|The Victoria and Albert Museum|
Yesterday I had A Grand Day Out with two blogging friends, Penny and Lorraine (aka Serenata). We met in the cafe at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and chatted over coffee. I hadn't met either of these girls before and was quite relieved that they weren't, after all, big hairy fellas. Lorraine had made us personalised book marks (pop over to her blog to see) and Penny had made sweet paper birds with a cute button embellishment.
We then wandered around the exhibits, and came across the famous Tippu's Tiger, which is life size.
We also found a wonderful fashion exhibition and we ooh'd and ahh'd and winced at the fashions through the ages.
|This boot was so tiny and dainty.|
|Breath in ladies!|
|Yes, those are bra's forming the skirt for this dress!|
We also found this dress - the idea of this fashion was to show off the beautiful fabric of the gown (and I suppose therefore, your wealth). We giggled at how they'd have to walk sideways through a door and wondered how they went to the loo!
More by luck than judgement we discovered that we could get in to the Raphael cartoons/tapestries exhibition for free and I'm so glad we did. It was one of those things that I didn't realise how in awe of them I'd be until I actually saw them. My goodness, they are HUGE. Remember ladies and gentlemen, these were made in the 1500's! The 'cartoons' were painted by Raphael and his assistants as full scale designs for the tapestries designed to cover the walls of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican. The cartoons, or paintings, are kept at the V&A having been brought to England in 1623. The tapestries are the property of the Vatican Museums and this is the first time the paintings and the tapestries have been together for nearly 500 years!
The detail is stunning. We were very lucky to see this exhibition because it finishes tomorrow.
|Tapestry of The Miraculous Draught of Fishes|
The detail on the columns in the tapestry below was incredible.
|The Healing of the Lame Man|
This was a super day, with two fab (camera shy!) ladies. We've got a definite plan to go to The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy next summer, but hope to meet up before then.
On a totally different subject, Shapeless Bear has found a new friend, Peanut. And would you believe it, his new soulmate was living in the same house as him but just on a different staircase!
|Shapeless Bear and Peanut|
Now you don't get much more shapeless than Peanut! They bonded immediately and together have been singing their tuneless little songs and playing their pointless little games.
Happiness is......a small knitted friend.