Sunday, 6 October 2013

END OF THE SEASON TICKET


A couple of weeks ago, in a feature about Britain's best views, the Guardian newspaper included this glimpse of Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, in North Yorkshire. It just happened to be part of a walk that marked the end, for us, of this year's National Trust membership. Our Trusty tickets, that have accompanied us on antiquing trips for a year, are now defunct.


Rievaulx Terrace offers a wonderful promenade between two picturesque temples, with wonderful views of the Abbey below. Today the 18th century landscaped gardens are dotted with twiggy sculptures.
  






Inside the Ionic Temple is a beautiful banqueting hall with a decorated ceiling.



The miniature pomegranate tree is one of a pair made from papier mache, standing in priceless Chinese pots. Fabulous!


Of course, our camera's shutters will not be stilled. What shall we join now? English Heritage, The Landmark Trust, The Art Fund? Watch this space...

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18 comments:

  1. Is that first picture yours - it is fabulous.
    I do believe that I recognise those sculptures - they look like the work of a local Cotswold sculpture, Sophie Ryder, who work I love.
    We have annual membership of the NT which when you get the seniors rate is great value. We only have to visit about 3 or 4 places and it has paid for itself.

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    1. Yes, it's my husband's photo though the view in The Guardian was very similar. The sculptor is Emma Stothard from Yorkshire - I agree that they are similar to Sophie Ryder's work. Knightshayes has willow deer in the same style, but by different artists again!

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  2. You have the best jobs. Lovely.

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    1. I'm afraid some people think it isn't a proper job!

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  3. Spectacular pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I've always wanted to go there. Fab photos.

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    1. Harrogate is not too far away and the colours at Rievaulx will be inspirational! (Lovely Etsy shop!)

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  5. The sculptures are sooooo beautiful. What a great day out. Jx

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    1. Isn't Yorkshire great?
      I may not think of it as home, but the landscapes and townscapes are so varied and exciting.

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  6. I enjoy your blog. Wonderful information and photos! Thank you.

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    1. I love your blog too. I especially like transfer ware children's china and name mugs.

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  7. A lovely post nilly and as always such beautiful photography of a stunning setting. Lovely to see a photograph of you! English Heritage! x

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    1. Thank you Jayne - these days it's hard to find photos of me that are fit to show - time marches on!

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  8. ~ No wonder you both BOD around with these wonderful adventures... Tickets...What a great idea..We all have the same trip from our cosy chair with you...LOVE the hares sculpture, isn't it so real.....and yet not! Hugs Maria x

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    1. Let's hope winter weather doesn't stop our adventures! Thank you for looking Maria x

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  9. I love the Rievaulx Terraces. Haven't 'we' seen those sculptures (or similar) at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park?

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    1. I think these twiggy sculptures are currently made by several artists, but, for me, Sophie Ryder's at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park put the rest in the shade.

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