Salts Mill has a permanent exhibition by Winona’s favorite artist David Hockney. His latest works are simple Yorkshire landscapes done on his ipad. They are definitely worth a google search: filled with electrifying colors exuberantly dashed off, and since they were done on an ipad, you won’t experience them any better in a museum than you would on your laptop at home. Saltaire also has a beautiful reformed church and nearby an austere Puritan chapel.
I’ve seen abandoned viaducts from time to time in my travels, but today I made this one a destination. Hewenden Viaduct was built in the 1870s and was part of a much more extensive rail system than the one that exists today. Thousands of miles of track were abandoned in the 1950 and 60s, leaving scores of magnificent archways framing some of the most beautiful landscapes of Yorkshire.
My friend Geoff Allan took me for a lap on the famous Nurburgring, and I’m ashamed to say I almost vomited all over his beautiful 1989 BMW M3. It was such a disappointment, because I had been so looking forward to the racetrack and I love fast cars! My pilot brother Ben says the Fifield’s infamous penchant for motion sickness can eventually be overcome after repeatedly vomiting in flight simulators.
Since first coming to Britain I’ve been itching to see Skara Brae, the 5 thousand year old “Scottish Pompeii” on the Orkney Islands. Somehow I convinced Winona to take a long detour and ferry to the island. It was thrilling to see the remnants of a mysterious civilisation, older than Stonehenge, which had populated even the most remote places with stone circles, sturdy hobbit homes, and magnificent monuments. Swarms of archeologists were sifting through a small acre of dirt and rock, uncovering a large building they call a Neolithic Cathedral. On the way home we stopped at the mighty Dunrobin castle and met its resident feline.
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