Saturday, 18 April 2009

Easter and the rest of life

A bit of a more comprehensive update today!

Spring has well and truly arrived--woohoo! Last Sunday Ant and I hosted a big Easter lunch and afterwards the boys went to play snooker round the corner and Pari and I took a nice walk around the neighbourhood. This is a picture of a magnolia tree in one of the front gardens on a street nearby. So beautiful! There are other trees also blossoming at the moment. When we eventually own a house I desperately want to have a magnolia tree.

I have spent my Easter holiday doing quite a lot of work related things. I went to work for two full days of revision sessions and also for one and a half days of my own work. But I feel relaxed and more organised.

Yesterday after lunch I went into the city and headed for Sir John Soane's Museum. It is a little gem of a museum--it's the private house of John Soane (1753-1837), an architect who collected everything realted to architecture and design. It's full of busts, statues, parts of columns, decorative stonework,and so on. I wasn't able to take any photos inside, but you can see some of it on the website.

I visited there for the first time last month and took this photo. Today I saw all the things I didn't have time for before, and afterwards went to a cafe around the corner for a bowl of soup and a pot of green tea. (I was also reading maths education articles and making notes!)

After my little lunch I headed to the nearby British Museum. I have been there lots of times but always find something new to see. Today I visited the India rooms and then went up to the far back corner for a special exhibition about intimate portraits. The smaller drawings and pastels were fascinating. I liked that the expressions of the sitters were often very frank. Unlike larger oil paintings, designed to flatter and impose, these were smaller sketches which generally showed affection. Here are two of my favourites.

1 comment:

Jayme said...

Lovely, the warm weather and blossoming trees bodes well for our visit in a few weeks. I am hoping that by the time we come back all the snow will finally be gone!