Thanks for visiting.
How can it be Friday so quickly? I hope you've had a good week. We're joining Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday, do follow the link to find the others, but you knew that didn't you!
I've visited another museum this week, once the garden gets going, we'll spend more time there! This Reading University Museum of English Rural Life has had a makeover recently and looks great. The items exhibited date from 1750 to the present day and there have been so many changes in that time. Here are five things that caught my eye.
One - Film
As you enter the gallery, a charming animation complete with countryside sounds leads you through the seasons. I could have stayed there all afternoon! I did get a bit of a surprise when the thunderstorm hit but it didn't last for long and I didn't get wet.
Two - Sheep
Amongst the farm machinery and artefacts from the past, this sheep looked very smart in her jumper. Next to her, the blue screen is one of the interactive games for children to help the ewe's to give birth to and look after their lambs. I gave it a go but had a few technical issues feeding the lamb.
Three - Horse
Moving on to the role of horses, what a beautifully made horse this chap is. In the case behind are lots of medical instruments used on horses but I thought you might be having your breakfast so am not showing them to you.
Four - Festival of Britain
The Festival of Britain took place in 1951, at the same time as The MERL opened. This wall hanging shows the countryside of Kent and was made for the Festival. It's one of seven designed by Michael O'Connell and hasn't been on display for a good sixty years.
You can see the oast houses next to the farm, a picturesque feature of Kent which can be seen to this day.
Five - Ladybird Books
There is a collection of Ladybird Books on the second floor part of the Archive of 20,000 illustrations for the books held by Reading University. There are lots of books which take us back in time to childhood days. Also up on the second floor are cases of exhibits which don't fit into the display.
I might show you these another day.
Have a good weekend.