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It's the time of the week when I,
along with the other Rockettes,
stop and pause to reflect on the rays
of sunshine from the week just gone.
who has finally got started on her
GCSE mocks. I'm proud of how she is
coping with this stressful time.
who won a meal for 2 including a bottle of wine
at a local pub. He won it playing Rock 'n Roll Bingo.
The good news is, he donated the prize to his
impoverished parents! So despite my rapidly
increasing waistline and vows to eat sensibly and
healthily, I can't wait to get along there and claim my
My dear friend Dawn,
who I met yesterday for a coffee and
catch up. She's hoping to change her work
hours soon so I should be able to see her
a little bit more from now on.
Our family summer holiday is booked!
We're all going to Vilamoura in Portugal
for a week in the sun.
I'm particularly pleased that Luke
decided that he'd like to come with us,
along with Grant's parents John and Barb.
A family day out.
Luke had the day off from work and
Hope had a study leave day (but
desperately needed a break from revision
and a change of scene) so we all went up to the
'Death' exhibition at The Wellcome Collection
(very close to Euston Station).
This might seem a rather macabre subject for an
exhibition but it was SO interesting. It covered
artwork, sculptures, writing, photographs and
memento mori from the earliest of times to
the present day and also included how
different cultures viewed death
(Day of the Dead, Tomb Guardians etc).
This was a large exhibition, which is
especially surprising considering that it is
free to get in. We all enjoyed it and I bought
the book which accompanies the exhibition.
The entrance hall to The Wellcome Collection is
interesting too. Hanging from the ceiling is an
Antony Gormley sculpture (he did the
100 figures standing in the sea at Crosby Beach,
The lighting, which changes colour, is stunning.
The glass shades are based on the design of
medicine bottles and containers.
After we'd stopped for a drink
(the food looked lovely but we'd eaten a
substantial cooked breakfast before setting off)
we went upstairs to see the two other exhibitions,
'Medicine Now' and 'Medicine Man'.
Wow, these were also fascinating.
Ranging from shrunken heads,
to Florence Nightingale's moccasins,
shoes for a lady with bound feet (ouch!),
to a lock of hair from the
head of King George III's head -
which had strong traces of arsenic,
which may well be responsible for his
|(Lord Nelson's razor and reflection of Luke's legs)|
|(I loved the face of this guardian figure)|
|(creepy and clever)|
A really interesting day out.
Phew! I have finished my
Brooklyn Sketchbook 2013
and it's in the post (with all of 4 days
to spare before the cut off date!).
Here's a sneak peek (I'll do a proper post
on it over the weekend).
|(Affaires of the Heart - front cover)|
Grant and I have decided to have
a garage/workshop, utility room and loo
built onto the side of our house.
This is Stage 1 of our plans for when Grant
leaves the Police in a couple of years time.
We're going to have a go at 'upcycling'
(making something beautiful and useful
out of waste and junk), and the garage/workshop
will make it easier to work.
I managed to sneak in a utility room and
downstairs loo onto the plans too :)
I have joined the local library.
A brand new Community Centre has been
built on the site of an old Secondary
School (closed down years ago). The
library moved in this week and I really
have no excuse not to join.
In the past I was appalling at returning books
on time and racked up shocking fines, but
they can, of course, be renewed online now.
Also, it takes me approx 4 minutes to walk
round there so there is
to get them back late
(I'm shouting at myself).
I was amazed that I can have 30 books
at any one time. 30 books??!!
Anyway, I took out just two this time;
So there you have it -
despite the return to work/school,
having NO money (January always seems
such a long month!), and with the
temperatures falling (snow is forecast),
there really have been some things for me
to smile about this week.
I'll leave the link to this post with Virginia
and visit the other Rockettes later.
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