The Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare Garden
Adkins Lane,
Bearwood,
Smethwick,
B67 5DP

Admission Free

The Shakespeare Garden was established in 1915 within lightwoods house’s former walled gardens. The house was thought to have been built by Jonathan Grundy in 1791, but a brick in the wall is inscribed Jonathan Grundy, June 19, 1780. Jonathan Grundy is the first known occupant of Lightwoods House and lived there with his wife and daughter until his death in 1803. His widow continued to live there until her death in 1815, and their daughter lived in the house until she died unmarried in 1829.

The house and land then passed to Jonathan’s niece Eliza, the wife of Henry Goodrich Willett. When Eliza died Henry continued to live there until his death in 1857. The house then pasted to his nephew, Captain H. J. Willett, owho lived in the house for a few months and in 1858 leased it to George Caleb Adkins. Adkins bought the house with some land from Willett’s trustees in 1865 and lived there until his death in 1887. In 1902 the house and land was put up for sale and it was thought it would be used for housing, A. M. Chance brought it for a park for the people. In October 1902 the committee which had raised the purchase money handed over the property to Birmingham corporation as a public park. The garden opened in 1915 and contains specimens of the plants mentioned by Shakespeare in his books. The garden and the house have under gone a lot of work in the past few years and is now a cafe, it can also be hired out for weddings.

The Garden used to be one of the places my son loved to go when he was little, he loved the fish in the pool.

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Mundesley to Walcott

Mundesley to Walcott

Around 4 mile
This walk was originally meant to be to Happisburgh 6 mile, but hubby developed a rather big blister and we had to walk back, (no buses on a Saturday), so we called it a day at Walcott and after a drink we walked slowly back.


We were lucky enough to have caught the tides right on the day we did this walk, so did the whole walk along the beach and promenade.

The starting point is the  museum in Mundesley. Turn right as you look at the sea and hit the beach.

The beach is quite rocky/stony in places which is quite hard going, there are also a lot of groynes  which have to be climbed over or you can take your shoes and socks off and paddle around them. Always fun 🙂  The walk continues along the beach beneath the  industrial complex of the Bacton
Gas Terminal, one of the main gas terminals in the UK.

A lot of sea birds can be seen on this walk and we were lucky enough to see them nesting in the cliffs. Sometimes seals can be seen out to sea, however we were not lucky enough to see any.

As you approach   Walcott the Promenade starts, the bad storms of the month  had caused some damaged to the  promenade lifting parts of the concrete, but nothing that couldn’t be gone round.

A nice little walk that we intend to do again, but hopefully the full length next time.

 

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Mundesley to Cromer Coastal Walk

This is a lovely gentle walk of 10 mile.

This walk can be done along the beach if the tide is out or a mix of beach and cliff top. It’s a straight walk along the beach. But as we didn’t want to wait for tides we did the mix of both.

Starting at Mundesley museum we head towards Sandy Gulls campsite along the road, then crossed to walk along a path between the edge of farmland and a row of trees which hid the road, a very clever idea. We followed this path until we came to Trimingham, a very pretty village, just past the church is a right hand turning that takes you through woodland and out onto the cliff tops. The cliff path is easy to follow but you do have to watch your step as the cliffs are badly eroded and there were at the time we walked ground nesting birds. The views are spectacular. Once we reached Overstrand  we took the very steep concrete drive down past the beach huts to the beach. We continued our walk along the beach into Cromer.

We had planned to walk back but spent a little too long looking around and playing on the pier so caught the bus back to base.

 

