The Easter Bunny……………. and so much Moore

12 Apr

I’m a bit of a heathen when it comes to religious festivals but I do like Easter. It’s not just the eggs, the buns, the dinner or the daffs.  No, it’s the time of year. Spring; a time of new life and new beginnings, the start of British summertime and, traditionally, when many push the boat out for the first time of the season. Boating began early this year for our  fair-weather friends, March being an extraordinary month weather-wise. For those who continue to cruise, whatever the weather, I take my boatbird cap off. I’m with you, or would be if my first mate wasn’t in South Africa. Still. But we won’t dwell on that.

Daffodils - we scoffed the buns

The Easter bunny, AKA Jose, came to see me on Easter Saturday, bearing daffodils and hot cross buns. The daffs were lovely as were the buns, which we scoffed with coffee.

We’d planned a visit to the nearby Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green, just a ten minute drive away through the lovely lanes of Hertfordshire, so after lunch we headed off in search of a little culture. We handed over money in exchange for a map of the estate, numbered illustrations and an audio guide, so all set for the sculpture hunt.

Hardly a hunt – even we couldn’t miss these monster works of art.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking for a while…

Angles

Large Figure in a Shelter

Double Oval

Hill Arches

Woman

There’s some 30 sculptures set in 70 acres of grounds. I think we took in most of them but my camera battery died about half way round. Still you must be getting the picture, as it were.

My headphones irritated my sensitive ears so they were discarded fairly early on and the numbers on the sculptures didn’t quite add up to those on the commentry or those on the paperwork. It didn’t really detract from our enjoyment though and we did have the pictures so could cross reference from them. To be honest, I was happy enough to stroll around, take in the landscape and do my own thing.

The Wall

Large Upright Internal/External Form

It’s a lovely time of year and the grounds looked splendid. Manicured lawns with colourful herbaceous borders led to extensive grassed areas peppered with mature trees and shrubs, woodland and spring flowers everywhere. Then to the wide open spaces of the sheep fields and playful lambs – apart from the one lying down that is. Jose is a shepherd (really, has a small flock of her own) and didn’t seem too disconcerted by its inertia so must be OK and just having a nap. Looked dead to me…

Sheep

I’ve been musing on what might have been the highlight of this afternoon’s little excursion. Was it the utter disbelief and denial of staff when informed their numbers were muddled, making us feel as if we were from another planet? Or maybe the cup of tea and aroma of fish n chips in the Hoops Inn? (At £12.50 a plate we could only afford to sniff them). That said, a very nice place – just go there when someone else is paying. Perhaps spending time with my oldest, bestest friend? The knowledge that the day out doubled as research for my coursework even?

Hard call – all of the above really. Suffice it to say that each and every element made my day a bit special.

I treated Hobo to a pot of daisies to adorn her bow and a magnet depicting Henry Moore artwork for the gas geyser, which is more visible than the fridge so better for display purposes.

But, without doubt, for me, the most dramatic of the pieces on show: the large reclining figure on the hill. Love it.

Large Reclining Figure

4 Responses to “The Easter Bunny……………. and so much Moore”

  1. Jennie Ranson April 13, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    truly a grand day out xx

  2. kay finch April 13, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Glad you had a lovely day XX

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