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Day 136: Procrastination is the Thief of Time.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011



Oh, this is SOOO me! *grin* I've been there, done it, and bought the planner!

I can find a 100 things to do that are less important than the one thing I NEED to do. :-)

Do you know how you can tell when my procrastination is at its worst? You'll find me cleaning the house! This generally signals that I've run out of more pleasant forms of procrastination, and am resorting to last ditch distractions.



What is the reason for this brief interlude in my blog?

Well, I managed to delay my work hours to such an extent that I had a pile of work to do over the weekend, hence my disappearance from SP. :-) Usually I either spread my hours out through the week, or get them done as early in the week as possible, to free up the rest of the days to do other things. Last week, however, I found myself playing catch-up drastically, and for the life of me, looking back, I can't see why! :-)

So, this week, I'm trying to do better.



So...

On Monday I did my first three hours of volunteering at The Big Garden.

I know - not work! LOL

But not procrastination either! :-)

Look what I did!

I put a bed to bed!



We covered the bed with a mix of compost and leaf mulch, then piled about 4 binbags full of leaves on top. Then I was asked to switch jobs and two other guys covered the leaves with netting and pegged it down.

Meanwhile, I was directed to the leaf mulch bins, and was asked to dig out the old bin, transfering the leaves to one of the compost bins, so that we could refill it with freshly raked leaves.

As fast as I filled a wheelbarrow, clambered out of the bin, and trundled the leaves to the compost bin, someone would come along and snag them for the beds they were tucking in for the winter. :-)

I was so busy that Wayne (one of the other volunteers) had to come and alert me to the fact that we were due a tea break. I scrambled out of the bin and followed him up to the shelter, where we early birds sat and chatted and got to know each other over a brew.

Then I clambered back into the leaf mulch bin again. LOL

Two more barrowfuls and my back was starting to moan, plus I had to call a halt because there seemed to be a lot of roots at the bottom, indicating a rip in the plastic sheeting, so Jo decided to save the rest of the job for Thursday and asked me to come and help her fix some plastic onto the poly-tunnel doors for the winter. Once we'd done that, I was asked to harvest a bucketful of greens while Jo repaired holes in the poly-tunnel where some determined little crittur has been scratching and nibbling to get inside.

At around 10 to 1 we started packing up, and the spoils of the day were shared out. This is what I came home with:



I really enjoyed my time in the garden, and I'm looking forward to going back next Monday. :-)

I'm considering doing Thursdays as well, but judging by the aches and pains when I woke up this morning, I may be sensible to settle for once a week until my back and arms get used to it. :-) I deliberately avoided any strength training yesterday and today because I didn't want to push my luck. My back has eased as today went on, but my arms are still a bit achy.

Then today, Tara suddenly annouced she wanted to go into town. Seeing as I had nothing better to do (apart from work, LOL) I agreed, and in we went. She wanted to check out Ace Comics first, and she found a nice lot of goodies for her wishlist, then we went to the Library where she handed in her 4 Manga books, and borrowed 8 more!

Then it was off to Waitrose, via Castle Park.

The Road To Nowhere:



Spot the Wildlife:



I love the contrast between those little topiary forms, still with their autumn shading on, and the bare avenue of trees stretching into the distance:



So, I did a little work this evening, and plan to get a good few hours in tomorrow. National strike tomorrow, so I figured it was best to stay home and not make plans to go anywhere or do anything, just in case the disruption is as widespread as the unions hope. :-)

Hope you all had a good Tuesday.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 11/30/2011 4:34PM

    Sounds like one heck of a workout at the garden!
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Hope you get all caught up.
Love the pics ~ always give me a laugh!
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CARLA-216 11/30/2011 3:46PM

    I'm so glad, but not surprised, that you enjoyed your time in the garden! Bet your spoils were yummy, too.

I'm a terrible procrastinator, and yes, housework is a common thing I'll do when I'd rather not do something else.

xoxo
Carla

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WANDAH3 11/30/2011 3:22PM

    So have you run out of distractions yet!? *grin*.

