Sunday, September 27, 2015

Proper poorly.......

that's where I've been  Don't know if there is still anyone out there who is interested.   I won't bore you with the details, suspected servere infection of the gall bladder.  Of course it had to happen over a Bank Holiday weekend.  Getting out and about now but still run our of energy very quickly.  Enough.

I have been to London twice. On the first trip I went to to meet my daughter, I had a lovely stroll through Covent Garden where there were clouds....
of bubbles.  Reminded me of The Prisoner.
 One to play with I think.
When I am in town I often make my way home with a little stroll thought the National Gallery, just take in a couple of paintings and then onward.  This time I lingered for quite a long while over a special exhibition where school children had been asked to study one of the pictures from the Gallery and then produce there own interpretation.  Fascinating. This was the painting St Michael Triumphs over the Devil by Bartolome Bermego.
I wish I had photographed all the explanations panels which described the many different aspects which were discussed. One school has even taken the fact that his cloak was made of silk and had followed the history as to how the silk would have reached Europe.  They studied ways they could express their ideas in all kinds of artistic mediums and the results kept me in the gallery for quite a while.

I went back on my second trip but the exhibition was finished..
My second trip was very exciting.  First is that DH went with me, first time he had been up to town for about 20 years. He saw a few changes!.  We walked through Covent Garden to be greeted by many Shaun the Sheep statues.  What fun.  Can't show them all there were dozens but these where some of my favourites.

You can see loads more picturesor if you go to Google images Shaun in the City.
The reason for our trip to see our daughter playing Mrs.Wormwood in "Matilda the Musical" .We had missed her opening night but that was fine because doing the matinee we were able to go to tea with her during her break.
I can only say it was one of the best shows I have ever seen.  If you get the chance GO.
I had made Rebecca an autograph book in keeping with her character.

Tasteful don't you think?

This week I am hoping to get back to normal.  A day with "The Girls" tomorrow, our textile group on Friday and then on Saturday a trip to Sew Not Strawberry Jam for a workshop with Viv Sliwka.  Hope this Indian Summer weather holds .

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Childhood revisited Part 2.

This is the interior of the V&A Mueum of Childhood, which I remember from my visit many years ago as being very brown. 
Reminds me of the pictures of the Great Exhibition in 1851.
Colour illustration of The Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace, 1851 Picture copied from British Library
 The are more doll's houses which are part of the permanent collection.
I loved this Dutch kitchen, it is on a larger scale than usual doll house size but just look at the craftsmanship.
I think the dog is looking the wrong way outside this butcher's shop..
This full size greengrocers was just up the road from the museum

There were so many tors to look at, some you remember owning, like the humming top and some I would have liked to have owned. This was for the school room I think but I would love it in my living room
There were some costumes too, just look at the work in this child's dress.
I bet she wasn't allowed a red ice lolly!
We thought these little fellows looked like early version Minions
We both wanted this tow theatre.
Loved these three but I have forgotten the descrition.
There was a small area called The Alice Look with Alice inspired costumes

 and an invitation to draw your own Alice.  I liked these

After a cup of coffee and a browse round the shop, such wonderful books for children these day, we made our way to Columbia Road to visit Jessie Chorley's shop.
She is such a clever lady and the little shop is full of delights. 
Further down the road this couple caught our eye
The art shop they belonged to had the most delicious staircase.
The school had a mosaic wall
and the lamp post had a game on it.
Nearby there was the ideal venue for your Halloween Party.
and the amazing building which, from this angle, looks like a cardboard cut out.
Don't you love London?

Childhood revisited....

Yesterday's conversations were peppered with "Oh, I had one of those"...."Do you remember?"......we visited the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.  Our main reason for visiting was the exhibition of Dolls Houses but the rest of the exhibits evoked many memories.
In the entrance hall there was an installation "Winifrid's Party" created by local school children.
It certainly looked a lot of fun.
Delicious food
an elegant hostess and friend

and unusual guests

The dolls houses were wonderful, you could spend a day on each to take in all the details.  They were arranged in a time order starting in the 1700's.

One little girl had to sign an indenture drawn up by her father, promising to pay one shilling a month rent and not to light any fires. 
Originally for the amusment of grown ups this wonderful cabinet must have delighted the ladies in the drawing room.
The needlepoint on the chair and the fire screens must have taken exceptional eyesight and patience.

I am not sure I would have trusted the water heater for this shower.
It was difficult to bear in mind that everything in these early house had been made by hand, such wonderful workmanship.

The butler seems to have done quite well for himself.
This house was unusual as it opened from both sides.
and this one would have required a very large nursery.

Unmistakably the 1930's. this one
 Complete with sun terrace, swimming pool and tennis court.

 Just one more house to show, the 1940's, complete with Lloyd Loom chair and one bar electric fire.

The exhibition ends on the 6th September, so glad I caught it. The rest of yesterday's trip in next post.