Thursday, 7 May 2009

A week of wonderment!

Last week we had a wonderful week in Yorkshire. The weather however wasn't, well it wasn't too bad, raining almost non stop on Monday and Tuesday, but after that we did have some sunshine and it was fairly warm.
The scenery and surroundings were absolutely wonderful, but it would be in any weather.

It was my very first visit to Whitby and wow, it was everything I thought it would be, and much more. There's so much to see, we didn't know where to begin. We parked at West Cliff and we walked down to the town, the sun shining down on us. We took loads of pictures. To see the abbey in all its glory was magnificent, it's such a beautiful place.

Lunch time we went to the famous Magpie restaurant for fish (or should I say whale!) and chips. It was the most tasty fish I have ever tasted, but then when it's freshly caught it's bound to I suppose. Anyway, next time we go, we'll be trying out one of the other restaurants.
We were only able to spend a day there, but we'll certainly be going back and hopefully staying longer.
Another day we went to Goathland, Pickering and Levisham. It was great to see the steam trains and take even more photos. It reminded me so much of when I was a child as steam trains were still running, only just!

Now last week seems ages ago, and we only came back on Sunday. So now it's back to reality for a while.
Anyone who knows me, will know that I'm not one for watching the telly much. If I do, then it's mainly factual and practical programmes which I watch. So on Tuesday evening I was flicking through the channels to see if there was anything worth watching (whilst I was knitting) and I came across one of the lifestyle programmes. I think it was "How not to Decorate" or something. Well they seem to spend most of the time telling people how to do things correctly, or the "proper way" or maybe they meant "their way".
After switching it off, it got me thinking about how many times we are told about the correct way to do things. I remember when I was at school, I was in my first year of grammar school and it was in a needlework class. We had all performed a task on the sewing machine and we then had to draw a diagram and explain what we had just done with our fabric.
My friend and I sat at our desks and neatly drew what we had done, labelled, coloured and put a key into our page. We were quite proud of our work and I must say we had done a neat job.
Once the needlework teacher looked at my book she drew a red line across it and yelled " I wanted a diagram not a colour illustration, do it again!" As far as I was concerned I'd done exactly as she had told me to do, and so had my friend.What had we done "wrong" exactly?
On the same day, in the afternoon we had a cookery lesson, we were making stuffed tomatoes, and one of the girls had a good telling off from the cookery teacher because she had fried her onions to go in the tomatoes last and not first.The girl was in tears.
As I grew older I decided for myself that there is no right or wrong way in doing anything creative, just guidelines, and as long as you follow these guidelines you can't go wrong. After all, everything is open to interpretation,

and wasn't it Leonardo Da Vinci who said "Imagination is more important than knowledge?"
Well, I'm with him on that one!
Bye for now, Linda

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