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Jerwood and De La Warr exhibitions, the Hastings fountain - but what is art?

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A new exhibition at the Jerwood, another at the De La Warr, and our restored fountain - lots of  things to see!
     At the Jerwood, 'Drawn Together: Artist as Selector' shows work from people who have been judges of the annual Jerwood Drawing Prize. Back in 2012 there was an exhibition of winning entries from that year's competition, and Battleaxe wrote a slightly puzzled and unimpressed blog post about it. Mainly, I was confused as to what constituted 'drawing'. Interestingly, when we were looking at this current exhibition, one of the senior staff was showing some presumably important person round. I eavesdropped a bit, and heard her say that drawing could be defined as 'making marks in space'.I don't know about that.
     As befits the distinguished judges, the exhibition contains some nice things. I can't show many images because you aren't allowed to take photos and not many appear on the internet. My favourite was 'The Sponge', a…

Bosham to Bognor - Battleaxe appreciates Hastings!

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Last week Philosopher and I set off on a little voyage to explore the Chichester Harbour area, with Bosham as our base.
     Apparently it's pronounced Bozzum. It's an odd thing that in the posh world, there are so many words and names waiting to catch out the hapless pleb who says them wrong. I'm thinking: Althorp, Belvoir, Menzies, Glamis, Gonville and Caius, Ralph, Beauchamp, Urquhart, Cholmondeley, Featherstonehaugh. [Now there's a little competition for Battleaxe readers - leave a comment giving me the correct pronunciation of the names above.]
     As seems to be normal just now, the weather was blazing hot. We stopped for lunch in Chichester, and went to the nice cafe in the Cathedral Cloisters, where you can sit outside in the shade. When we first visited, a couple of years ago, we were troubled by crowds of ecclesiastical wasps, but none were out this time.

     We drove on to Bosham, where neither of us had ever been. We had rented a little studio apartment i…

Combe Valley Countryside Park - an interesting walk

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Recently, I went for for an interesting walk round Combe Valley Countryside Park with the WI walking group.
     We headed off from the car park by the Hastings Garden Centre up towards the back of the Pebsham landfill site. I gather that this has now been closed down, is being landscaped and will eventually be added to the park. Apparently, it was the only remaining land-fill site in East Sussex. Where does all our rubbish go now, I wonder? There is what they call a 'Waste Transfer Station' at Pebsham, where it seems that waste is sorted and loaded into much bigger vehicles to be taken - where?
     Readers of this blog may also remember my rantings about the deficiencies of the nearby household waste site. When we visited with a load of garden rubbish last week, there was still no sign of a tip shop - they had a few plant pots on sale down by the soil improver, but nothing else. What a waste of potentially reusable stuff. Talking of soil improver, I read a scare story in the…

Sissinghurst - eventually! Romney Marsh, Fairlight Hall, busy!

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After living down here for nearly three years, we eventually got ourselves to Sissinghurst this week.
     Our friends from Birmingham had gone home - see later for our outings to Fairlight Hall etc., and Philosopher and Battleaxe fancied another little trip before getting back to normal.  It was touch and go - the weather looked very threatening, but we persisted, and fortunately it stayed fine.
     The gardens were busy, but not horrendously crowded. It must be terrible in peak holiday time, weekends and hot days.
     The gardens were pretty, but, we felt, a little stiff and 'National Trusty'. We prefer the riotous informality of Great Dixter.  One big plus, the plants all had labels, which I found very useful - it is annoying seeing something you like but you don't know what it is.
      Vita Sackville-West's famous White Garden was looking a bit blowsy, but the dull weather made the whites shine out wonderfully. There was another part of the garden where everyth…

Rude Mechanicals 'The Wife', in Crowhurst. Battleaxe recommends.

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Just a quick update. Last night two old friends came down from Birmingham and, on the suggestion of a neighbour, we went to see the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company in their open-air performance of 'The Wife', on Crowhurst Recreation Ground. 
     It was a beautiful summer evening. First of all hot sun, then gradually cooling dusk, and the rising moon, on a classic tree-lined English village cricket field - the loos were in the wonky wooden pavilion. We took a picnic, and arrived early, expecting to see the place thronged, but at first all we could see were a couple of medieval-looking tents in a small enclosure far away in the distance at the end of the ground, and scarcely a soul to be seen.
     However, the enclosure gradually filled up with what looked like the inhabitants of Crowhurst, all like us with rugs, picnics and fold-up chairs - I should think there were 100 people there.
     The Rude Mechanicals perform what they describe as contemporary Commedia dell'arte.…

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