby Forest in this post – but I was getting ahead of myself – my thoughts and memories of my trip are still in a glorious jumble!

So instead we are off to Whitby! On our first jaunt, Cathy took me across the moors to this fascinating place. We parked near the harbour – rich in photographic opportunities

lobster pots

tall ship

turquoise

and headed for the restaurant famous for it’s fish and chips: The Magpie Cafe The Magpie Cafe, Whitby

What a location! Standing on those steps one looks straight across the harbour to St Mary’s ChurchSt Mary's Church Whitby

see the mouthwatering menufish dish

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We found the perfect spot to sit – what a view …. just had to take another photoWhitby

And here’s the food shot – just for you Sheila!

I went for the top one on the menu, Cathy enjoyed the house speciality.fishdish

Yum YuMmmmmmmm!

Now for a walk along the Pier to use up a few of those calories, passing by a Dracula Emporium on the way – there is a very Gothic air to Whitby. You can find out more about the Dracula connection here. I’m rather glad I missed Halloween!

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The day was overcast adding to the Gothic atmosphere, from the pier we looked along the coastcoast

and back towards the church and castle

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and then for a brief dramatic moment – ta dah! The sun lit up the church!

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The church was our next destination, so we headed back into town, across the bridge passing lots of intriguing little alleyways and shops

 

and up the 199 stepsDSC_0486

From the top we could see where we had been on the PierWhitby

St Mary’s is the most extraordinary church I have ever been inside. I was so overcome by its vast size, and extravagant style that I didn’t take many photos, I was agog. It was filled with Box Pews – hundreds of them, no open pews, and they filled not only the huge floorspace but they went on up into the raftersDSC_0493

Apparently it can seat over 2,000 people! I wonder when that last happened.

Intriguing and bizarre

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See more from Google images here.

If you want to read more about it the Whitby Museum website is a good place to start. A most extraordinary place.

We did not have time to look at the nearby Abbey on that occasion – the days at this time of year are so short!

We made a quick visit to Robin Hoods Bay, where there is a very weird, and I would say ugly, sculpture to celebrate the Millenium. Neither of us could make any sense of. It was so bizarre that I could not get a photo of it that made any sense either. You can  read about it here and see more images here.

We drove back with the low light giving a glow to the magnificent autumn colours. What a fabulous day, we had such a good time, chatting happily away all day long. I’m so very grateful to Cathy for taking me to these weird and wonderful places.

Thank you Cathy!

 

 

The Joys of Whistle Stop Cottage

Whistle Stop Cottage, Newbridge, Nr. Pickering is a gem. I found it through Air BnB,

click on the link to see photos.

It was right by the Steam Railway line and at the time I was there there was always some activity to be seen whilst they were carrying out necessary maintenance.

North Yorkshire steam railway

The above picture was taken at the bottom of the garden.

The one below taken from my bedroom window.

track maintenance

The machine seemed to be levelling the gravel underneath and beside the tracks. There was much laughter and friendly banter going on for most of the day. railway

Walking to the end of the row of cottages brought you to a path

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that went over the railway in front of another row of cottagesDSC_0489

steam railway and into the woods beyond

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Following this path through the woods I could get to Pickering in about 15 minutes

Such a delightful walk

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Then just before you got to the station you could cross the railway again and walk back along the path and see all the vintage carriages waiting to be of service.

vintage carriages

Then along by the river

autumn colours

over a stone stile and pass by a row of dwellings where a lovely gazebo awaited

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summer gatherings on balmy nights under the fairy lights, a few bottles of wine and warm conversation.

Then back along the path to the cottage,

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What a delightful walk to the shops.

There was filming going on at the stationIMG_2296

 

 

 

 

Lights, camera, action! I saw hustle and bustle but nothing very interesting exceptsteam train when the train was puffing by and helicopters swooped over headvintage train

look at these fabulous old wooden carriagesvintage carriages

rolling stock, wooden

And after all that excitement, at the end of the day, I could cosy up,  light the fire and carry on with my collage …… mmmmmmmm bliss!

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I was so happy in that cottage and got to chat with a few of my neighbours there, a little hamlet of about 10 houses. I would have been happy to stay for much longer.

In the next post you wll be coming on a trip to Dalby Forest with me and Cathy, to see that Nissen Hut.

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Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ photo challenge.

hosted now by Son of a Beach.

Click on the photos to see them full screen.

 

Bloggers on the loose in Yorkshire

Oh I had such a wonderful time in Yorkshire!

What a beautiful county! And Autumn was showing it off to perfection. autimn colour

The very best bit, of course, was meeting up with Nanacathy!

We even tried a selfie!

 

This was taken with Whitby castle in the background.

 

When I got home, I took a while to ‘land’, recover from all that driving and order my thoughts. My mind was in such a happy spin from everything I did, saw, experienced and photographed, it was hard to put things down in any coherent order. And to be truthful I didn’t really want to – I wanted to stay in that blur of delight for as long as I could!

I do want to share it all with you though – oh yes – so much, and I have been having mini conversations with you all about it.

