On Tuesday we went for a walk along the canal in the market town of Stone. We hadn't walked along this stretch of the Trent and Mersey canal for quite a while.
I love the old brewery building. Joules is an old established company started in the town in the late 18th early 19th century by the Joule family. Here is a - link - to the fascinating history of the Joule's involvement in the brewing industry and also their connection with the standard measure of energy known as 'the joule'.
After our walk we stopped for a coffee and a shared chocolate twist before setting off to Uttoxeter to visit the museum.
We don't visit Uttoxeter very often, I'm not sure why because it is a nice, friendly little town.
With lots of interesting buildings and alleyways.
The Museum didn't open until one o'clock so we decided to have some lunch at a little cafe in Old Saddler's Yard.
We didn't go into the Vintage Tea Emporium although it looked very interesting from the outside. I think this would perhaps be a good place to have a birthday tea as a special treat. We got to the Museum about 1.20p.m. and it still hadn't opened up even though notices on the door said it should be so that was quite a disappointment. We could see the 17th century and wartime kitchens through the windows and it all looked interesting so I'm sure we'll go back another time to have a look.
In the evening we watched Nora Ephron's 'Julie and Julia' and really enjoyed it. I know I'm late to this film as it has been out at least a couple of years but it is a feast for the eyes from beginning to end and well worth seeing if you haven't already - especially if you like Paris, French food, 50s clothes, blogging and marmalade coloured cats.
Yesterday we went to the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle to see another super production by Northern Broadsides - this time it was Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' directed by Barrie Rutter.
As usual it was fast paced and well acted with faultless and humerous timing . The company never fail to amaze me with each actor's ability to not only act but to sing, dance and play a musical instrument as well. The play ends on a poignant note as the rip roaring Morris style 'stick dance' turns to the sweet, gentle singing of a traditional folk song as it draws to its spellbinding end.