Nautical Norway

Reaching my half century last Tuesday was celebrated by spending the week aboard the cruise ship Oceana as we visited the Norwegian fjords.

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Stavanger

Breathtaking scenery and glorious sunshine during the daytime and good food and first class entertainment every evening made this a birthday to remember. Here are a few of my photos of Stavanger, Flaam, Eidfjord and Kristiansand.

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Botanical bandstand

Last weekend the Bewdley Concert Band made its first Bandstand appearance at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston, we had great weather and the audience were able to picnic and enjoy the music in the sunshine.

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A postcard from Mumbles. ..

The Gower Peninsular in South Wales is a lovely area to visit with its abundance of  spectacular views, sandy beaches, hidden coves, caves and sand dunes.

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This weekend we took advantage of the bank holiday to visit my brother and his family in Oystermouth which is in Mumbles.

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After a couple of years being renovated the pier reopened this weekend and we were able to see the new lifeboat station.

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Not forgetting my other passion (after music) the lighthouse!

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And of course Oystermouth Castle is also a favourite place to visit!

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Happy St George’s Day

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At the weekend Bewdley Concert Band were joined by members of the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra and two local singers, baritone Jonathan Darby and soprano Claire Worboys for the Best of British Bewdley Proms concert at the newly refurbished St George’s Hall in Bewdley.
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A full house were entertained by works by Holst and Elgar as well as a pop medley that included Downtown, Ferry across the Mersey and I wanna hold your hand, before moving on to the Dambusters March and proms favourites Fantasia on British Seasongs, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. Fortified by a traditional fish and chip supper, the audience were in fine voice celebrating everything British and I was proud to be a part of it!
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Caravans, washboards and cider, a journey down memory lane..

Over at #weeklyblogclub it is week 14 and I’m proud of the fact that I have managed to contribute a blog every week of the year so far, and this week the entirely optional topic asked the question what do you create in your job? An interesting question that got me thinking about my work at the Worcesteshire County Museum at Hartlebury. Museums are curators of the past, we don’t create history but record it, so the answer for me must be that we create memories.

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Many of our visitors can be found reminiscing as they go around the site, and I often hear comments about items they remember from their childhood, or stories told them by parents and grandparents.
One of my favourite rooms at the museum is the laundry/scullery, with its wind down clothes airer, mangle and washboards, a glimpse of life before the automatic washing machine and tumble dryer!

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The museum also has a unique collection of gypsy caravans as part of the transport gallery, again stirring memories for many of our visitors.

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Being a “crafty” person, I love our collection of valentine cards,
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But the jewel in the crown for me can be found in the Bishops Palace state rooms, the Georgian saloon has some beautiful needle work on the six chairs, curtesy of a former resident.
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Hopefully our visitors will also create some new memories of their visit to the castle and museum, especially if they are visiting on an event day such as the country fair where our team of volunteers work an old cider press and the smell of crushed apples fills the air.
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Why not pop along and visit us at the museum, and create some new memories of your own šŸ™‚

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Feed the birds…..

There is still alot of activity in the garden with our blackbird family having completed their nest and getting ready to settle. The sparrows are also nest building and we have blue tits and goldfinches visiting. It is important to put a variety of food out for your garden birds at this time of year as they get ready to breed, and dont forget to put clean water in your birdbath!

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Spring has sprung

Despite the strange British weather, spring appears to have sprung this week – as far as the local wildlife is concerned anyway!

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This week we have seen baby calves, goats and lambs, and we have a young pair of blackbirds attempting to nest in our back garden. The female we think is building her first nest because so far she hasn’t done very well in her attempts, in fact she is trying to build two nests in different parts of our garden.

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We all have to do something for the first time,Ā  and learn by our mistakes. Time will tell if she is successful – I will keep you posted!

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The West End comes to Nottingham

We spent last weekend in Nottingham visiting our younger son who is studying at Nottingham Trent University, and we were privileged to attend a fabulous concert on Saturday night that he was singing in as part of the NTU choir.

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A Night in the West End took place at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall in support of the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre, with the NTU Choir, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and West End musical theatre star Kerry Ellis, under the direction of the NTU Director of Music Matthew Hopkins.
We were treated to a selection of music from the musicals, from Gypsy and Carousel to the more recent Wicked and Blood Brothers.

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It was a wonderful evenings entertainment, top quality music from everyone involved, and for a fantastic cause, prostate and breast cancer research, every penny raised going to the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre which is based on the NTU Clifton Campus.

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I was immensely proud of my son and his choir, and as a big fan  of Kerry Ellis (and yes he was more than a little star struck!) I am pleased he got to meet her in person! 

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The three best things about walking

This week’s walk was again a new one for us, the circular Ribbesford Walk. As the name suggests it is a circular 2 mile walk so you can start and end anywhere along the route, but there are two suggested start/end points that you can choose, the car parks at Gardners Meadow in the centre of Bewdley, or Blackstone Picnic area just off the junction of the Bewdley bypass.

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So what are the three things that we like about walking?
1- Fresh air and exercise. As a form of regular (and free!) gentle exercise you cant beat putting your walking boots on and exploring your local area.

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2- Fabulous views and scenery. Despite having lived in the Wyre Forest area of Worcesteshire for 28 years we are still finding new walks and trails to follow. We can also go further afield to equally fabulous countryside around Worcester, Malvern, the Cotswolds and being in North Worcestershire we are close to the Shropshire border.

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3- Hidden gems. We are often surprised the hidden gems we find when walking. I have written previously about Burlish Camp a WW2 miltary base and hospital, and yesterday we came across St Leonards Church with its 15th Century woodwork and beautiful stained glass windows.

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So get your walking boots on folks and get out and enjoy the sunshine!

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Bring me sunshine….

With all the rain and the grim weather we have had this winter I thought it was time to bring a bit of sunshine back into my life, so I have been busy crotcheting away using a variety of bright orange and yellow wool I found in my wool stash. The end result is my SUNSHINE BAG with a patchwork effect and decorated in sunshine motifs and buttons. It certainly gave me a lift making it and I hope it will raise a smile in everyone who sees me using it!  Bring on the sunshine šŸ™‚

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