Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Good Kharma

I love to watch the British--and original version of the--Antique Roadshow, and this week there were broadcasts from several locations which I'd visited last month. (I think they were actually filmed in 2009, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the programs.)
One was at St. Fagan's, the Museum of Welsh Heritage, a collection of homes, stores, and other buildings, spanning several centuries, and furnished with appropriate antiques of the respective eras. They were moved to the site from all over Wales and are attractively set in a large rural parkland. We didn't have enough time to do more than a short wander, but at least it gave everyone in the group the desire to return at a later date.
There were also two programs from the British Museum in London. I hadn't been there for many years and this was the first time I'd seen the glass roof addition. Very attractive. I get overwhelmed by large museums--just don't know where to start--but it's still an amazing place.
Later today I leave for Scotland. I'm very excited about this--it will be the 14th Scottish Skeins & Skerries Tour. Hard to believe that what started out as an idea in 1995, would still be going in 2011. As in the past, we have an interesting group of travellers--from many places in the U.S. and Canada, plus one person from Australia. For this year, I've added one more day on Shetland so that we'll be able to visit the islands of Unst and Yell.

Friday, June 3, 2011

May 2011 Trip to Wales by Shirley Scott

Wales – Heritage, History & Handicrafts
Joyce James Tours -May 13-23, 2011
Article by Shirley Scott (Shirl the Purl)

May 13- 23, 2011. It’s finally here! Those dates have beckoned to me from the pages of my calendar all winter long, adding a little ray of hope to the cheerless days. I’ve left my home in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and my dear little cat Frankie in the able hands of my friend Katrin to start on this adventure. Now I’m in Toronto, meeting up with Joyce and some of the gang to travel to Heathrow together. What fun! After an enthusiastic rendezvous at Pearson and the usual restless night over the Atlantic dawn comes pretty darn early to our group . We stumble from the plane and shoot off immediately on the fastest moving sidewalk I’ve ever clung to. We’re in the big city now, I think. No time for ambling along, lost in obscure Celtic thoughts.

I am so looking forward to this trip. Wales is on my bucket list. I’ve loved the Celtic world for as long as I can remember...

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Joyce James is conducting a second trip to Wales:
SEP.1-12, 2011
More Information at this link.