On our way home from the spa we stopped in the small town of Haslemere in Surrey.
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Thursday, 22 July 2021
A couple of weekends ago my daughter and myself enjoyed a weekend at a spa hotel. This was a Christmas present from my son and dil. We had to wait until now before the relaxing of Covid regulations allowed us to go. The hotel was just over an hour's drive away in the heart of Surrey. It had extensive grounds and when we arrived the sun was shining and we were able to take advantage of lounging in the sunshine. I forgot to take any photos until we were leaving and the weather was cloudy with drizzling rain.
Friday, 16 July 2021
Whilst visiting my son and Dil a couple of weeks ago in Leeds I paid a visit to Tatton Park near Manchester. It is here that the family had a tree planted in Mum's memory.
Monday, 12 July 2021
Last month I visited the Forest for Change at Somerset House in London. It was created by artist Es Devlin to raise awareness of the U.N.'s 17 Global Goals. At the heart of the forest of 400 trees are the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Every tree in the forest will be replanted in London as part of the Queen's Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Everyone in the UK will be encouraged to 'Plant a tree for the Jubilee'. It will have schools, scouts, community, sports groups etc as well as individuals planting trees. Its aim is to create a living legacy which will contribute to cleaner air and make our lives greener.
The 17 global goals:
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
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Friday, 25 June 2021
I had read about the Mosaic House when doing some research for Chiswick Park underground station but I had no idea that it would be such an amazing work of art. I decided it needed a post all to itself.
The house is home to artist Carrie Reichardt who wanted to create a piece of public art that was uncensored so she decided to use her own home as her canvas. Both the back and front of the house are covered with pieces of coloured tiling. The design tells numerous stories and features work from some of the world's best mosaic artists. It has taken over twenty years to complete.
This black cab outside the house is also completely covered in mosaics. It is known as the 'Voodoo Zulu Liberation Taxi'. It was hoped that this travelling mosaic would raise the awareness of the incarceration of an American prisoner called Kenny 'Zulu' Whitmore. He spent 36 years in solitary confinement.
Outside the house are two vehicles. This bright orange one is the Tiki Love Truck. It commemorates John Joe Ash Amador who was sentenced to death in Texas. It is part of the artist's art campaign against the death penalty. The truck was originally exhibited at the V and A museum.