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St Julian

The Rectory
8 Kilderkin Way
Norwich
NR1 1RD

Admission free

St Julian is one of the most famous of Norwich’s churches because it is associated with the mystical visions of the anchoress (an anchoress is a woman who chooses to withdraw from the world to live a solitary life of prayer and mortification), the Blessed Mother Julian of Norwich. Both church and mystic took their name from the adjacent Priory.
Julian of Norwich is thought to have been the first woman to write a book in English which has survived. The Revelations of Divine Love, which is widely acknowledged as one of the great classics of  spiritual life. Revelations of Divine Love is based on a series of sixteen visions she received on the 8th of May 1373. Julian was on what was thought to be her deathbed when suddenly she saw Christ bleeding in front of her. She received insight into his sufferings and his love for mankind.
Julian saw Gods love as unconditional like that of a mother and father.
She wrote, For I saw no wrath except on man’s side, and He forgives that in us, for wrath is nothing else but a perversity and an opposition to peace and to love. She wrote that God sees us as perfect and waits for the day when human souls mature so that evil and sin will no longer hinder us.
Julian’s message remains one of hope and trust in God, whose compassionate love is always given to mankind.
People would come to her cell in Norwich to seek advice. Considering that at the time the citizens of Norwich suffered from plague, poverty and famine. She would have counselled a lot of people in pain, but still her writings and beliefs are of hope and trust in God’s goodness. She would console people with the words

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well…

The small church has a lovely feel to it and it is all too easy to sit down and lose track of all time. We couldn’t get into the cell as it was locked, so a trip back next time we are that way is penciled in.

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Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral
The Close
Norwich
NR1 4DH

Admission Free.
Tour Free

Norwich cathedral is one of the prettiest cathedrals I have been in. Founded in 1096 by Bishop Herbert de Losinga, the first Bishop of Norwich after he moved his Bishop’s seat from Thetford to Norwich in 1094. He set to work building a new cathedral and monastery run by the prior and his monks, following William the Conqueror’s practice of consolidating both secular and religious power in one place.

A Anglo-Saxon settlement and two churches were demolished to make way for the 44 acre walled enclosure. The riverside location was chosen because the majority of the stone used to construct the cathedral was imported from Normandy.

The Bishop never saw the completed cathedral as he died in 1119. The Bishop was buried in a tomb before the High Altar. Bishop Everard de Montgomery continued with the construction and became the second Bishop of Norwich. The cathedral was completed in 45 years.

The spire is the second tallest in England at 96m, and has the largest surviving cloister.

Take the tour as the guide points out many of the things you would miss walking around on your own, like the bosses on the ceiling which tell the stories of the Bible from the creation to the last judgement.

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Tilly

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Max Eastley

Max Eastley – Aeolian Harp and Sculptures for Perrott’s Folly
Perrott’s Folly
Ladywood
Birmingham

Admission Free

The exhibition consists of eight Aeolian* single stringed bows mounted on the roof of the tower. The sound the wind makes as it goes through the harps is amplified and played thought speakers onto three of the seven floors below. The artist wants the installation to guide peoples attention to the wind, the atmosphere, climate and sounds of the environment.

Perrott’s Folly is 69 foot tall tower, built in 1758 and is a grade 11 listed building and has a spiral staircase of 139 steps, the only way up and down. It is thought that Perrott’s Folly and nearby Edgbastion waterworks were two of the towers in J. R. R. Tolkine’s Lord of the Rings .

*An Aeolian harp is a harp that plays music when the wind blows through it. named for the Greek God Aelous. This harp has been know for centuries and was first wrote about by Athanasius Kircher in his  1673 book Phonurgia nova, the harp became popular in the 18th century.

The Music produced is both eerie and beautiful and because the weather is in control you never hear the same piece of music twice. I will attempt to visit again before this exhibition finishes.

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Tilly

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Colourscapes

Eye Music Trust – Colourscape
On Tour

Admission varies depending on where you experience the installation. Around £3.50 to £4.00

Think a bouncy castle maze without the bonce but with music and you have it. This is a wonderfully relaxing away to spend half an hour. The blurb on the MAC site stated Across the lake, nestled in Cannon Hill Park, MAC and Eye Music Trust presents Colourscape, an amazing walk-in labyrinth of intense colour and light. Enter a new world where views of intense colour open up in every direction. The colours radiate as you make your way through 25 interlinked chambers including a large silver dome filled with musicians and dancers. As they lead you through the ‘Symphony Of Senses’ fragrances are released synchronized with the music. While we had the colours and music we didn’t get the fragrances.

Before you enter the labyrinth you are given a coloured cape to wear so that you become part of the installation, remove your shoes and enter. then you can take whichever path you wish, sit where you wish and listen to the music, or find the sliver room to see the dances. The colours are really vibrant especially the Red and the whole place has an almost spiritual feel.

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Tilly

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