Saturday, 21 May 2011

Charleston Farmhouse,The Bloomsbury Group

Visiting Charleston the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant,
members of The Bloomsbury group, has been on my wish list
of places to visit for a long time and as we were in Sussex,
we took the opportunity.
The farmhouse is situated in the middle of The Sussex Downs
not far from Firle Beacon in between
Brighton and Eastbourne.
We arrived at 1pm and the house is open by tour only.
Tours are limited to about nine and ours was at 2pm.
We went round the Exhibition in the small Gallery of
the shop. The Exhibition 'Naked', drawings, paintings and sketchbooks
of Vanessa and Duncan's based on the human form.
Then around the garden,oh! what a garden
a real painters garden a smaller scale to Monet's Garden,
(another place on my wish list)
Beautiful! and so inspirational.
We then needed another cup of tea and had this sat in
Quentin Bell's Ceramics Studio!
and watched a DVD on how the house was restored
when the trust took over in 1978.
We then waited eagerly for the tour to begin!
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