We went to the Museum of London on Saturday, to see the exhibition of the Cheapside hoard. While the jewels themselves were lovely, I didn't enjoy the exhibition as much as I thought I would. It was because of other people! The exhibits are very small, and all have written information in front of them. This causes people to bend down, often obscuring the view for anyone else waiting politely behind their shoulder. The people I was behind for much of the exhibition were very slow readers and didn't really seem to care too much about other people who were trying to look at things too. That, combined with the type of exhibition and display made it frustrating. What I did like were the necklaces, which were really delicately made and enamelled, and it was then interesting to look at paintings of the period where these were worn in swags rather than hanging straight down. I was also interested to see the one fake in the collection. It was red and green paste in cheap gold, and although pretty, had none of the sparkle of the precious stones. I would also have happily taken one of the rings home! Anyway, after the exhibition we went for a tasty lunch then a walk down to St Paul's before going home again. The things below caught my eye!
A cat running up the stairs as we walked down.
An out of order police telephone.
Interesting street name.
Copper sulphate staining the stone beneath a fountain.
A shadow in a circle.
Ancient heads and modern commerce.
A statue with a drink.
A beer bike. In the rain. Fun.