Category Archives: Art

Abramtsevo – an artists’ colony

This estate was founded in the 1750s and into the ownership of Sergei Askakov, a writer, in 1853 by which time the main house had been constructed. His books about nature were attractive to many people. Many of his writings

Abramtsevo – an artists’ colony

This estate was founded in the 1750s and into the ownership of Sergei Askakov, a writer, in 1853 by which time the main house had been constructed. His books about nature were attractive to many people. Many of his writings

The Kremlin

Red Square is not red and ‘red’ has nothing to do with communists. Red means beautiful. Not that it was particularly so on the day visited as it had been the site of a concert and they were dismantling the

The Kremlin

Red Square is not red and ‘red’ has nothing to do with communists. Red means beautiful. Not that it was particularly so on the day visited as it had been the site of a concert and they were dismantling the

Tretyakov treasures

I hope I can do justice to today’s exploration of the Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art of the 11rh to early 20th century (pre-Revolution). We begin in the Church of St Nicholas, now forming part of the gallery, and which

Tretyakov treasures

I hope I can do justice to today’s exploration of the Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art of the 11rh to early 20th century (pre-Revolution). We begin in the Church of St Nicholas, now forming part of the gallery, and which

Moscow – not what I expected

Not what you expected when I said “Moscow”. The Metro station – This is our local grocery store – With lots of caviar – And as for the bottle shop – Our hotel is opposite the Kremlin So the view

Moscow – not what I expected

Not what you expected when I said “Moscow”. The Metro station – This is our local grocery store – With lots of caviar – And as for the bottle shop – Our hotel is opposite the Kremlin So the view

Let loose in Ludlow

On my own today and have driven to Ludlow in Shropshire, complete with its own castle. Must have just missed her. It is another Tudor market down with come very old building.. Lots of lanes and alleys, some of which

Let loose in Ludlow

On my own today and have driven to Ludlow in Shropshire, complete with its own castle. Must have just missed her. It is another Tudor market down with come very old building.. Lots of lanes and alleys, some of which

Led to Ledbury

Today we went to Ledbury in Herefordshire. Brad said it smelt of country, but I couldn’t tell if it was cow or sheep dung. Possibly cow, as there was a great cheese shop, but there are lots of those in

Led to Ledbury

Today we went to Ledbury in Herefordshire. Brad said it smelt of country, but I couldn’t tell if it was cow or sheep dung. Possibly cow, as there was a great cheese shop, but there are lots of those in

St John the Baptist, Burford

It is a beautiful church, despite the drum kit and modern treatment of parts of the interior facilities. Mystery aliens or naive artistry?? Outside, a green cemetery and grand new facility of offices, gallery and tea rooms. Great rear outdoor

St John the Baptist, Burford

It is a beautiful church, despite the drum kit and modern treatment of parts of the interior facilities. Mystery aliens or naive artistry?? Outside, a green cemetery and grand new facility of offices, gallery and tea rooms. Great rear outdoor