‘Gentleman come try your skill’

Actually the quote doesn’t relate to the Martin brothers pictured in my header photograph, but to something called a puzzle jug. Puzzle jugs were an 18th century drinking game, where the drinker was encouraged by the inscription on the side of a jug to drink from it without spilling any of the contents. Sounds relatively easy until you see the jug! Note the position of the numerous spouts.

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The Victorians knew what they were doing

It is thanks to the municipal Gas department, a Devonian and two Cornishman that Birmingham’s world class Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) was founded and built. Designed by Yeoville Thomason and opened in 1885 by the Prince of Wales, I found the building interior as beautiful as the artefacts it displayed.The Round Room

Our journey began in the Round Room but it wasn’t long before I found myself in the Industrial Gallery – partly because of the contents but mostly because of the architecture. Continue reading

Seven Gardens of Remembrance for Passchendaele

You may recall I popped across to Belgium with my Mum and her cousin so they could visit their uncle’s grave (and my great uncle!) on the 100th anniversary of his death. One of the highlights were the Memorial Gardens in Zonnebeke.

PasschendaeleLocated in the centre of Ypres Salient, Zonnebeke was destroyed by the Great War. It was not until the 1920s that people even began to return and this small town was completely rebuilt. There is a museum here which tells the story of Passchedaele and for this year one of the many dugouts has been drained and reopened to enable visitors to experience what life was like for the tunnellers of World War One. It was the dug out which brought us to Zonnebeke, and we all found it an interesting experience. However it was the Memorial Park, an unexpected discovery, which had the emotional impact.reflecting the battle lines and scars of Flanders

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