Monday, 8 January 2018

Canny Landscape*

Yesterday Dan bundled me into our hire car with a picnic and we set off on a mystery journey. 

me, waiting for Dan
We had a hire car as ours has been at the garage again with clutch problems, we have it back now but the hire car came in handy. The guy at the hire centre asked Dan about his plans for the weeknd and when he said we were going to watch Burnley play Man City he said "I hope you win, have an upgrade" so instead of a tiny Aygo we ended up with a Mokka, it was huge!

Anyway, when we turned onto the A66 I thought we were going to Bowes Museum, but no, we sailed right past Barnard Castle and on to Newcastle! As soon as I knew we were going there it was obvious we were going to Laing Art Gallery to see the Paul Nash exhibition (ends January 14th). Before the gallery opened there was just time to see another beautiful part of the city, no, not the football ground, the Civic Centre.



Isn't it just gorgeous, this is how beautiful a mid-century building can look when looked after! The building, designed by George Kenyon was opened by King Olav V of Norway in 1968.

River God Tyne, David Wynne

It was an amazingly beautiful day, cold but so clear with fabulous sunshine, the walls looked like gold.



Public building like this always remind me that nothing is too good for ordinary people**. 



So many highlights of this day, I can't pick just one, but it certainly wasn't the moment we saw someone cycling on the A1 (M), thankfully the police arrived as we passed by. A beautiful day that inspired me even more to make my own surroundings more special, even in their simplicity. 

*Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape is on at York Art Gallery until April 15th). 

** Berthold Lubetkin

14 comments:

  1. What a lovely building!!

    God bless.

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    1. It really is. I attended a wedding there many years ago. it has a lovely feel to it.

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  2. Wonderful photo's, I have only ever driven by Newcastle never through, and now that I am in South Wales I don't suppose it will happen. I spent time in Edinburgh though and there are some impressive old buildings there.

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    1. Edinburgh is beautiful. There are lots of attractive buildings in Newcastle, it's a nice compact place to walk around too.

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  3. Happy birthday lovely lady-that was a super treat to celebrate. DH and I went to the seaside at Troon today. It was very cold and we had a lovely walk along the shoreline. Catriona

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    1. Thank you, many happy returns to you!

      It's always good to be at the coast.

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  4. What a beautiful building - I have never been to Newcastle centre - but it is certainly on the list now to see this. Might catch the Nash exhibition at York - is it on in Manchester?

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    1. It's a cute city, with some very beautiful buildings.

      As far as I know the exhibition isn't moving to Manchester, it was in London and Norwich before. I wouldn't have traipsed all the way to Newcastle had I thought it was coming to the North West!

      The exhibition in York is not the same as the one I saw, I've not been yet so don't know what it's like.

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  5. Beautiful buildings. I'm please you had such a fab day out.

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    1. Thank you, it was nice to get out and about, it's been a while.

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    1. It really is a great building, well maintained and in a beautiful setting.

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