But that's not going to happen. Instead of a holiday, David and I are having a handful of days out. It's not the same of course, but it is an excuse to go somewhere different for the day, to relax and to have a good lunch! We had the first of these days at the very end of July, and we spent part of it visiting Old Knobbley and Julie's house.
These two couldn't be more different from each other. Old Knobbley is an ancient oak, about 600-800 years old, and Julie's house is...well...a modern house (or piece of art depending on your view). But they're geographically very close to each other in north Essex, so both can be visited in a couple of hours.
|Old Knobbley's trunk, close up.|
After visiting the ancient and gnarled Old Knobbley, we went to see the shiny and new Julie's house - a fantasy house created by artist Grayson Perry. Grayson Perry is Essex born and bred, and has created a back-story for the house based around a fictional Essex woman called Julie. It's been described as a shrine, a secular chapel, a folly, a fairy-tale house and a 'ginger bread' house.
It has artwork inside, which unfortunately we didn't see as it's closed to visitors. So we just had a good look at the outside of the house. This is covered in images that look like ancient female fertility statuettes. I did think it missed something - and realised that this was Grayson Perry himself. Really, he should have been there to explain it all!
I've no idea if the house would be practical to live in (people have been able to enter a ballot to stay in it as a holiday home). I imagine, from photos I've seen of the decor, it's a bit loud to say the least. It won't age as beautifully as Old Knobbley has done and I wonder if it will it last as long? I do like, though, the wild meadow garden to one side (or is it the front?) which should be great for pollinators.
In any case, it's certainly a fun house for today; truly eccentric and very unique.