Hugs,
Wanda

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SENATOR9 11/30/2011 10:51AM

    That is why I got a wife for emoticonPlease don't tell her that I'm too young to die emoticon

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SCREWIE 11/30/2011 7:53AM

    I am lolling like an idiot here.

Housework is also my last ditch procrastination :D

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DIDMIS 11/30/2011 2:55AM

    WOW you really worked and got in your exercise, then you put a great deal of effort in the blog.
Nice.

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2011 2:45AM

    Hi Lex
Sounds like you had a productive time and made some new pals, hope you enjoy your reward and the muscle aches go hun.
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_LINDA 11/29/2011 7:18PM

    Interesting photos, but rather dark, had a bit of trouble seeing them. Those topiary forms were neat!
Sounds like they had you working like a dog at that garden!! Enjoy your spoils! Hope you feel better tomorrow!
Neither Mum or I could make out a critter unless what we though was leaves was a squirrel...
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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Day 132: A Jigsaw Puzzle For You

Friday, November 25, 2011

White Lolcat in the Snow.

www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=I509T4Y
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Have fun! LOLOL



Tomorrow's featured jigsaw will be Black Lolcat at Midnight! :-)

Exercise today was a Wii Day.

I did 35 minutes in 5 minute increments on my Cyberbike Game. Numbbumitis is a regular feature of this game, but I do enjoy it. :-)

Then I did Workout 4/20 of the EA Sports Active Personal Trainer on the Medium intensity setting. That came to a total of 23 minutes.

Then I did a random set of Wii Fit Plus exercises aiming for a minimum of 30 minutes cos the Fitpiggy likes you to do at least 30 minutes. :-) It makes him jump up and down with happiness. :-)

So that was pretty much 1 1/2 hours of exercise today.



Been a quiet day here in Lexieland, so this is a short blog for a change. :-)

Hope you have had a good day.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 11/28/2011 6:41PM

    That jigsaw is evil! :)))

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CARLA-216 11/28/2011 2:17PM

    Interesting, challenging jigsaw!

Great job on your workout! I love the term "Numbbumitis". Sounds nicer than when I say that riding the bike at the Y makes my bum feel wide as the whole outside! LOL

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 11/26/2011 8:20PM

    Puzzle was fun! Thanks for sharing!
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Awesome job on the fitness!
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LOVESLIFE48 11/26/2011 7:45PM

    Great on the exercise!! I told my mom & son I want a wii for Christmas, I think I'm getting it!! emoticon

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WANDAH3 11/26/2011 5:41PM

    I like that "Lexieland"....kinda fits with "winter Wandaland". *grin*

Hugs,
Wanda

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CHEVY63 11/26/2011 4:04PM

    Great job on the exercise!

Love the pictures emoticon

Have a great weekend!

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SENATOR9 11/26/2011 9:18AM

    It will take me all day to do that puzzle emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/26/2011 2:51AM

    Great workout Lex.
And thanks again for introducing me to Jigidi, as predicted I AM hooked emoticon

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_LINDA 11/25/2011 9:45PM

    Wow!! You exercise demon you!! Great stuff! Can't wait to get back to my high speed connection to try those puzzles. I love challenges. I have done all sorts of weird and wonderful puzzles, and hope maybe will have a chance in doing some during my convalescents. Right now I am enjoying a whole lot of reading and Sparking :)
Have a Super Saturday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNIE924 11/25/2011 7:55PM

    Love the pictures, Lexie. They made me smile, and don't we all need smiles? emoticon

Wow 1 1/2 hours of exercise, I am impressed. Good for you. emoticon

The puzzle is a little too challenging for me. emoticon Have a great day.

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Day 130: Exercise DVDs Free to a Good Home, and The Problem With Pesto

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I have a couple of exercise DVDs that are free to a good home.

One is a Tai Chi DVD, which I just didn't manage to get into. It is called Tai Chi For Relaxation and Good Health, and is the Hun Yuan Tai Chi 24 Form (if that means anything to you). It works in Region 2.

