Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A great Easter weekend

I had a great easter weekend, Mum and Roger came to stay and we had a lovely time.

We went to the Tavern on Smithdown Road for some great Mexican food on Saturday night. I dont know anyone who doesnt really enjoy a night out in there.

On Sunday morning we went to Elm Hall Drive Methodist church - what a huge place, we stayed afterwards for coffee and as we wandered off looking for the hall where it was to be served, we seemed to pass masses of rooms. It was a lovely service, lots of young people and children and lots of music and singing. We sang "This is the way to find Salvation" to the tune of Amarillo!

I made Easter Sunday lunch - chicken rather than lamb - and in the afternoon we went into the city centre. We went to the Walker Art Gallery to have a look at the McNair/MacDonald exhibition (old friends of Charles Rennie McIntosh who taught him all he knew, as far as I could see). Frances in particular was a wonderful artist.

We also spent half an hour over coffee discussing the more obvious differences between modern and traditional art. One particular one being that while some of the larger traditional paintings took months and years to paint, some of the new art can be done in an afternoon.

On Monday we had a very interesting trip to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port where it was a special weekend for bargees. We had a trip up and down a short stretch of canal and then a very good look round the different buildings on the site. It was very cold after the warmth of Saturday and Sunday and we probably could have stayed longer and seen more if it were not for all the shivering. There are five small cottages on the site which were built for canal porters and their families. They have been preserved at various stages from their history. So there is one from the 1840s - very plain interior, no decorating or ornaments. Then we go to the late 1800s, the 1900s, 1930s and 1950s. My favourite kind of musuem exhibit - which is why I like to go to the Castle Museum in York so much, the history of homes is fascinating.

Back to the Campaign grindstone today, I spent 9 straight hours in the LP office, importing postal vote data into all of our electronic registers, working on Wendy's election address with her, helping Croxteth do their targetted mail, talking to various candidates and agents about their campaigns, printing, folding, stuffing. So much to do, so little time!

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