Monday, 3 February 2014

In Every Kind Of Weather

We've decided not to take to much notice of the weather forecast from now on. We kept an eye on things all week, put off by the threat of super high tides, overtopping, rain and 70mph winds we decided to keep Dan's birthday low key and stay at home. So I built a blanket fort, stocked up on treats and planned nothing.

Then we got up on Saturday and it wasn't that bad. So we went to Liverpool to see the final weekend of Art Turning Left, well worth the visit, so we were exceptionally glad we didn't allow ourselves to be put off. The level of the river was very high, very grey and very wobbly, gorgeous. Of the many great things in the exhibition was a participation section where we were invited to stitch anything we liked onto a length of golden fabric, so I did!

does participation deliver equality?

We had some financial success at the Tate too, our Art Pass meant paid half price to get in to the exhibition, saving £4 each. Dan had also read about a parking deal so we saved £3 on parking by using the Liverpool One car park and just asking for a voucher when we arrived at the gallery. We also asked in the shop if we received a discount with an Art Pass, the guy didn't know but said "let's give it a go" and there we were, 10% off! We should have tried it in the cafe too, didn't think of that, we did enjoy a delicious lentil hotpot there, well worth a visit. 

Sunday morning was gorgeous and Dan decided he wanted to go to Ambleside, so we did. We had a poke round the shops and enjoyed the fresh air. In one of the shops I found £5 on the floor,  I told the manager who replied "lucky you". I felt a bit weird about it so when Dan suggested giving it to charity she said that they had a charity box. So that's what we did, shoved it into the mountain rescue box. I know it would have boosted the savings to keep it, and I probably would have done had I found it in the street but I didn't, so I didn't.


6 comments:

  1. Hard to give away the fiver, but the right thing, I am sure. Some stranded climber may owe his life to that donation some day. Well done you!
    We always taught our children that 'found' money [when the owner cannot be traced] belongs in the charity box. They loved it if they found a coin in the street, then hunted for the next shop with a box, to make a donation!! WE are blessed so we can bless others.
    "Give and it shall be given back to you, full up, pressed down, and running over"

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    1. Thank you Angela, you're right. It felt right to give the money away, what was "just" £5 to us could be life or death to someone else.

      It was an interesting day. Just after I found the money we nipped into a pub for a sit down and there was a day of music raising money for a cancer charity - we had a great time and it was good to get involved. One of those days for remembering how lucky we are I think.

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  2. I'm pleased you had a lovely weekend for Dan's Birthday and it turned out to be less expensive than you thought. It is lovely to do something cultural from time to time and thankfully in this country we don't always have to pay a lot for it either.

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    1. Thanks. It is nice to have such great stuff not too far away. The great thing about the Art Pass is that it plays a trick in our minds to make us think that going to a gallery or museum is a really easy option.

      We were undecided whether we would renew it in the summer but I think we will as it's well worth the money, helps us to prioritise going to see things like this and even take a chance on something we might have ignored otherwise.

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  3. I bet you are really pleased that you ignored the Weather Forecasters and had two wonderful days out.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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    1. We really were glad, it was a very special time.

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