Where to start – eek! Here I get all excited again and thoughts jump up and down and jostle for attention.  Calm………

Firstly I’ll tell you my itinerary:

I left on Thursday, 1st November and drove to Nuffield Place, where I made a brief stop for lunch and to take photos of ‘Patina’ – here I fell for a guy called W. Morris (of Morris Minor car fame – NOT William Morris of Arts and Crafts fame) and his wife, Elizabeth. Now I am in shock – I was searching for a link so that we could all learn a bit more of this philanthropic pair only to discover that he was in fact a paedophile. I am endlessly saddened by discovering such things. I nearly did not mention this but out of respect for Ann Vaughan, and the Me Too Movement, I felt it only right. (I will amend my previous post about Nuffield Place) Perhaps he made such generous donations to assuage his guilt – many people benefitted hugely from his financial generosity, but many suffered untold pain.

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Then onwards to Coventry and a most fabulous 3 days Mixed Media Collage Workshop tutored by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach – so much to tell you about that, it will have a future post of its own.

On Monday 5th November, I drove to North Yorkshire where my home for the week was the cute, quaint and cosy Whistle Stop Cottage, which I can highly recommend.

On Tuesday morning Cathy came round for a cuppa! Oh joy!!!! We got on so well as I knew we would, it felt like we had been meeting up for a chat over the kitchen table for years! We had such fun planning our week, Cathy was keen to show me her gorgeous county and had taken into account the things I had mentioned I would like to do and see. Yorkshire Moors

1.The Moors    2. The coast   3. The WW1 Hearts Exhibition  4. Go for a walk  5. Rachel Whitereads’s Nissen Hut.

On Wednesday I met Mr E who has a delightfully wry sense of humour and after a cuppa and a chat, Cathy and I left for Whitby via the most popular bus journey in the UK

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It was a bit breezy up thereDSC_0465

But the moors were looking spectacular in their autumn garb, and under the clouds they were moody and magnificent. I loved the feeling of looking across that vast expanse – we don’t get views like that in Dorset.DSC_0464

But just like Dorset, around a corner a new atmosphere is created by a river cutting through, creating beautiful valleys. What a drive it is.

Onwards to Whitby and a delicious lunch – more in a future post.

Thursday was spent pootling about in my cosy cottage doing collage – aaaah! joy!

On Friday Cathy picked me up and off we went for a wonderful walk in Dalby ForestDSC_0491 and to see the Concrete Nissen Hut (more about both later)Rachel Whiteread, nissen hut, Yorkshire

Saturday was a sunny day of wandering around Pickering and more collage

On Sunday, Armistice Day Cathy, Mr E and I all went to the WW1 Hearts Exhibition, in Scarborough, which was very moving and somewhat overwhelming. commemorative hearts, 11.11.2018

Monday was spent finishing off some collages, packing and popping round to say a fond farewell to Cathy and Mr E.

I had such a wonderful time and Cathy was so very generous with her time and Tour Guide expertise – I’m looking forward to telling you more about it all in future posts.

On Tuesday I set off on an epic 5 hour drive across country to stay with a friend in Gloucestershire and then home on Wednesday.

I had such a fabulous time away and returned in a happy glow – I’m looking forward to filling out the details some more in future posts.

Walktober

Inspired by Eliza’s post, I set off with Miss E, Master R and Little Miss M to record our walk yesterday, a glorious October morning.

setting out

This Autumn is truly deliciously spectacular.

Little Miss M reminded me to put Strava on so that we could record our distance to add to our target of 500 miles.

This is one of our favourite walks and we have been doing it since they were all babies, but it has been a long time since we were here  ….

….. imagine their delight when they spied the river and remembered the swing!

bridge, river, country walk

Miss E was first to get there

ford in the river

But of course they all had a turnrope swing  I think we could have stayed there all daypaddling, rope swing

whilst they explored in their own inimitable waysbridge

walks are never dull with this lot!

But we had to cover some ground if Little Miss M and I are going to reach our goal – onward.walktober

and upward.

Whilst they were looking at the cows and chatting together I went up ahead

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wait for us Granny!

sunken lane

old tree

There is something magical about sunken lanes lined with old knarled trees, contorted by their history

is this one a camel?camel?

or a hare?

face in a tree

Fairy fungi everywhere – we had to look up the name of this one – Fly Agaric

fly agaric

and do you think this one might be the rare: Iodine Bolete

fungi for elves

It looked the perfect home for an evil elf!

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At the top of the hill we found coconut-scented gorse flowers to nibble and were treated to some glorious viewsDSC_0485

Here we sat for a drink and a snack. We all thought of three words each to describe our walk so far, and as we walked on the children composed little poems using the words – it all got very giggly as they created weird and wonderful rhymes.

And then we found ourselves in a prickly gorse tunnel where the path had become overgrowngorse

I was hoping it would end and we would come out on clear path so we battled on for quite a way getting stabbed with prickles and feeling like badgers in the undergrowth. We sent Master R ahead to see if there was light at the end of the tunnel – but no – we had to turn back and make our way back the way we had come.

glorious view

Our batteries fully recharged by the wonderful views, the sunshine and that blue sky

sunken lane

Oh the joy of autumn sunshine through trees and walking the sunken lanes.

Happy sigh!

Back to the car and Little Miss M and I checked Strava. We had added 2.4 miles to our total. We have now done 54 miles – only 446 to go!

I hope you enjoyed scampering along with us.

I’m joining Robin at Breezes at Dawn for her annual Walktober Gathering

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Silent Sunday: St.Catherine’s Chapel

St. Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury