Seize the day. This is what I am trying to do. It is all too easy to become bogged down in day to day life and worry about the house, or is that my excuse so I can crochet?!?! I keep seeing signs that say the children will not remember you for a clean house but for the time you spent playing with them. We have had our fair share of illness this year and for the times when our household has been healthy, we are trying to make the most of it and have some fun.
So with a spare day and half, London called and off we trooped. I just love the British museum and I have written about it before here, but to me the beauty of such places is that it is best to pop in and just see a small section, who can take in so much in one day as a whole museum? I find too that the children enjoy it more if you only see a section and then do not bore them stiff by spending all day there!
This time I decided to re visit the Greeks and Assyrians and I learnt a thing or two, that I am going to implement in my own home.
|A winged spirit carrying a magical cone |
and bucket by the side of an entrance 900BC
Lord Elgin... I am of very mixed opinions when it comes to what he did. For those of you who do not know, he removed many items from the Parthenon, Greece in 1806 and shipped them back to the UK where they are now displayed at the British museum, they are priceless and an important part of Greek history, yet they are here in the UK. It was only round 1975 that Greece decided to try and begin to preserve the Parthenon itself and with air pollution, many of the facades, columns and sculptures have been irrevocably damaged and so Elgin in taking these precious pieces has actually preserved Greek history for all to see. Interestingly he had no initial intention for removing anything, but wanted only to document what was there, but on discovering several sections and pieces missing and learning that those marbles that had fallen had been taken by the Turkish and melted for the lime they contained he felt he needed to remove and preserve, always with the intention of them going to the British museum. He sold them to the British government for far less then it cost him to ship them over. He even refused Napoleon's very generous and high offer to acquire them! If you are interested futher wiki has a great write up on it all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_Marbles
|This monument is the largest of its kind, named Nereid, after the daughters of the sea god, Nereus. |
Imagine being buried in such a tomb, I myself am all for a cardboard box, wonder
what the nobles would have thought of that!
|One of four female columns from the Erechtheum at the Parthenon, all the |
other three are beyond recognition and have now been removed by the Greeks
and replaced with good quality replicas.
|The four great Greek philosophers, Sokrates, Antishenes, Chrysippos and Epikouros|
|Aphrodite or Venus? Greek or Roman?|
From the British museum it is a pleasant stroll to Covent Garden and should you like a curry, we can strongly recommend the Punjab at the corner of Neal Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. It is
reputed to be the oldest Indian restaurant in London. We have been visiting here
for some years and are never disappointed.
Wondering around London and you see all sorts of sights and sounds,
I didn't dare enter this shop, but what fun!
Strolling back for a lunch time stop I walked through Russell Square park and stumbled upon an an historical bike and dress conventions. Both men and women were turned out in historically correct dress and the number of penny farthings seen was unbelievable. This is what I love about London, there is such an eclectic mix of things to see and do, never a dull moment!
We had a spot of picnic lunch on the roof top and dozed in the dappled
shade from the sun. A lazy afternoon.
As dusk hit, we took a river boat along the Thames to visit some friends and with the heat of the day cooling and the colours in the sky, it felt heavenly.
The following day was warmer still and even Canary Wharf and
the docklands looked amazing in the sunshine.
Wherever there is a subway, there is some graffiti, this one better than most.
Making the way back home, was arduous and a two hour journey turned into over four hours, but I enjoyed the people watching along the way and at nearly 6 in the evening Clapham common was still full of happy people soaking up the last of the days rays.
But there is nothing like home is there, despite the fact that there were chores to do,
it was made all the more easier with a bit of evening sunshine.
Hope you all have a fantastic week x