The other is for use with a Mini Trampoline. It is called PT Bouncer Complete Body Workout and is by Karl Frew. It doesn't have a region number, which may mean it is universal. But don't quote me on that. :-) It certainly works in Europe. This DVD I love, but unfortunately my bladder loses all control when I jump on Tigger (my mini trampoline). I can jog on him no problem, but jumping is a total disaster, and a lot of the DVD has you jumping fit to bust. I'm sick of peeing myself. LOLOL

So, rather than have these DVDs sitting in my home gathering dust, I thought I'd ask if anyone would like them.

If I get no takers I'll pop them down to the charity shop, but I wanted you guys to have first refusal.

If you are interested, sparkmail me and let me know. :-)

In other news...

Is it an age thing, I wonder? I don't recall having this issue some years ago when I last ate pesto. But now I burp for hours after eating it, and I have no idea why. At least they are cute little burps, not blasters! LOLOL



So, today has been a rest day. Timing is everything, and as it was the first rest day of the 30 day challenge, and TOM's full on day, I decided to take it really easy. TOM is being a literal pain this month. *sigh*



So, I've spent most of that day on Jigidi - the jigsaw website I love but haven't had so much time to play on recently. :-)



Mind you, I also did dishes, cooked a meal, and did some laundry, so it hasn't been a totally lazy day. :-)



But it has been lovely to just sit back and chill.



I hope you are having a good day. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOE4LIFE 12/1/2011 4:40PM

    Glad you are doing well. Keep up the great work and thank you for all your support. Sometimes I feel I don't say it enough.

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CARLA-216 11/28/2011 2:00PM

    You're so nice to offer up your no longer used DVDs to your Spark friends! I have a couple I should do the same with.

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Carla

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YOYONOMORE1 11/25/2011 1:56PM

    Lexie do you guys celebrate Thanksgiving? I get confused on who celebrates what when, lol. We had a wonderful family feast yesterday and had leftovers for lunch today. I am still tried from being on my feet so much yesterday, was going to put up our little tree but now maybe tomorrow. Yes, me and jumping doesn't happen anymore for the same reason, the old bladder ain't what it use to be, lol. We have a nice, sunny day here, a little on the windy side. Enjoy your weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SENATOR9 11/24/2011 10:15PM

    Have a great day emoticon

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BOVEY63 11/24/2011 8:20PM

    The problem you have on Tigger when bouncing, I have the same with jumping jacks, so just don't do them.
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The pics were great as usual, and the workout tape on fast forward was hysterical!
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WANDAH3 11/24/2011 5:54PM

    When ever I need a great pick-me up, I wander round to see your blogs. Thank you for always lifting me up and putting a smile upon my face.

Many hugs,
Wanda

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/24/2011 3:42AM

    OOH a jigsaw site you may have created a monster.HAve you tried www.filmon.com it is awesome you can watch anything for free on your computer.I like it cause I can watch all the British shows but the HD payper view are on there too ! hugs,Cheri

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NEW-CAZ 11/24/2011 3:25AM

    Thanks for the offer Lex.
Thanks also for the puzzle site suggestion, I haven't done one in years and just know I'll get addicted now emoticon


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_LINDA 11/23/2011 7:03PM

    That is right nice of you, giving those DVD's to Sparkies, hope you get a taker! Sorry your TOM is a bother, I am sooo happy not to deal with that..
A productive day is good! I love jigsaws, but its been a very long time since I have done one. Wouldn't dare with my step dad's connection, fall asleep before the piece would move LOL.
Enjoy your Thursday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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Day 129: The Woodpecker's the Thing

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

On Saturday morning I had the distinct delight of watching a Green Woodpecker spend half an hour in my back garden, rooting away in the grass for his breakfast, while I was preparing and cooking mine. :-)



I have never seen a woodpecker that close to me in my life. In fact, I've only seen them once before - at Highwoods a few months ago - for the very first time. So this seemed like a very significant sighting to me, and I wondered about the meaning.

