Archive for the 'Gardens' Category

Henry Moore and Open Air Sculpture at Kettle’s Yard

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A fascinating talk at Kettle’s Yard last night ‘Henry Moore and Open Air Sculpture’ by Dr Jennifer Powell the senior curator at Kettle’s Yard. Dr Powell is fresh from curating the newly opened Moore Galleries at Tate Britain and gave us a fascinating insight into the idea that Moore heading up a British school of […]

Anglesey Abbey and a real working water mill

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Thomas came to visit me today and we drove out to Anglesey Abbey. As the name suggests the area was originally the site of a priory that was established in the C12th. Almost 65 years after the Dissolution of the Monasteries a chap called Thomas Hobson (he of Hobson’s Choice) bought the land. He converted […]

A weekend in Oxford

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We spent the weekend in the Other University town! After work on Friday Tim and I drove our hire van packed with bikes, laptops and several different types of shoes southwards. We arrived at Culham at the end of the day – just in time for a guided tour of the fusion research center. Then […]

A lecture on the daric and walk in the Botanicals

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

This cold weather has preserved little patches of crisp white snow everywhere, so cycling around outside feels very scenic. Today was a day of crisp fresh air and frozen water. I cycled to the Fitz to attend a talk by Dr Adrian Popescu from the Department of Coins & Medals on the ancient coinage of […]

A weekend in Shrewsbury and Ludlow

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Tim, Mum and me hired a car and drove up to Shrewsbury on Friday. We’ve found a great place that lets you hire a car for £55 from Friday to Monday which is perfect. On Saturday we drove to Attingham Park to have a look at the C18th Regency house that is undergoing a massive […]

From the Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Grenoble to Le 5

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I spent a very pleasant afternoon in the Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Grenoble. Situated in the Jardin des Plantes it is a cool, calm, polished wood, C19th kind of place. Entrance costs €2.20 if you have a job, €1.50 if not and young people pay a joyful €1.10. You can get an audio guide for […]

Jardin des Plantes

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Today I went to the Jardin des Plantes and read Felix Holt – not all of it of course. It was so nice that I took a picnic back there in the evening and continued to read. The garden houses the Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Grenoble, some lovely lawns to sit on, beautiful flower beds […]