Monday, 2 March 2015

Rhubarb and Sculptures

This was our Sunday two weekends ago. We were at the
 Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb in Wakefield in the morning
 and then at the Hepworth Gallery in the afternoon. It was a full,
fun, happy day. The festival, a celebration of Wakefield's heritage of
growing forced rhubarb and also a showcase for other quality local
produce, was a great event. There were food stalls, street entertainers,
cookery demonstrations, all happening round the town's cathedral square.

The girls had a brilliant time at Katie Asthworth's show (she's the presenter from Cbeebies' 'I Can Cook') and were a little bit starstruck
especially after they had their photos taken with her after her show.
I enjoyed looking round the food stalls, there was so much on offer,
all locally grown and made. We bought rhubarb jam, rhubarb and
custard loaf cake and salted caramel fudge. We would've bought
some fresh rhubarb (it would have made a lovely crumble) but
heavy rain cut short our time there and so on to the Hepworth
which is only a short drive away.

We always love coming here. The gallery houses works by Barbara
Hepworth and temporary exhibitions of works by other artists. The
sculpture below is by Lynda Benglis. Doesn't it look amazing?

I love all the big square windows, particularly the ones overlooking
the River Calder. You see a lot, both inside and when you're 
looking out.

We joined a session of Musical Sculptures (noisy but fun) and
had drinks and cake at the gallery's cafe. The girls ran around
and we're a little bit noisy at times but thankfully the gallery
people didn't seem to mind. There were many other families
with young children there which was really nice.

We had a look round the shop and then it was time to go home.
We had great art, local history, goodies to take home and the girls
met one of their favourites from Cbeebies. Despite the horrible
weather it was still a really great and brilliant day.

Before I go I want to say thanks for all your lovely comments
 in my previous post. Crafting is always a pleasure for me
and I'm glad I've got this little spot here in blogland where I can
share and talk about the things I'm making. Thanks too for
your well wishes for Markie. She's still covered in spots but
feeling well again. She might go back to school tomorrow.

By the way, if you're on Instagram you can now find me there.
I signed up again the other day and so far it's been fun. Hope
you stop by and say hello. I'm mytwogirls1314.

Have a nice week!


  1. What a lovely day! It's so wonderful to find some indoor fun during rainy weather. So far we've been unable to watch Cbeebies, it looks like something Mia would enjoy, but the technology differences are a weird pain, haha! Oh well, it's not as though she's short of t.v. shows to watch! So happy Markie is feeling well again!

  2. I am glad that Markie is starting to get better! Sounds as though you had a great day out, I love rhubarb!! The gallery looks wonderful, Barbara Hepworth's work is some of my favourite sculpture, she made amazing pieces didn't she! xx

  3. Marion, you day sounds wonderful and fun. The jam and fudge look so mouthwatering, I've never heard of custard cake, what is it like ???

    The Sculptures look amazing, and just think of the amount of tea you need to fill the pots.



  4. It sounds like a super day! I bet the girls were so excited to meet Katie. I love rhubarb and would love to try rhubarb and custard loaf cake. In answer to your question about the cake tin size I used for the Buxton Pudding, I used an 8 inch square tin. You could use a Victoria sponge type round tin if you don't have a square one. Hope Markie is feeling less itchy now xx

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