Its arrival in my life coincided with a real change of direction for me, as my post that morning yielded conclusions to the main stress issues, as well as a lovely pressie from a friend, and I also plucked up the courage to attend an event at the Art Gallery that afternoon on my own. Going to events alone has never been something I felt comfortable doing, but somehow on Saturday I managed to change that and I'm so glad I did. :-)

I'm glad, because it seems to have also acted as a catalyst for other things to happen. I feel happier than I have in ages. More awake, eager, willing to make some changes in my life, because for some time now I have been in quite a rut in a lot of ways. Much as I love to do it, the combination of working from home and home-schooling has by its very nature made us a little isolated. At first it was by choice because of all the bullying Tara suffered. We both needed to retreat to lick our wounds. More recently though, I have wanted to spread my wings a little, and now opportunities to do so are turning up. Thank you Universe! :-)

They built The Golden Banana just for me. *grin*



Yesterday (Monday), I walked Sophie at Highwoods again, and as we walked around the third field, she went through a gap in the hedge that took us into a field we hadn't walked through before. Deciding to let Sophie choose the route I followed her, thinking the path through the field would wind to our right, and head us back to the track I'd been aiming for anyway.

But I was wrong.

Instead, it veered left, taking us to a path that necessitated us walking past The Big Garden, which is a project funded by The National Lottery, the local council and various other bodies such as the North East Essex Primary Care Trust.

Every time I've walked by there has been no one about. The garden is only funded to be open for a few hours a week, and never when I've been passing. My timing has never been all that good. *grin*

But this time there were people there, and although I walked on by for a moment, something compelled me to backtrack and attract someone's attention. A young man near the gate said hello, and directed me to Jo, the lady in charge, and she came over to the gate. She said Sophie could come in if she was on a lead, so in we went, and we were given a little tour of the garden. Within a few minutes I found myself opening my mouth and asking if I could volunteer there!



Now, this seems a weird thing for me to do. Both my girls' jaws dropped when I told them. Tara's was easy to watch as it hit her laptop with a thud, and I heard Bry's hit her kitchen floor with an audible slap when I told her over the phone! LOL

You see, I'm not much of a gardener, as the state of mine will attest. It is probably why the birds love it so much. My garden looks as wild as Highwoods most of the time. The first year we were here I did try growing some herbs and veg, and it went very well. I had courgettes and beetroot, carrots and peas all growing like crazy. Everything I planted grew.



The second year, though, the slugs and snails moved in and ate everything I tried to grow.



I was put off after that, and although the herb garden kept going, I gave up on the veg, and my health also took a bit of a nosedive, which didn't help.

Then the bramble took over and that was that!



So, you see, me asking to work in a garden, digging, and making compost and all that kind of thing, is a very strange thing for me to do. I don't like what I term 'icky-stickys' either. LOL

AND there's a wasp nest right at the entrance with a big warning sign, and I REALLY don't like them!

But I knew I had felt the need to ask for a reason, and so I told Jo I'd start next Monday. They are open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-1pm, and every other Saturday from 11am-3pm. I plan to make Monday my regular day, and do Thursdays as well when time permits.

There are obvious benefits to this of course. :-)

I'll be out in the fresh air. I'll be getting exercise. I'll be learning about organic gardening through hands-on experience instead of trial and error through reading a book. They'll have all the tools and things I need to use. And I'll be in the company of people who will be interesting to get to know.

Also, all the volunteers get a share of the produce that is grown there. A definite bonus, that is! :-)



All the way home I thought about what I'd done, and the more I thought about it, the more I wondered whether the Woodpecker had something to do with it. So when I got home I pulled out my copy of Ted Andrew's book Animal Speak and looked up the Woodpecker.

Oh my! So much of what he says about the Woodpecker made so much sense to my situation. The very last line though, was what captured my total attention. It quite simply said:

"It is now safe to follow your own rhythms."

And that is the truth of the matter. I need 'safe'!

