Picture House: 5 May – 30 September 2007
English Heritage has invited 15 of the most original and experimental film directors, artists, actresses and designers from Britain and around the world to bring Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens to life with a series of cutting edge art installations.
Picture House - Film, Art and Design at Belsay, which opens on 5 May 2007, will transform the neo-classical mansion in Northumberland, its 14th century castle and Grade I Listed gardens. This specially commissioned exhibition will see electrifying works of fashion, sculpture, music, design, poetry, music and video fill Belsay’s vast empty rooms and landscaped grounds.
Installations will include some exciting collaborations, such as a soundscape by composer William Basinski and Antony Hegarty from Mercury Music Prize-winning New York city band Antony and the Johnstons.
Likewise actress Tilda Swinton - known to millions as the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia- is creating a piece for Arthur Middleton’s bedroom, working alongside her husband, playwright and visual artist John Byrne - and their children.
Internationally renowned fashion designers Viktor & Rolf will provide a centrepiece display of silver ballgowns suspended between the Grecian columns in the Pillar Hall, while award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell – famed for her work on The Aviator and Gangs of New York, will create set up a ‘peephole’ into false door with a peephole in Lady Middleton’s bedroom, where viewers can spy on the inhabitant dressing and undressing.
Throughout the property – from the cellars of Belsay Hall to the Grand Hall of Belsay Castle and the delights of the sheer cliffs of the Quarry Garden - Picture House will see Belsay transformed and reinterpreted through dozens of creative perspectives and will provide a fresh appreciation of the social and architectural history of this unique historical site.
The pictures were taken by Malcolm McCulloch a guest who stayed in July.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER.
This picture was taken from the front window in the first week of October, it shows mist in the hollow of the front field with our neighbour's farms out of the mist at the back of the picture.The saying "mist in the hollow a fine day to follow" was certainly true.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
This picture was taken of the far end of the garden in the Autumn, the Hydrangeas have never been as beautiful. They are still blooming at the moment although the flowers are slightly paler.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER
This picture was taken in the early morning facing from the house down the front field. Most of the cows and calves have come inside for the winter, the sheep are still out. Cattle make an awful mess of the fields in winter when it's wet.
PICTURE FOR CHRISTMAS 2007
This picture was taken in the hall. We would like to wish all our guests a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year . We look forward to welcoming you to Cornhills in 2008.
PICTURE FOR JANUARY AND FEBUARY 2008
This picture was taken of the front of the house. The sky is the most brilliant blue.The winter with its clear air is the best time for seeing our fantastic views.
PICTURE FOR MARCH & APRIL 2008
This picture was taken in the shrubbery outside the window of the West room.
PICTURE FOR MAY 2008
This picture was taken outside the back door over the drying green. The lambs and the chickens seem to get along well. The lambing time has been wet and cold, terrible weather for little lambs and their mothers. We are still feeding all the sheep every day as the grass is not growing fast enough.
PICTURE FOR JUNE 2008
This picture was taken on the approach to the farm. The Blue Bell wood, a nature reserve, is on our eastern boundary. Every year the blue bells give a magnificent display turning the area into a sea of blue.
PICTURE FOR JULY 2008
This picture was taken on the lane opposite our cottages on the approach to the farmhouse. The owl chicks, a bundle of fluff, have taken to sitting on the lane. We have to pick them up and put them back in the wood in case they get run over by a car.Over the last few years we have seen a huge increase in the number of owls. They can be heard calling at night as well as sitting on gate posts and our dry stone walls.
PICTURE FOR AUGUST 2008
These picture were taken in the clipping shed. The sheep come into a collecting pen where either Chris or Richard catch the sheep and clip them. William is in the clipping shed he rolls the fleece and puts it into a wool sack hung from the beams.Holly lies on the wool sack watching the sheep.The Wool Sack in the House of Lords has its origins here.
PICTURE FOR SEPTEMBER 2008
These pictures were taken in August. Tilly, Rachel Thornton's Cocker spaniel came to stay for her holidays, she is lying in Dew's box with Maddie. Nell is the new addition to our family, she is a 10 week old flat coated border collie pup.Nell would like to be a house dog but she has to live in the kennels with the other working collies.Holly the 3 year old Labrador has a new playmate.
PICTURE FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2008
These pictures were taken in September.We have bred 38 Texel tups, 20 went to Hexham mart on Wednesday September 24th. We had second and fourth prize in the show, the top priced tups were £1080, £1050, £950,£920. The 20 tups averaged £732 the best average at the mart that sale.The first picture shows the tups outside the farmhouse, dipped ready for the mart. The second picture shows James holding 504 the top priced tup we sold.
PICTURE FOR DECEMBER 2008
The pictures below show the new Teagle Tomahawk bedding machine.The machine is filled with a big straw bale, the shedder unwinds the bale and blows it into the sheds. The cattle love the straw going in this way,the first time we used it, the cattle were dancing around in the straw, or just standing under the shoot allowing the straw to fall all over them. The machine has two main advantages it is safer for both cattle and farmer as it is blown from outside the pen and it uses less straw.
