21 Jul 2012

Ten Pound Date Day // Cardiff Museum

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It is possible that Ten Pound Date Day is now one of my favourite days.  I love trying to think of new and innovative ways to spend time together that doesn't just involve us crossing the road to sit in the pub garden!  For the last five years, James and I have never lived more than a mile from Cardiff Museum and yet, until last weekend, we had never set foot inside the establishment.  Last weekend we decided to follow the suggestion given on my last Ten Pound Date Day post and we finally got on with it!  
And what perfect timing, I wait five years to visit and I manage to time it for the Anthony Browne exhibition. Anthony Browne illustrates the most beautiful children's books, his characters are usually gorillas or chimpanzees who have the most incredibly expressive faces and his pictures feel like a treasure hunt with hundreds hidden details in each drawing.  As a child my mother used to read me 'Gorilla' and we spent hours looking for the hidden gorillas in his drawings, some crept into the patterns of the wallpaper, others were drawings within the drawing placed on the mantelpiece and more could be discovered in the strange shadows of his slightly sinister houses.  If you live in the vicinity of Cardiff it is really worth a visit.
Once we had exhausted the exhibition we mosied round the slightly moth-eaten Natural History exhibits and spent ages doing our basking shark impressions!  Eventually closing time arrived, just as we had reached the taxidermied badgers (it is a funny ol' museum), so we went for Cake and Smoothies at a little coffee shop that has recently opened on our road and people watched until it was time to come home.

Museum: £0 
Postcards of 'Gorilla' at the gift shop: £1.20 
Drinks and a cake to share: £6.40
Total Spend: £7.60

It was a really really lovely date - certainly helped by the fact that it was only over the road.  This also ticks off no 24 from my summer plans list!

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.