Fear is my issue. Fear is what always holds me back. Fear stops me from doing so many things. But now I seem to be gradually conquering that fear, bit by bit, step by step, and I'm allowing myself to try things I wouldn't normally be willing to do because of my fear.

First the talk at the Art Gallery, and now volunteering in the Big Garden.

www.colchester.gov.uk/news_det.asp?a
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www.colchester.gov.uk/news_det.asp?a
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I wonder what opportunity might present itself next? :-)



Changing the subject...

My exercise plans had a week or so off during and after Bry's visit. I just really needed a bit of a break from the usual routine to recharge my batteries and try and cope with the stress.

But I started back on Sunday, using my new Cyberbike, and doing a few dances with Just Dance.

Monday saw me starting a second 30-day challenge on my EA Sports Active Personal Trainer. I've set it to medium intensity this time, because, apart from a couple of things like squat holds, I was finding it wasn't pushing me on the easy setting.

Not so easy now! :-) Yesterday's session was around 20 minutes, and had me doing more and lower squats than I would normally do. It was hard, but I did them. I'm pleased about that, but was more pleased to find that today's workout was squat-free, thank the gods! LOL

Today's workout was 26 minutes long, with lots of lunges of various types and lots of upper body work. I enjoyed it more than yesterday's workout, but I was really sweating from the exertion by about halfway through, which is great, and on both days my limbs were a little shaky by the end of the workout.

This is what I need - to be more challenged by strength training. If I lift weights I don't feel pushed and I don't push myself much at all, but for some reason this game pushes me and I don't want to admit defeat so I go past my comfort zone! :-)

Tomorrow is a rest day. As before, there are 20 workouts and 10 rest days. I'm looking forward to seeing how well I get on this time. :-)

With all that, plus well over an hour walking with Sophie on Monday, and a 30 minute aerobic workout today (Tue), I'm finding my enthusiasm is back. I haven't quite made my step counts daily, but I'm less concerned about that now.

Technically I'm on a target of 7400 steps a day (which I did make today actually) but I'm letting Active Health say how many steps it thinks I should be able to manage for a change. :-) The game thought I could do 8100, and I've not managed that yet this week. Also, TOM kicked in today - four days early - which doesn't bode well for the rest of the week's step count either. :-) I am very very achy today.

Wow! I got a bit serious today, didn't I! :-) But you can probably gather that I've been doing a lot of thinking over the last few days. I guess this blog is part of that process. Writing out your thoughts can be quite helpful I find. It tends to help me get my thought processes organised.

For now though, it is time to give that process a break and get myself off to bed. :-) The Woodpecker may be opening up my mental faculties, but mental faculties also need sleep. LOL

Hope you are all well.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 11/23/2011 1:01PM

    Volunteering at the garden sounds like a wonderful opportunity; and great that you are doing something out of your comfort zone.
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CARLA-216 11/23/2011 11:06AM

    So exciting to see a new bird, especially in your own garden. And then to take it as a sign, to read about the woodpecker in Animal Speak, what it said...just wow. I love this!

I also love that you're stepping out the comfort zone...going to the gallery alone, volunteering. I need to take some cues for you because fear does hold me back a lot. Fear of failure and fear of rejection. I'm so proud of you for stepping out!

Enjoy the volunteering! I would love doing something like that but there's nothing like that near me. How awesome you get to share in the bounty you help create. Just sounds like a great thing all around.

And finally, good on you for taking the EA Sports Active Personal Trainer to the next level. To keep seeing progress, challenging ourselves is key!

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 11/23/2011 3:16AM

    emoticon on volunteering Lex, you'll have a lot of fun I'm sure.

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LINDABENEDICT 11/22/2011 11:26PM

    WOW ! Congrats on volunteering !!!! Now more flora and fauna will come to know your awesomeness !!!!! Can't wait to read the stories you will tell !

