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Reflections during April

As April is nearly over thought I should get a move on and post something before the month ends.  It has been fairly dry but cold hovering around the 10 degree centrigrade mark.  Some good things happened and some not so good.  The not so good is the fact that the house builders have moved into the field surrounding our house and begun great earth-moving and earth-shattering operations. Everything is covered in a layer of fine yellow sand.    As it’s now May I am cutting my losses and posting April quickly.  This used to be a field growing barley, winter wheat, potatoes or peas.

 

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The National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Last month we visited the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.  I had never heard of it before but it is certainly well worth visiting.   Apart from all its other activities (check out their website):

 www.nationalglasscentre.com/

there is a fascinating section on the history of glass and glass-making in the area with interesting examples which will take you back to your childhood or even your mother’s and your grandmother’s childhood.
There was a beautiful display of glass art by a local artist and an exhibition of stunning glass pieces on loan from USA.
A display of glass blowing showing all the skill and patience required to produce even the simplest piece of glass, let alone one with different colours, swirls and shapes, completed our visit.  Well, perhaps not quite, there were also the very tempting wares on display in the shop and an exploration of the glass roof, scary for me, but not for everyone.

Happy New Year 2016

So, I managed no posts this or rather last year at all.  In my defence my OU course last year on Exploring the Classical World and this year’s module Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds are keeping me rather busy.  I hope, perhaps, to do better this year.  Maybe I could aim for at least one post a month.  I could surely manage that!

In the meantime, keep writing  …..

 

Happy New Year for 2016

Happy New Year for 2016