Monday, 15 February 2010

Things to see and do

This weekend has been an accidentally cultured one…
Saturday started with tulips…



…then it saw Ben and I hop skip and jump to the Ashmolean in Oxford. Since its make over last year and its re-opening by the Queen in November 2009 it has seen through its doors approximately 6000 visitors a day, and Saturday was no exception. Full to the brim it was a great day out. The collection is outstanding, and oddly highlights for me were the cabinets both old and new. In the Ancient Egyptian collection labels were all hand written and the old pine looking cabinets a real treat. Whilst in the newly refurbished central part of the museum all glass and thick Perspex floating shelves displayed the rest of the collection clearly. Spot lit to perfection with thematic backgrounds and enough written information to understand the history without being subjected to too much text the newer displays were a credit to what a modern museum should look like. They added to the collection in such a subtle way I doubt anyone really noticed them. Unlike me who appears to have a cabinet fetish. Some of the galleries were unfinished in terms of display which was a shame but the visitors didn’t seem to mind. Plus the café served the most amazing baguette I’ve ever eaten and the cakes looked amazing!




Saturday evening (it being Valentine weekend ‘n’ all) I was taken out to Birmingham’s ‘Loves Restaurant’ just off Sheepcote Street. It was amazing! I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, the staff were friendly and polite, the service was impeccable and the food out of this world! We had the tasting menu which offered delights from your classic Goosnargh Chicken to banana and lime sorbet with pork scratching to, my favourite, passion fruit crème with biscotti – it was all fantastic.


Sunday started with croissants, as every good Sunday should, followed by a serving of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Electric. One sofa, two earl greys and a slice of carrot cake later I was over whelmed with a sense of love for that movie, Audrey Hepburn and her clothes!

After which we took a little tour around Brum, we tripped into the Bridget Riley at BMAG, which is definitely worth a perusal…

…then into Ikon to see Clare Rojas and Joao Maria Gusmao and Pedro Paive. The Rojas work was incredibly desirable and I have to admit for me Ikon’s shows have been a bit ropey of late but this particular paring was enchanting…

…finally burgers and home to watch X-Men over champagne. Perfect.

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