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_LINDA 11/22/2011 10:07PM

    WOW!! I am in awe of you Lexie!! And totally amazed you would do things like this!! I so understand that rabbit hole mentallity -its a lot safer in our warm homes then venturing out to meet the big, bad world -my break from my cocoon was my bridge.. I am so happy you are expanding your universe, and accepting new challenges!! The old saw that which doesn't kill you will only make you stronger!!
Here is to the new, go getter Lexie! You are going to help and learn at the same time -things don't get any better than that!!
Spread your wings and enjoy the flight!
I am so happy for you!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNIE924 11/22/2011 8:24PM

    You are making such positive strides in your journey. Good for you for moving out of your "comfort zone". I know that expression is now something of a cliche but it seems to fit here.

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Day 128: The Golden Banana, & How It Nearly Became The Lump of Liver!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meet the Golden Banana:



It has also been called many far less flattering names, including the £28 Million Pound Bling Bikeshed. An ironic title, considering one of my favourite exhibits is entitled Two Cows, which is artist Subodh Gupta's impression of the streets in his hometown of Khagaut in India and is a blend of golden bicycles and silver milk churns. The cow is a sacred animal in Hindu society as a symbol of unselfish giving. :-)

This page wafts through some of the art on display, including Two Cows:

firstsite.uk.net/page/144/Camulodunu
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To then come face to face a little further down with Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup II - Oyster Stew was quite a surprise as I've always wondered why anyone would pay a fortune for a picture of a tin of soup. I must admit though that getting the chance to look closely at the work, I am very impressed with his skill, and therefore I felt compelled to give homage to Andy Warhol's talent in my own style...

My own version of Campbell's Soup - The Devine Celery On Teatowel!



Of course, the choice of Oyster Stew was to tie in with the exhibit celebrating the Oyster Feast that stood close by. Ancient and modern seeing as the feast dates back to Roman times. :-)

I love a good segway! LOL

I have to say that, despite all the controversy (and there has been a lot), I liked the opportunity to be so close to famous works of art. The gallery is a 20-25 minute walk from my house, and is free to browse through, which makes it a real draw when you are strapped for cash (and the walk includes steep hills, so great exercise can be had too).

They do have collection boxes dotted about, and we will contribute to those when we can, but to know that, for example, you can view JMW Turner's sketch book for nothing! What a privilege!



The firstsite (no capital letter) gallery (its real name) has been a long and painful conception, pregnancy and delivery. Beset by problems from the start, it is a minor miracle that it finally opened in September this year.

I was first aware of the plans back around 2005, when the final four designs for the building were made public in the local newspaper, and I wish I could show you what the choices were, because there was one that seemed to be a front runner for a while, that I and many others claimed resembled a lump of liver!

I am very glad that the Golden Banana won out in the end (I'll eat liver, but draw the line at liver eating me! ;-) ), and the architect - Rafael Viñoly - I personally think is very talented. I am not fond of all modern art or all modern architecture. In fact, when I first saw the almost finished building I was shocked by its similarity to a well-wrapped and strangely shaped Christmas Present! The resemblance so struck me that I was tempted to enquire as to where they planned to place the ribbon and bow! :-)

But the building has grown on me. :-)



For details about the design, and the innovative foundations that stop the building from damaging the ancient archaology beneath, this link includes explanations by the architect himself:

www.dezeen.com/2011/09/22/firstsite-
by-rafael-vinoly-architects/


Sadly, amongst other issues, the original contractors claimed to have the skills to carry the work out, but didn't, and from what I gather there may have also been some financial shenanigans by some of the council members. There are certainly suggestions that more money has disappeared than is accounted for, and amongst other things around £1.5 million is being claimed back from the original contractors. Time will tell what really happened during the six years this has been going on.

Our MP has been against the project from the start and still refuses to support it, claiming he is speaking for us all, which he most certainly isn't. There is certainly a lot of negativity about it, many people moaning about the bus station having to be first shrunk, and eventually moved in order to make room for the gallery! A strange objection to my mind, but each to their own opinion...

But getting back to the positives, I also love that apart from the Berryfield Mosaic (housed under glass in the floor as shown in the photo below), all exhibits are temporary, and will be changed every eight weeks or so, which will mean I'll keep wanting to go back and see what's new.



