Exploring Liverpool

As you know, my eldest daughter is with me for a few days. We are staying in Allerton with  Sheila, her grandma – who is putting me up for the duration of the exchange. Thank you, Sheila! While Édaein is here, we have  been mooching around the vintage and second hand shops in the city. She picked up a skirt in one place on Bold St so is pleased with herself. Our plan was to see some of the Liverpool Biennial  too so while she’s here.  We took in the John Moores at the Walker first , and enjoyed quite a bit of the work. We also went to the Bluecoat to see the Blomberg New Contemporaries but had mixed feelings about what we saw there. The show is said to be a barometer of future trends in art , but why were we not treated to more of the ‘New’? Food wise, we particularly enjoyed CHICHA, on Bold St, the Peruvian tapas restaurant. Ragas, on another day was also good. It has been nice spending time with Édaein here for my first few days. I will miss her when she heads back on Monday. That weekend, the weather was particularly good.  Autumnal with a final heave of summer warmth. We went to Calderstones Park that Saturday with various relatives and cousins who had gathered to catch up with us. It was lovely. When walking there, I picked up an old branch/stick and thought that I might use it in the studio (see next instalment!)  Later, when Ed and I  were going along the outside of the park we saw a poor baby grey Squirrel huddled by the wall at the side of the footpath . It was petrified by the cars going past so close. I managed to scoop it up in my jacket and put it to safety over the wall, where it climbed into the undergrowth. I hope its mum found it. tate3-1-of-1 tate4-1-of-1 The next day the four women of the party, my sister in law Rowena, my mum in law Sheila, Édaein and I went to the Tate to see the ANCIENT GREECE  Exhibition. Its described as a show of ‘an imagined world where artists from ancient Greece and contemporary times have collaborated, merging the past , present and future into a single fiction just as the city’s architects did when they designed Liverpool’s neoclassical buildings in the 1800s.’ We took our time going around that and also had a general look around. Disappointed that Tracey Emin’s bed was not on display yet. I will nip back when its on. Then it was time to wave Edaein off and time for me to get stuck into some work.