You travel - You do museums. You just do. Museums are repositories for our culture. For the culture you are visiting. You may eventually reach a point of,
“NO MORE!!!! Aghhhh!”
But so far I have enjoyed all the museums we have wandered through. Today we did a museum I did not think could exist. How can you have an entire museum dedicated to such a small interest group. But here it is. Almost in the centre of Keswick in the Lakes District we found a museum dedicated to - the pencil.
It makes sense to those of us of a certain age. I am sure many of us had a set of Derwent coloured pencils. Or perhaps Lakeland coloured pencils. This museum is run by the company responsible for these coloured pencils - and it was great.
I love the Scottish sense of humour. They can laugh at themselves in a way no-one else can and make everyone feel good about it.
Today we visited the Wallace monument. The grounds surrounding the monument are quite wonderful. There is a steep walk up to the monument from the coffee shop. You could use the bus but hey… don't take that… walk. Then you make the most amazing discoveries.
The walk up the hillside shows a view of Scottish history in wood carvings. Every turn of the twisty track shows a sculpture of ancient and not so ancient Scotland.
The sculptures are delightful but one especially caught my eye.
It was the aviation related one of course.
Potted History Alert!!! Beware - some actual truth may appear in the following story.
Why This Blog
Three years ago, my sister Julie and I travelled to the UK for 3 weeks. It was 50 years since we had arrived in Australia as £10 tourists. We wanted to see all the places we remembered from our childhood. Not only the places we went to in our childhood but also the places we had never seen but had formed part of our family culture. We felt the trip was a wild success. But there was a down side… we needed to go back and finish a few things off. 2018 and we are back. So let me tell you all about it.