Wednesday, 28 July 2010
A Jolly Outing.
Today my grandchildren have been to see me and together with my son and his wife we have all be for a little outing. Richmond in North Yorkshire is an ancient town with a ruined castle and a castle wall walk and a picturesque river walk. But it also has one very modern asset.
The Old Station has been there since the end of the nineteenth century but has not been used as a station for many years. It has been a hardware shop, but around six or seven years ago it was converted into an absolutely lovely complex, keeping all its original features. It now houses a micro brewery, an ice cream parlour, a bakery, a cheese shop, a super cafe and a well-planned exhibition area, as well as two well-equipped small cinemas.
So we all went to the Old Station for a coffee and cake and then a look at a new exhibition called 'Up on the Wall'. 128 artists have each paid for a spot on the wall and on that spot they can exhibit one work of art (there is photography, embroidery, watercolour, gouache, oil painting, drawing,) and if that work sells they can replace it with another - or if they wish to remove the existing work they can put another in its place - in other words they have paid for one bit of wall space. Quite an original idea and one which seems to work well.
I took a couple of photographs to show you what the Station is like. One is taken from the 'platform' looking down into the cafe area (which is where the train lines would have been) and the other is taken from the mezzanine floor looking down into the cafe - so it just gives you some idea.
If ever you visit Richmond (the Richmond of 'Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill' fame) - for it is right on the Northern tourist trail - then do take time to pop into The Old Station (although you nearly need a mortgage to buy coffee and cake!)
###STOP PRESS Tomorrow I will post my annualpost of recipes for both sloe vodka and blackberry whisky as people keep asking for them. See you then.