PICTURE FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2009
The pictures below were taken this month. The weather has been cold with some bright blue skies. The trees at this time of year are stunning against the beautiful blue sky.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE 2009
The pictures are of the shoe tree on Ray Mill Bank( on eastern edge of farm ), taken from both up and down the bank. The first picture appeared on the web site in June 2007 but the shoes first appeared in 2003. This year has seen many more pairs of shoes arriving.Taken from June 2007 blog entry:-The idea comes from Nevarda in America, where shoe trees were first started. Putting your shoes in the tree is a good luck charm.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR JULY and AUGUST 2009
The pictures are of Stella McCartney's crystal horse sculpture, Lucky Spot, a much-loved temporary exhibit in the 2004 Fashion at Belsay exhibition.In 2006 it was shown in the main Hall, but in 2009 it returns to its original site in the castle. It has remained one of English Heritage's most memorable and visually appealing exhibits at Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 2009
The pictures were taken by John and Johanna Urwin from Kent who walked St Oswald's way in August. They stayed with us on August 8th/9th and were two of the luckiest walkers this year, as they had brilliant weather hence the photographs.The first photo in taken from the top of Garleigh on the walk between Rothbury and Kirkwhelpington. The second photo was taken at Hallington on the final leg of the walk to Heaven's Field.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER 2009
The pictures were taken towards the back door of the farmhouse, the flowers have been brilliant this year, the wet weather might not make farming easy, but the flowers have flourished.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2009
The picture shows British Blue heifers in the top end of the east field.These heifers have been down on the lowlands near the coast for the summer and have come home for the winter and will calve in the late spring.Over the last few years, we have changed our breed of cattle to more British Blues as they are more docile and are easier to handle.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2010
The picture shows the view from near Edlingham, taken by a farmer friend George Smith of Bolton. This view is one that can be seen between Alnwick and Rothbury.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY 2010
The picture shows the first snow drops in the garden in the last week of January. The winter has been very hard with nearly a month of snow, the garden has had about 18 inches on it.The snow would only be gone 24 hours when the snow drops came through and were flowering within two days.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2010
The picture shows the celandines in the garden, the snowdrops are still flowering. The winter contiues to be very cold with frost and snow, we still have snow from December in the back of the walls.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL 2010
The picture shows the hens sun bathing in the garden, the garden seat seems ideal. The weather has changed, the sun is shining. We have been out in the garden weeding and digging over the borders.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR MAY & JUNE 2010
The pictures show the most amazing Extraordinary measures at Belsay Hall.I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview and would recommend this exhibition to all ages. Ron Mueck's Wildman is very impressive as are all his pieces,the skin and hair makes you want to touch (definitly not allowed).The large window, a copy of the hall's windows enchances the Quarry garden and the horses do the same for the castle. The swan is sitting on her nest in the middle of a pond as you drive in, and the lanterns were there for one night only to launch the exhibition. Some of the pictures below were taken by Ann Foggin.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR JULY & AUGUST 2010
The picture shows the girls feeding the pet lambs.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2010
The picture shows Ellie our yellow labrador puppy, she was born 27th June and is now 8 weeks old. Holly finds her a pest as she spends a lot of time hanging around her neck.She does have very sharp little teeth but is very cute.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2010
The picture shows Ellie our yellow labrador puppy, she was born 27th June and is now 5.5 months old.Ellie woke up this morning to a new white world. On the front lawn we have about 8 inches of snow, very pretty in pictures but difficult to feed the animals still outside.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY & FEBRUARY
The first picture was taken on the night of December 20th, the next morning there was an eclipse of the moon and the second picture on the 21st of December.The two pictures are of the trees on the edge of the drying green.If you look at the first picture you can see a moon shadow. Cat Stevens sang about a "moon shadow", the second picture was taken at lunch time the next day in exactly the same place.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH AND APRIL
The pure breed Texel flock have started lambing. This lamb was born on Friday 4th March at about 6pm. The lamb was left in a small pen with her mother. At 8 pm she had jumped into a bucket of cold water and when Richard found her she was almost dead.He brought her into the house. We put her into warm water for 20 minutes and then I dried her with towels. Wrapped in a dry towel the lamb was placed on the top of the Aga for about 30 minutes. As soon as it was warm it wanted on to its feet, this picture was taken about 90 minutes after her cold water dip. Richard took the lamb back to its mother, 3 days later and the lamb is doing well
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR MAY and JUNE
The picture shows climbers on Wanny Crags about 2 miles west of the farm.Climbers are there most days in the spring, summer and autumn.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR JULY and AUGUST
The pictures show Sarah and Barney Storey who stayed in June to compete in a cycle race in Stamfordham. They enjoyed their time on the farm especially relaxing with our dogs Holly and Ellie
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
The picture shows our oldest son Christopher getting married to Sally Manners in July.As you can see from the picture it was another typical Saturday pouring with rain.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY and FEBRUARY
The picture shows the new bed table, Richard's Christmas present from our sons.Since we have had the bird table the birds love it and feed there all day,unfortunately the birds have all left Granny's bird table at the bungalow.The best view of the bird table is from the west B&B bedroom. .
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