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April 23, 2013

A Long Weekend In The Country

by gordonmichaelsutton

The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle can take your breath away when you first see it. Modelled on Versailles in France, its striking grandeur is incongruous in the north of England. The museum was conceived and built by the Bowes family – that’s the same lot that Elizabeth Bowes Lyon  (mother of Queen Elizabeth II) was related to.


The Bowes Museum currently have an exhibition featuring art inspired by Rokeby – an epic poem by Sir Walter Scott – including work by JMW Turner.

Rokeby, of course, is an idyllic place located in the same region where I’ve just spent a long weekend in a rented cottage. The drama of the wide open skies catches something of the rugged splendour of the area.

The cottage was  fabulous with views across empty fields and just the noise of the chickens to rouse you in the morning – here it is –


Restful and restorative – not least to be able to walk and sketch just a short stroll from your front door.


Plenty of sheep with their new born lambs dotted the fields too – take a look to the right on this picture. After a very hectic schedule followed by a sudden illness, a weekend in these beautiful surroundings is to be recommended.


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