On Friday afternoon we drove to Little Waltham in north Essex to spend the weekend with our friends Steve and Carole. We had a good evening meal and good beer in the Dog and Gun pub nearby - the beer was from the Brentwood Brewing Company (yes, Brentwood)
On Saturday morning, it wasn't actually raining (just cold, damp and windy) so Steve and Carole suggested a walk through their local Lyonshall Wood where there are usually huge display of wild bluebells at this time of year - and there were
After the walk we drove across to Colchester to take a look at the new Firstsite Art Gallery, a wonderful building but as yet not a great display of art, unless you like 120 fire-bricks stacked 2-high on the gallery floor. From the Tate Gallery's web-site:
"Equivalent VIII by Carl Andre was bought by Tate in 1972 and featured in special displays in 1974 and 1975 without attracting much publicity. But on 15 February 1976 an article appeared in The Sunday Times about recent additions to the Tate's Collection, illustrated with a picture of Equivalent VIII. The sculpture, 120 firebricks arranged in a rectangular formation, an important Minimalist work, provoked uproar.
The Tate was ridiculed by many for, as they saw it, being conned into buying a 'pile of bricks'. Others defended the Gallery, recognising Andre as an important artist and arguing that the Tate has to be adventurous in order to remain a major player in the international contemporary art world"
Late Saturday afternoon was, of course, time for the FA Cup Final - well done Chelsea and, hopefully, "goodbye" Dalglish
Sunday morning was spent at the wonderful Wilkin & Sons Ltd headquarters at Tiptree. Their conserves, marmalades and curds and exported around the world. A great Essex institution, just like Maldon Salt