Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Woodland

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

American Museum Christmas-So Steampunk!

Last weekend I made my annual trip to the American Museum Christmas opening. I always enjoy visiting, but in the winter certain parts of the museum, like the Conkey's Kitchen section, seem extra cosy.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Radstock Museum

After looking at the Stitches In Time exhibition, I decided to have a look around the permanent exhibits at Radstock Museum. It is a fairly small museum, housed in the former Radstock Market Hall, and run almost entirely by volunteers. It focuses on local history, especially that of the local mining community.

One of the main attractions is the Victorian style schoolroom, which is very popular with visiting school groups.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Back Into The Woods...

Different ones this time. I've been trying to go for more walks, especially while there are still a few leaves on the trees.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Stitches In Time Exhibition

I was lucky enough to catch the last day of the "Stitches In Time" Exhibition at Radstock Museum-a display of work by local needlecraft groups, interspersed with some comparable items from the museum's collection. It was incredible. I will let the photos speak for themselves, but if you are interested to look at more of these artist's work, I have put a list of credits at the bottom of the post.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Into The Woods

Friday, November 01, 2013

Falconry Day

On Wednesday I went to the American Museum for their annual falconry day. 

I also went last year, but I think this year was even better! For one thing, it didn't rain, so watching the falconry was much more enjoyable and the birds were able to display better. 

Chilean eagle

Harris hawk

And, I got to hold a barn owl! It was rather appropriate as I was wearing a dress with owls on.

After looking at the birds we went for a little walk through the grounds.

It was a really lovely day, I can't wait for the Christmas events at the Museum now. Thank you to Harry for all the photos of me and the photo of the Harris hawk. All of the birds we saw were from Ray Prior Falconry.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

By The Lake

Tuesday, July 02, 2013


Monday, July 01, 2013

At The Lake

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Walk

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Lovely Light of May

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spring Twilight

Friday, April 05, 2013

St James' Church

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Chickens & Peacocks & Ducks, Oh My!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Perfect Afternoon

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Country Walk

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

York Castle Museum

The other museum I visited during my time in York was York Castle Museum, which isn't actually in a castle but in a rather grand looking building which stands on the site of the former York Castle. 

I didn't have time to look around the whole museum, so I looked at the sections on  social history, with artefacts from ordinary people's lives, such as this lovely sampler...

and an array of ornaments and teapots.

There are lots of recreated rooms from different eras in York's history. This one looked so cosy!

The 1940s kitchen had some beautiful cups, and stockings hanging from a drying rack on the ceiling.

There was an exhibition of toys, which ranged from traditional dolls and bears (incidentally I would have loved this doll as a child!)

to video games-there was a whole case on different Nintendo consoles.

I obviously liked the toy sewing machine the best.

Another gallery dealt with the big milestones in life-birth, marriage, 

and death.

The crowning glory of the museum is the recreated Victorian street,

which is complete with street lamps and is light half the time and dark the other half to really give the effect of what a Victorian street would have been like in daylight and at night. There are even sound effects of different weather conditions!

There are shops which you can go into, my favourite was unsurprisingly the fabric shop.

The pharmacy was full of interesting looking bottles.

The sweet shop had real sweets for sale!

There was even a prison! I shut myself in the cell for a few moments but it was incredibly uncomfortable and quite creepy so I soon released myself.

York Castle Museum also has collections of costume and textiles and military history, I didn't have chance to look at these but my ticket is valid for the rest of the year so I am planning to go back. I would definitely recommend this museum, the Victorian street was one of the most fun things I had done in a long time!