I write a lot here.
I find it hard to nip in, write a quick update, and leave. [You might have noticed that by now.]
I like stringing sentences together, weaving words, compiling paragraphs but today I thought I'd try to write a post with fewer words and more images which is ironic really as ... the uniting theme of the photos is 'text'.
While browsing through my recent holiday photos from Lincoln I noticed that there was a recurring theme of writing, text, type, scripts etc traced around them, drawing them together.
So here's an alternative look at my break, here's my holiday - in text.
1. An intriguing sticker on the walkway around the walls of Lincoln Castle:
It turns out that 'All Type No Face' is some sort of graffiti group. Maybe? This quote from their About page doesn't exactly answer all my questions: "We stand by living a life from a path you create, rather than what is dictated to you by others." Why put the sticker there? Who knows?
Now, appropriately enough ...
2. The grafitti-style artwork on the 'Young Baron' one of the 25 'Lincoln Barons' on the Charter Trail [a kind of treasure hunt through the city]:
3. A rather painful handwritten 'Dear John' note taped to a shop door:
I spotted this on a Sunday evening.
I can only imagine the embarrassment of this shop owner when he/she came to open up on Monday morning and was greeted with this.
Imagine knowing that passers-by had seen this before you. [And some of them might even photographed it. Forgive me.]
4.A rather more quaint sign in which some marketing savvy hens tap into Lincoln's history:
5. The two books I read while on holiday:
I took comedian and actor Rob Delaney's memoir 'Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage' along with me but, once I'd finished that, I challenged myself to find the remainder of my reading matter from second-hand / charity shops in the town. Which is where I found Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey; a book I've always intended to read but never got around to, and it made perfect light holiday reading.
And while I was browsing for something to read I picked up two additional books, that I've since read on my return:
- The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester which will be very familiar to anyone who listens to 'In and Out of the Kitchen' on Radio 4 as their protagonists are veeeeeerrry similar. [The book came first].
- The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal - a family biography which I can't recommend highly enough.
"Honorable and Most Worthy Sir. I am hanging the tapestry in the bed chambers according to Lady Hussey Delaval's orders. I have had a tailor all of this week mending the tapestry before we hang it up."[You can read about the tapestries in question here].
*Makes a note to pick out a tweets/emails to have printed on my curtains ... *
7. Detail of an embroidery in the Doddington Hall 'Voices From the Inside' textiles exhibition:
I'm kicking myself that I forgot to take a photo of the details of this piece. The wording says "I can change my mind" and all I can remember is it is old, and was by a woman who I think was in a mental institution. If anyone knows the full story please do let me know!
Also at Doddington Hall ...
8. A sample of the Cornelia Parker 'Magna Carta' embroidery project:
The democratic nature of Wikipedia is meant to reflect that of the original document but you can find out lots more in this video.
And, finally, on to the document in question:
8. The wall of the purpose-built subterranean vault in Lincoln Castle, home to one of the copies of Magna Carta:
And while the guide informed us we couldn't take photos once inside the vault, he did say we could photograph the wall. And I don't need to be told twice!
Some of the more famous, and important, phrases have been picked out in gold leaf:
I know it didn't herald freedom and rights for all. [Those 13th Century law makers weren't exactly renowned for their feminist idealism or their concern for the working class] and yet ...
... it was a pretty good start.
Find out more about the exhibition here.]
Feel free to contribute some text of your own by leaving me a comment today.