Salt & Light
Based in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, West Yorkshire, England.
Tuesday, 30 May 2023
York Gate flora
Monday, 29 May 2023
York Gate Garden
I recently met friends at York Gate Garden near Leeds. I've been before but not for a few years and, although the garden itself remains much the same, the property next door has been added and converted into a large and pleasant café (always part of the pleasure of visiting places like this!) The one-acre garden was originally created between 1951 and 1994 by the Spencer family, around their home. They bequeathed it to the horticultural charity Perennial, who now own and manage it.
It is laid out in a series of interlinked 'rooms' and owes much to the Arts and Crafts Movement, with several sculptural pieces and lots of details and textures in the hard landscaping and the lush planting. Sadly we were just a little late for the tulips (which I remember were spectacular in past years) but there were plenty of flowers and lots of beautiful and varied foliage.
There are straight, formal pathways as well as gentler, more meandering routes around different parts of the garden.
There is a large pond (top photos) and a 'canal' pool with a fish-shaped fountain.
Sunday, 28 May 2023
Spring Bank Holiday weekend is traditionally the time for the annual Saltaire Arts Trail, now back after a few years of Covid disruption. This year the weather is ideal - warm, dry and sunny. Yesterday I was out and about exploring, though there's too much to see in one day and so it's nice to live locally and be able to opt in and out of it.
A number of the village houses are opened as art galleries, in some cases displaying work by the house's resident and often hosting other artists' work too. The quality and variety of what's on offer is stunning. I wish I had more walls and deeper pockets to be able to invest in some beautiful pieces. Mostly I make do with buying a few cards to support the artists, though in the past I have bought one or two small artworks and scupltures and some jewellery.
Local schools and colleges get involved. Bradford School of Art had taken over the Wash House Gardens. Students from the Foundation Degree in Textiles Practice showed some imaginative pieces exploring the theme of 'habitat' and what that might mean to different, people, animals and plants.
Because of the lovely weather, there were a lot of people around the village and many of them eventually made their way down to the green spaces of the canal and the park. The queue at the ice-cream boat never let up.
Saturday, 27 May 2023
There were sheets of blue threaded through the woods.
Friday, 26 May 2023
A Calderdale ramble
Thursday, 25 May 2023
It seems to be a good year for wisteria. The vine on the front of my daughter's house was looking magnificent and smelled divine. Not that the dog was bothered...