We were very impressed to be able to take in an enabler (my son) free of charge to the Lowry Exhibition at Tate Britain in London last week. So, in spite of not being able to see most of the darker paintings, I could understand the context and social history. Even if you don’t like Lowry, this exhibition works on many levels and is worth a visit.
There have been a lot of improvements at the gallery since my last visit. The new configuration of exhibits seems more accessible and the lighting is excellent.
Especially enjoyable was seeing the permanent exhibition through the eyes of two 10 year old girls. Their sometimes shocked response was entertaining and enlightening. ‘I could do that’ turned to ‘why?’ And ‘how?’ Of course, most shocking to them were the nude sculptures!
A visit to Cambridge, travelling across country again by train, was more of a challenge. Why does the signage have to be so poor? In spite of the difficulties, I am pleased at my growing confidence in travelling alone.
The weekend started with a book launch and continued with a lot of socialising, food and drink. Lovely to be with such hospitable friends.
Negotiating the streets of a tourist hub proved hazardous and infuriating. Teenagers from all over the world were glued to their phones and MP3 players. Even a white stick wouldn’t have helped.
Back in London, lunch at a special restaurant with my teenage grandson was a treat. I bet him a book that he could not eat all three courses on the menu. He lost because he said he ‘just wasn’t feeling it’. But we wandered up Charing Cross Road to Foyle’s and he got his book anyway.
Now all shiny and new, Foyle’s is still an Aladdin’s cave of nooks and crannies. Even though I can’t see small print, I still love being in bookshops. Long may they survive!
Recent reading and Listening
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on Kindle. A good holiday read but it didn’t take me long to figure out the ending.
Gardens of Water by Alan Drew on Playaway tape free from my local library. I can’t read the name on the label of the superb narrator of this story of a Kurdish family in A Turkish earthquake. Loved it.