Bog Men and The Cost of a Drink!

Actually they have very little in common apart from the fact they both relate to Dublin. 

The bog men which you can find in the Natural History Museum are alarming fascinating.  You feel that you shouldn’t be looking at them as in its wrong to stare, yet you can’t take your eyes of the detail of their bodies and demise. 

On the other hand the cost of drink, food, and staying in Dublin is jolly expensive.  I would say the most expensive European city I have stayed in recent years.  

A couple of examples, two chocolate eclairs. . €10!  A glass of wine  €9! And Guinness  €7a pint.  And as for the cost of a meal…….

Comedy in Dublin 

I arrived in Dublin yesterday, it’s packed full of fun things to do and explore but I have noticed it’s not packed full of Irish born people though. 

Lots of Americans, Chinese and generally everywhere else in the world apart from Ireland itself. 

But we did find where they were hiding later in the evening, in a tiny room in a back street bar doing comedy. ..and they were very funny too 😄

The Best Swing Ever 

Today, I arrived in Dublin for a short break with my son.

We had a few hours to kill before checking into our hotel and came across Trinity College . To my surprise it’s a huge tourist attraction, full of guided tours and every inch being explored by tourists 
Then I spied a sign pointing to a science gallery, I love these type of things and this little gallery didn’t let me down.  It was full of things to do,  push, pull etc all resulting in noise. 

Now, call me a big kid but they had swings that when you sat on them and used  them to swing they made noises. ..oh yes, I was swinging on a swing that played music. ..it’s the small things that make you happy and I loved this …

A one off

On year ago today I ran a spoken word and music event in the anthitheatre of Birmingham City Centre Library. 

It was a lovely warm day and the anthitheatre was brilliant.  The sounds projected up into the roads above.  

All the audience loved the event and it was a thrill for the performers to have such great natural acoustics. 

“Why won’t it happen again?” I hear you ask? 

Because they have buried the amphitheatre in cement and soil to save on costs! 

A ghostly photo 

I take a lot of photos and often upload them to social media sites. 

Yesterday was no exception when I visited a friend for their birthday, what was exceptional was when someone pointed out a ramdon photo in between my photos of a sunny day in Bristol a rainy night time photo of an unknown Street. 

I checked the likey suspects what’s app, any photos that had been sent to my in news feeds etc.  There was not a thing,  this photo has appeared randomly in my phones gallery from nowhere. 

This is even more odd. .the photo of the rainy Street changes to a totally different photo when I am trying to upload it on here…no joke!

The ghost photo…

Were they UFOs ???

Yesterday there was thunder and lightening in Birmingham.  Not my favourite weather to say the least..

I have never liked lightening, this probably started when as a young child my mum used to encourage us to hide in the cupboard under the stairs for safety in storms! 

I am not crazy about flying either but a few years ago I had both of my least favourite things together, a lightening storm on a flight back from Egypt. 

My husband at the time encouraged me at one stage to look out of the window , when I did I saw about 5 large balls of light bouncing slowly around the night sky in the distance … 

UFOS / lightening balls? ???

Where’s that? 

I have lived in the West Midlands for over 20 years, when my children were young I was a member of the Nation Trust and we explored all the local manors and attractions they had.  

But I have never heard of   Wightwick Manor  and it’s only in Wolverhampton. ..where has this little gem been hiding? 

Yesterday my daughter and I added it to our radar and took a look,  it lovely.  A huge manor in delightful gardens and incredibly welcoming with croquet in the gardens, billiards in the home and lots of interactive stuff to become involved with

You see. ..it’s not just children who like to play 😉