I love that there is such a marriage of the ancient and the modern encompassed in the whole thing too. From the Roman artifacts, to the latest in Resin Art, the first exhibit has married the two beautifully, in my view.

I also did something I would never have dreamed of doing before. I booked a seat for a talk on the Berryfiend Mosaic, which was hosted in the auditorium (see pic). It seats just under 200 people and was about half full for the talk, so not a bad attendance. I was nervous about going alone, but I wasn't the only singleton, and the talk was fascinating, so well worth the walk and the time, and it was free too!



So, when did we first visit?

On the Wednesday of Bryony's stay we made our way to the gallery for the first time, and we even had lunch in the cafe. The chips were served in miniature wire baskets of the design you see in chip shops, with perfume bottle style vinegar sprayers, and little pots of garlic mayonnaise. Bryony and I also tried a Portobello Mushroom, Goat's Cheese and Pesto Sandwich, and it was delicious!

I made a wee fool of myself, not being sure what was in the spray bottle at first, and after spraying it on a chip and not tasting anything, I remarked to Bryony that it may be a spray for washing our hands after eating the chips, in which case the staff in the distance had probably had a good laugh, watching me spray it on a chip! LOL

Turns out, it was vinegar, so I was right the first time. I asked one of the waitresses in the end, because I am not one to shy from looking a fool in order to get the right information! The only silly question is the unasked one! :-) I told her what I'd said to Bryony and she laughed with me, saying the bottles confuse a lot of people. :-)

A few minutes later I almost made a very embarrassing mistake, and tried to walk into the gents instead of the ladies. Fortunately, Bry spotted my error and called me before I got as far as the door. LOL

Even the loos are modern art, with waterfalls instead of sinks. I loved that, once I'd figured out how they worked. :-) The loos, you will be pleased to know are conventional designs, and clean. (Some designs shouldn't be messed with! LOL)

But I got away with my pride intact, and we all enjoyed our visit. :-)

I hope you have enjoyed this little taster, and if you ever visit Colchester, you will have to visit The Golden Banana, because love it or hate it, you have to be able to say you tried it! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 11/22/2011 10:24PM

    Very interesting, this museum!! Glad its close enough for you to continue to enjoy! A vinegar spray sound strange -I love it on chips. Needed to see this strange loo photo..
Cream of celery indeed -looks good enough to eat ;)
Thanks for the links!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/22/2011 8:05PM

    Thank you for sharing the Museum with us. I agree, it is an interesting shape. I laughed at the thoughts where the ribbon might be. It does look like a giant Christmas present lol. I like when Museum's change the themes around. Makes it so interesting, and what a treat that you can walk to the building. emoticon

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ONESTUBBORNTART 11/22/2011 3:55PM

    Oh wow, that is an amazing building. I had to laugh at your experience with the vinegar spray, that sounds like something I would do .lol

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INFLATED 11/21/2011 4:16PM

    We have a museum where I live and the exhibits are changed out frequently. We used to live within walking distance of it and it was a favorite place to take visitors to our home or my children on a Sunday afternoon.

It sits in the midst of City Park and the kids could go play in the park afterwards.

Thank you for the blog about this place.

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YOYONOMORE1 11/21/2011 1:55PM

    Great blog and love your sense of humor. That's quite a building and it's nice the exhibits will be changing and you'll have new things to see. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 11/21/2011 12:42PM

    I enjoy visiting galleries - especially at no charge!

Loved the blog, your sense of humor had me laughing throughout!
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Have a wonderful day Lexie!

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NEW-CAZ 11/21/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon Lexie, what a great gallery!

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SENATOR9 11/21/2011 12:12PM

    emoticonWould love to visit

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CARLA-216 11/21/2011 11:52AM

    Looks like a very neat gallery. I hope you enjoy visiting time and again!

I love your The Devine Celery On Teatowel! Priceless!

xoxo
Carla

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