Wednesday, 18 January 2012
In David Hockney's territory
The good thing about being a priest in Yorkshire is that the countryside here is idyllic and varied. So when I heard about David Hockney's new exhibition of landscape paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds at the Royal Academy, I decided to go and walk there on Monday, my day off. I hooked up with a friend from Middlesbrough Diocese and we drove to Sledmere after a lovely lunch of pork and apple casserole with rice pudding (plus extra cream). The Wolds (for those who don't know them) consist of irregular rows of gentle hills, with lots of long curving hollows, presumably produced by rivers and streams at one point. It is a remote region - you come across farms only occasionally - which is situated about 15 miles inland from the glorious east coast resort of Bridlington.