'If you make happiness your goal, then you're not going to get to it… The goal should be an interesting life."

Dorothy Rowe

Wednesday 10 July 2013

The good and the bad.

Good thing 1.

I managed to complete a special request from Babybel, for her school float in the local carnival.

These are a unicorn tail and unicorn hooves. Obviously. Not sure about the hooves, but her daddy thinks they will be OK.

Good thing 2.

We went into Southampton to see the exhibition 'Uncommon Ground' at Southampton Art Gallery. The sun was shining, the traffic was relatively light, there was plenty of parking space, and the exhibition was good. What we saw of it. 

Bad thing 1.

The Gallery now closes at 3 p.m. (and doesn't open at all on Sundays, when it used to be busy) so we had about 45 minutes, which meant we managed a room and a half before they threw us out, very politely. I expressed my disappointment, very politely, because it isn't the staff's fault. I just wish the city council realised what an excellent gallery they have. 

Good thing 3

We were delighted to discover a herd of rhinos has invaded Southampton. We spotted five, and photographed 3. 

Bad thing 2.

All the photos I took turned out blurred. Every blooming one. And the ones of the Spitfire artwork on the Solent University building next to the gallery. (Well done, Solent! Don't get me started on the city's neglect of the Spitfire connection while spending £££££ on a Titanic museum.) But I digress. 

Either my little camera is packing up, or letting the VHC experiment with it was a bad idea. Or both. It seemed to have been set on macro, which I hadn't done, but maybe the VHC had.

Good thing 4.

A friend had recommended the Art House Cafe, which is just across the road from the Solent Uni building.  We used to like the Gallery cafe till the council in its wisdom closed that too, but the Art House is a more than equal substitute. Good coffee, good cake, and the main meals looked good too. 

On the whole the good things outweighed the bad, so it wasn't a bad day. And we have an excuse to go back and have lunch at the Art House, in between visiting the gallery again in the morning and photographing rhinos again in the afternoon.

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