So many blog posts to catch up on and June was supposed to be a quiet-ish month in comparison to what's ahead in July!
On 23rd June we had a ' minibreak' in London , staying at the Premier Inn in Brentford , round the corner from where we used to live, in order to go to an evening concert at the British Museum. This was an 'after hours' event just for Friends of the BM with the London Philharmonic Choir with music for midsummer , inspired by the Celtic collections.
What a contrast when we returned to the British Museum - walking through the gate and up the steps with only fellow concert goers instead of the usual crowds . Drinks were served in the Egyptian Sculpture Court where for once you could easily look at the Rosetta stone and other exhibits ( it's usually absolutely packed with visitors). The lighting was very atmospheric and spooky!
O Radiant Dawn' by James MacMillan sent shivers down my spine and the music played on the harp was particularly beautiful
'St Helena Olive' but they failed and the original last remaining plant unfortunately died and so it is now extinct. It was great to see this story explained through the excellent interpretation ( and the symbolism of a large, empty, pot) . Failures are just as important as successes - we developed innovative methods that have saved other plants but we were just too late.
Shirley Sherwood Gallery , fascinated by the examples of how various artists had tackled different examples of botanical illustration and revisited the Marianne North Gallery ( I'd forgotten what a fantastic collection it is)