At the Bus Station in Bishop Auckland we met a woman who had caught the school bus down the Dale to Stanhope, and then caught the 9-0-Clock to Bishop. Like us, she was catching the 9.59 to Newcastle. Then the 12.30 to Berwick and the 4.30 to Kelso!!! All the way to Scotland (and back) for nothing. A friend would meet her and her roll-on-off small case.
We decided to catch the bus to Gateshead so that we could visit the Baltic
and the Sage
Not really. It is a change over period . Mark Wallinger showed off his wall of numbered bricks and his wonderful display of pebbles on a giant chequer-board floor cloth. There was a movie showing people putting up scaffolding and then taking it down again. We watched a small part of the construction.
On the next floor was a sound installation.......
IT WAS FANTASTIC. It was Janet Cardiff's "The Forty Part Motet". It's been around since it was first exhibited at The Baltic, ten years ago, when The Baltic first started. Anyway...you walk into the room, empty, bar the forty speakers each playing their own singing part. Standing in the middle is absolutely stunning.
Then we walked across the Millennium Bridge and on and upwards to the to the town centre of Newcastle.
After a trip to The Cafe Royal for lunch, we went to the Grainger market and bought scallops and cod for meals we have now eaten. The Cafe Royal fed us a wonderful open sandwich with a small jar of tomato sauce for dipping our french fries into. We decided to have a go at making some such ketchup ourselves and soon.
The X21 took us safely home to Bishop.
It's very tasty and anyway, at least one of us loves it.
ALSO....DJ fixed the easel teaser. It's a great solution because nothing has to undergo a permanent change.
Art classes are on again. the first one was a disaster for me. I love working in oils but acrylics are much more easily packaged and travelled with.
But I'll be back next week to learn more.