Monday, 2 September 2013

Out of the creative habit

I seem to have got out of the habit of  creating over the summer with gardening, which I love, and being away.
This past weekend was another one away so still nothing creative to show:) So, I will bore you with more pics of the places I visited.
The first one is THE RED HOUSE in Bexleyheath, Kent. It was commissioned by and built for William Morris. He lived in it for 5 years and his friends the Pre-Raphaelite painters Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lizzie Sidall etc were frequent visitors.......the way the guide described it they lived a very Bohemian life while there:)

 The house has several murals painted on the walls.................

 on furniture.....
  this one is newly discovered and is thought to be painted by Lizzie Sidall and possibly other of the Pre-Rapaelites

 there is also some beautiful stained glass, this one by Burne-Jones

On Sunday we went to CROSSNESS PUMPING STATION, it is only open a few days of the year so we took the opportunity!
It is a Victorian pumping station built by Joseph Bazalgette to help deal with The Great Stink in London
 Parts of it have been restored to how it once was.......I found it so strange that a functional industrial plant should be so beautifully decorated!

 Some parts are not as restored as others but still very interesting

 this area is very cleverly half restored and half not to show the before and after.


Helen said...

What stunning buildings, and the architecture/decoration at the pumping station is incredible.

Gráinne said...

So very gorgeous picks ... I just love your pictures and your way to look at things, makes me almost feel like I _have to_ visit all those places too ... *sigh* Suzanne x