This blog has the title of my 4th book; the first in the 'Sofia Trilogy'. Other books are 'Time & Tide', 'No Regrets', 'Stay in Touch', and the second and third of the 'Sofia Trilogy', Sofia's Legacy' and 'Love You Forever'.
Friday, 3 June 2016
On Your Own Doorstep... Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Lady M here and looking out of her study at beautiful trees in full leaf. It is June and summer is on the way. It is the time of the year when the days are long, the nights short and hopefully that glorious thing called sunshine will brighten our days. Well, we live in hopes! These are the days when going out is a pleasure and for the next few weeks I am taking the "on your own doorstep" theme. It is so easy to travel the world yet miss what is only down the road.
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is five miles away from me in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham. Just round the corner from the Council House and Victoria Square. For me, it was easy and free to travel there using my concessionary travel pass into the city, but if you haven't reached your senior years admission is free anyway.
Once inside a new world opens up... room after room of excitement and joy in the form of glorious, exquisite paintings plus artefacts from numerous cultures... Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Romans and Ancient Americas. Then there is the Sultanganj Buddha, the largest surviving metal Buddha from Ancient India and over 1,000 years old; this was one of the first objects to enter Birmingham's collection. There is a new gallery housing the impressive Staffordshire Hoard and another gallery displaying the history of Birmingham. I had a wonderful time there last September. Yes, I did spend some money on lunch in The Edwardian Tearooms but I did not succumb in the gift shop!
Birmingham has so much to offer. Only yards away from the museum is the beautiful cathedral on Colmore Row. Originally, a church for a small community. As the community grew, this little church became the new cathedral. I enjoyed spending half an hour there listening to the organist rendering lovely tunes. There is something special about the sound of organ music... it is soothing and relaxing.
Then, of course, there is the new library next to The Repertory Theatre. I visited that last year and talked about it in my blog on 17/07/2015. Just look in the archive.
Okay, so you don't live near Birmingham but do you know what is available in a city or town near you whether it be Manchester, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Salzburg, New York or Canberra?
Until next week, I leave you with this thought:
Tomorrow is not promised to us so make the most of today! Wherever you wander just remember to take a good book with you!