Wednesday 28 August 2019

I Forgot to Take Photos

Eloise - hugs

Today we went to the National Coal Mining Museum. Jill, I may have gone past your former house as I think the sat nav took me past everyone's house within ten miles. We went all around the back lanes and up some serious hills and I was soooo grateful that we didn't meet tractors. According to Google Maps timeline, we went thirty miles. It felt a lot long, especially when I got stuck in traffic on the ring road.

Unfortunately, I was walking with a stick today as my hip has just gone. I am so tired. But we tootled to Tesco, where I bought bear and his pal breakfast, then we drove to the museum. It was only £5 per car, and then £5 per person for the underground tour. The underground tour took around an hour and a half. The tour guide had quite a dark and abrasive sense of humour, but it was really informative. We went down in one of the cages, along some of the galleries and passages and learned about the little kids working at five years old in pitch dark down mines, and of the hard labour for fifteen shillings for a family for a week, when most of that would have been taken back by the mine owner in rent and food from the company shop.

The most dramatic part was when we all turned off our lights and were in complete darkness. Until then I hadn't really thought about the phrase 'velvety darkness' but it did feel like that, sort of soft textured and complete.

I really recommend a visit there, but take sandwiches. I felt I should buy something for the lads, but both of them were very unimpressed and it was a lot more expensive than a very decent breakfast at Tesco.

DH has very kindly made dinner and I plan a knitting evening tonight. It's back to blanket knitting weather.

Hugs to all.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds a fab place for little boys! Or girls, of course. I find that children generally enjoy seeing what life was like in the 'olden days'. I took my granddaughter to a local stately home. She said that she liked it but it was a bit old fashioned. I pointed out that at 600 years old, it would be!