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Solid ground

Well I’m well and truly into the swing of things with work. I’ve taken on a bunch of extra shifts and it’s been great. The Walker’s new exhibition, Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion had its grand opening this past weekend and it was a huge success and totally hectic to say the least. The exhibition features works by the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt and seeks to recognise the Liverpool connection in the development, patronage and strong support of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The paintings on display are really something special and sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to immerse myself in these works. One of my particular favourites is a piece called The Eve of St. Agnes by John Everett Millais which is on loan from the Queen’s collection and try as I might I can’t find any image online that does it justice. The below image is the closest I could find.

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The Eve of St. Agnes – John Everett Millais

If you have an opportunity I would highly recommend you go and see the exhibition in person. It’s on at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool until the 5th June.

Life is going ok at the moment. The homesickness ebbs and flows. Some days it is overwhelming and all I want to do it hide under the covers in my room but other days it is more manageable and I can think about what the weeks will bring without a fluttery feeling in my chest. Starting work has definitely helped as it has given me a focus and a purpose. I think it helps to be busy. I am definitely missing warm weather. Yesterday morning was a clear day, the sunlight filtering into the front room held a touch of warmth and I’m not ashamed to say I bathed in it like a cat, lazy and stretched out on one of my cousin’s plush couches. I might enjoy winter but growing up in a summer country will inevitably leave its mark.

I’ve been house/cat sitting the last few days in South Liverpool while my cousin Becca and her partner take in the sights of bonnie Scotland. It’s a pretty nice area and the solitude hasn’t bothered me. I’ve been filling it with episodes of the excellent TV show Suits, books by Marie Rutkoski, drinking many cups of tea and doing a little bit writing. Bliss! I also went out with a gang of people from work on Sunday night and met some new faces. It’s been a slow process but I feel like I am finally finding my feet. Whether I am here for a year or twenty years. I know that this experience will have been worth it.

I’ll leave you with a playlist I compiled this month of all my favourite live and acoustic songs. It’s a youtube playlist so you should all be able to listen if you’re interested. It’s got some of my all time favourite covers and all of the songs closest to my heart. Enjoy.

Until next time,

Alana

 

 

 

 

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