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Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside – 12

Short Break February 2009

The Buddhist Temple at Conishead Priory

The first of our Short Breaks for 2009 has just ended at this favoured Lakeland Hotel. In search of cultural enlightenment we heard talks on the work of the Newcastle engraver, Thomas Bewick, whose work John Ruskin equated on a par with Rembrandt. Nicholas Merchant talked on the Courtauld Family of Silversmiths not merely from their standpoint as silversmiths, but how they prospered in the textile trade and established the eponymous institute which has so Eye richly enhanced our cultural heritage.

Acknowledging that motor-cars, particularly Rolls-Royces, fall into the category of antiques, we visited the Lakeland Motor Museum at Holker, where we were confronted with a bewildering array of mechanised transport, ranging from a copy of Donald Campbell’s Bluebird to that icon of East Germany the Trabant. Ian Rimmer, from Rolls-Royce, made sure that we kept up standards by enlightening us on the history of that splendid marque.

So plenty of variety, not least on our visits; off we sallied to visit two Lakeland PhD houses both of which were at total variance with each other, although sited in close proximity on the beautiful and little-known Furness Peninsula. Swarthmoor Hall, dating from the reign of Elizabeth I is the home of Quakerism in the cheap mlb jerseys North of England, whilst “Gothick” Cadishead Priory now houses a Buddhist community.
Architectural and spiritual diversity all in one afternoon!

The next (varied) Short Break for Collectors at Rothay Manor de runs from
22nd to 27th November 2009
Talks wholesale jerseys will include the work of Beatrix Potter, the Botanist, The History of the Knife and Fork, and on Rex Whistler, The Artist. Visits will take us to “The Windsor Castle of the North”, where cheap nfl jerseys we shall learn something of its surprising history.

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