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A day out in Worcester [20150417|13:22]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Keiki and I had a day out together in Worcester this week.

[Photo of us at lunch. Me after I had my makeup done and then spent too much money on makeup, with Keiki looking worried that I’m going to drop him in my risotto.]

We started off with a tour of the high street, poking into various shops for long-overdue purchases of important items like new tights to replace all my raggedy old ones, and stamps for sending postcards.

[Fish Street, with graffiti and bicycles. No fish, though.]

[They like a good cupola in Worcester.]

After a coffee and a feed, we went to Worcester Cathedral. Keiki was, I think, glad to doff his cap for the occasion.

[Keiki with his baseball cap at a jaunty angle.]

I’d been to the cathedral previously, but never when it was so quiet. As I strolled around and Keiki fell asleep to the soothing tones of the High Communion sermon, we saw a harried-looking man set down a tea light and scrawl a short message in the book on the stand next to the candle-holders. We waited a short interval and then padded over to have a look.

“Another day without you but a day closer to you, Mum and Dad. I love you.” And then we had to work very hard not to burst into tears.

We descended the stairs into the cool silence of the crypt.

[Crypt pillars.]

We looked at the rotting boots of the Worcester Pilgrim, and admired the medieval stone tiles that had been unearthed in the corner opposite his grave.

[Painted tiles.]

We came back up and went to the courtyard and the Chapter House.

[The old cathedral bells.]

[Chapter House ceiling.]

[Courtyard garden and graveyard.]

The windows surrounding the courtyard have stained glass memorial plaques embedded in them.

[This one reads: “In memory of David Charles Lennard Sheppard M.C. Major Royal Artillery
Died of wounds in Italy
December 25, 1944”]

[And this one: “In memory of Lawrence Barnard Carlton R.A.M.C.
He gave his life for his comrades Aug 10 1915”]

Feeling melancholy, we went for lunch at the Ginger Pig on Copenhagen Street, which we recommend highly for delicious food, generous portions and friendly staff.

[Keiki and me, lunchtime.]

Our last stop before hopping on the train home was the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, a small but wide-ranging compendium of disparate displays that I didn’t get to investigate properly but which intrigued me enough to want to go back.

[Can’t claim to be a museum about Worcestershire if it doesn’t include the sauce.]

[Stuffed bat has its back to the visitors.]

[Probably because it figures weasel is a sufficient deterrent from prodding.]

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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2015-04-17 17:05 (UTC)
Those crypt pillars looks awesome, and I enjoyed your account of the Worcester Museum! Wonderful photos. Looks like you and Keiki had a great time. :) What did he think of the bat?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-04-21 15:10 (UTC)
It's all cool and quiet down in the crypt, and there's a little chapel as well.

He wasn't too impressed by the bat, or by anything else. He was hungry!
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2015-04-17 18:25 (UTC)
Sorry, just had to say - in the first pic, you say Keiki's looking worried. Personally, I feel that it looks more like the expression of a small child thinking "I could fall face-first into Mum's risotto... THIS IS ALL I HAVE EVER DREAMED OF" :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-04-21 15:12 (UTC)
I like this interpretation, although he takes little notice of food at the moment. Humuhumu was trying to grab bits of my dinner off my plate at this age, so it's weird that he's still so disinterested.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2015-04-18 11:26 (UTC)
Oh that's sad. :( Looks like an amazing place though.

And hey, who doesn't like a good cupola?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-04-21 15:12 (UTC)
It is! I'll go back sometime and take some photos in the main part of the cathedral. I didn't want to disturb the service.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2015-04-18 15:46 (UTC)
Lovely photos.
I lived in Worcester for years and visit regularly. The museum was a favourite haunt but the best displays have been dismantled. There was a full size Victorian Pharmacy/Apocathry shop. I loved it. The huge jars, the glassware and, of course, dark wooden shop furnishings featuring hundreds of drawers. It smelt old.
In one dusty corner was a small clock, obtained by one of the first soldiers into the Bunker.
The Cathedral is beautiful and atmospheric. If you can find the path there is a rear exit down to the river and a meander back up to the main bridge. In the Summer a ferryman plies his trade from the river gate.
There is one grave within that marks the point in history where everything changed for the Church. Within lies the eldest son of Henry VII. Arthur, had he lived and reigned with his Catholic Queen his younger brother Henry would have stayed as a 'spare'.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-04-21 15:15 (UTC)
The full-size Apothecary is still in the museum! But it's only open on a Tuesday afternoon, apparently, so we couldn't go in. :(

I started down the path to the river but Keiki started howling for his lunch so I didn't get to go very far.
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