According to the weather forecast last weekend, Monday was going to be a reasonable day so we packed up a lunch and went to Bishop Aukland to do some photography on Aukland Castle. This castle was built by one of the prince bishops as a hunting lodge and retreat. It is now the seat of the Bishop of Durham Cathedral. The grounds, deer park and castle are open to the public.
I featured the castle on one of my quilted shadow pieces.
We arrived there just as it began to drizzle. In spite of this we decided to put up our brollies and go and take a look at least. It is a beautiful and wonderfully maintained building with incredible architectural detail. It was very dull and grey but I still took a few photographs of the detailed stonework of the walls.
I don’t think I have ever seen such decorative all over stone work on such a building. These bishops certainly lived well.
We went for a walk in the deer park but it was very boggy and wet underfoot. We came to the ‘deer house’ an extraordinry construction built by one of the bishops for the deer to shelter from bad weather and a viewing tower for his visitors to picnic and watch the deer. We will have to visit again when the weather is better!!! and take more photographs.
I came home and got down to some quilting. It was one of the printed silk images of a Japanese geisha - a free download. I had already used French knots to pick out the pattern on the collar, printed the surface of the kimono with small red metallic flowers and machined over the hair detailing the hairstyle of the geisha. Once I had quilted the girl, I vermicelli stitched the background and finally added some beads on the hair decoration.
I have now begun to quilt another piece, very different to this one so cheers for now.