Hello and happy Sunday!
Are you having a nice and relaxing day? I hope so. Sit down comfortably and enjoy this week’s ramblings:
The Geffrye Museum
London is full of museums. One of my favourites is The Geffrye. Located on Kingsland Road, in the heart of Hoxton, the museum allows you to discover how homes have changed in the past 400 years.
Visiting the museum is like travelling with a time machine. Each of the 11 rooms recreates the interior of a part of a middle class house in a different era. Everything, from the furniture to the curtains, from the lighting to the heating, and the little every day objects that fill a home, is as it would have been centuries ago.
A lot of museums only show you a bunch of objects in a sterile setting, forcing you to fill in the blanks. Here, the past truly comes alive. You can almost see the lady of the house entertaining her guests over a cup of tea, or a couple retiring to sleep after a long day of work. Some of the samples and artifacts can even be handled, allowing you to truly touch the past.
The museum also has beautiful gardens. Those at the front, open all year round, allow visitors and Londoners to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet in the heart of this busy metropolis. Those at the back are period gardens, and they show how domestic gardens have changed and evolved during the centuries.
You can also visit the 18th century almshouses, which the museum has painstakingly restored to its original condition. It’s a great chance to see how the poor and elderly lived in London from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries. It’s a very poignant and emotional trip to a sad page of our past.
Entrance to the museum is free. For the almshouses, instead there’s a small fee, but it is well-worth it. If you can’t make it, or would like a sneak peek, you can take the virtual tour on the website. But beware! You’ll then feel a strong urge to book a ticket to London and see it in person!
What I’m Reading Now
Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up And Being Who You Are by Emily Roberts
This is another book I wish had been available 15 years ago. It would have made my teen life so much easier! Emily helps teeangers navigate the many difficult situations, such as romantic relationships, frenemies, and texting drama, they encounter every day. She shows them how to effectively communicate their wants, needs, and feelings in an assertive way that doesn’t come off as aggressive or bossy. The key is to just express yourself, and be true to who you are.
For every real-life scenario Emily provides lots of tips and tricks and useful scripts that will help you deal with it with confidence. And she does so in a friendly way. No preaching here.
Although the book is aimed at teengers, young adults (and any woman who still has trouble communicating effectively) will find it very useful too. You can find it at Amazon.
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