Tracy Lewis in her conservatory
Tracy Lewis in her conservatory

All photos © Minako Jackson

Independents-logo-150With more fine weather forecast for Sunday I recommend a trip out to Hightown, a very nice villagey place between Crosby and Formby. Although we were delighted to see the morning’s events as the Lennon Peace Memorial was unveiled, those big media frenzies can be quite stressful as scores of photographers and film crews jostle for position within the designated press area. So it was more relaxing to take a 20 minute train ride from Central to Hightown then a 10 minute walk to Tracy Lewis‘s house / studio / garden which is open for the weekend.

She has titled the event ‘Welcome to my world’ which is appropriate as you certainly do feel like you are entering another world as you leave behind the manicured lawns and tidy houses of this fairly modern estate. Tracy’s back garden has narrow paths that lead you past various outhouses (full of art), a hen house, a large pond, rabbit hutches, several sculptures and flower beds before ending with a large decked area that directly overlooks the sand dunes and Alt estuary. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Inside the bungalow each room is like an installation piece, even the kitchen where cakes and soup were on sale is amazing as all the units are made by Tim Cole from reclaimed wood. There are artworks  by various artists as well as Tracy herself, Tim Cole, Neil Sinclair, Mike Kerslake, Steve Gent, Dom Wilson, Julian Taylor, Jeff & Heather Allen.

If you can’t make it this Sunday 10/10/2010 12.00 – 19.00, there is another open weekend on 13/14 November or you can call to make an appointment any time. Full details are on the Independents website and Tracy’s own site.