26 July 2014


The past few days have seen us in Bristol, where my daughter, Sarah, lives. David and I first went to Bath and visited the American Museum in Britain on our way there on Wednesday, where there have been a lot of changes within the museum itself. But also in the exhibition building there is the Kaffe Fassett exhibits of his textile art, which included knitting, tapestries and patchwork.  This exhibition is on until the beginning of November.

The outside of the exhibition had a tree decorated with pots with fabric on them and pom-poms.
This was one of the mosaic decorated pots outside the door
All that colour gives you a clue to the colour overload in the hall.

There was more colour outside in the gardens.

This photo was taken just before the museum closed for the day. It took us all afternoon to see everything. 

Thursday we went into Bristol City centre and the waterfront to visit M Shed.  It is free and gives a lot of insight into the history, it's industries, about the communities and people.  There is an additional exhibition (that's not free, but not expensive) to the Wallace and Gromit exhibition.  The makers of the films, Aardman Animations, are based in Bristol and the exhibition shows how the ideas are formed from storyboard pictures to the final result.  Their attention yo detail is fascinating and how much can be fitted into a scene of probably 24" wide and about 15" high.  But there was the chance to have my photo taken with my new friends, courtesy of David

But a joint selfie didn't work out too well!

After all that excitement, further along the waterfront was the SS Great Britain. The first iron ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Not terribly brilliant photos from my iPhone.  I've taken camera pictures too (I must upload all those pics, haven't done last weeks either).  This has also changed a lot from when we visited a long time ago.  It is kept in dry dock as the hull is badly rusted and there is an opportunity to see the underneath of the ship which is kept in dehumidifying conditions. Absolutely amazing.  Inside the ship one could she how the different classes of passengers travelled.

Yesterday we spent time with Sarah, mainly shopping and eating!  A chance to see the city in the evening after eating at Jamie's Italian.

Today before leaving for home, David wanted to go to Cheltenham to visit the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (GWR), which happened to have a Diesel engine gala day. A railway has to be done on our trips but then the American Museum was for me and he did also drive me to Poppy Patchwork shop in Westbury on Trym, so I don't mind a railway. Here's some of my iPhone pics

Just to finish off, this is what we saw in Cribbs Causeway shop with Shaun the Sheep (s).


  1. That looks like a great day out!

  2. What a lot to see! The textiles sound great and I love Wallace and Grommet :)


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