Weekly Wonders – Surprising Discoveries, Time Travel and Amazing Nature

Hey there, curious one! Welcome to the second post in the Weekly Wonders series! If you didn’t catch the first one, you can find it here. Every Sunday, I will be posting a new blog post full of the things that sparked my curiosity that week. My hope is that by sharing what has made me wonder or think ‘WOW” you will be inspired to follow your own curiosity! Think of yourself as Alice and this weekly blog as your very own white rabbit, leading you to wonderland. So grab yourself a drink, get cosy and get ready to be inspired for your week ahead!

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Out & About

The not-so-secret garden

Have you ever been somewhere you’ve visited a hundred times before and then suddenly notice something new?? That was us this week. On Tuesday we headed to Lanchester garden centre where Lee pointed out some people in the distance and mentioned that we hadn’t been there. Curious, we wandered over. I was expecting to see the seating area and some nice views. What is actually there is the most magical gardens! They have been lovingly and artistically designed to create a winding pathway through flowers and wood carvings of storybook characters. You can sit in the gardens and eat or drink, providing it is purchased from the centre, of course. Just when I thought we had seen it all, there is also a wildlife area towards the bottom of the hill. Complete with pond, ducks and a hideout to watch the birds!

Topiary garden at Lanchester garden centre in County Durham Gardens of Lanchester garden centre, County Durham

Back to Beamish

I love Beamish Museum, which reopened this week. With my parents visiting, it was an ideal day out and they really enjoyed it too! The whole place is full of wonder, creating a sense of having travelled back in time. Each area is based on a particular time and shows what life was like for the people of the North East and beyond. You can see how coal was mined, children were educated, communities came together, farms were run and families lived. You can check out the Beamish highlight on Instagram for more and head to their website to plan your own visit!

Beamish Museum 1800s dining table and china tea set 1957 pram in community centre of Beamish Museum Old shop till 1900s Beamish Museum Weekly Wonders Beamish Museum cart Weekly Wonders Old Daimler bus Beamish Museum Pit village school room Beamish Museum Weekly Wonders

Wandering and Wildlife

While on our weekly walk, my friend and I got a little bit lost. Like, trapped in a field kind of lost! Where before there had been a break in the fence, there was barbed wire. So we ended up trekking through the fields, across uneven ground and up and down hills until we eventually emerged back on the road! While on our adventure we spotted some Red Kites! They were gracefully circling, gliding and swooping down to earth, I assume hunting field mice. Such impressive birds and crazy to think they were once nearly extinct in the UK! Check out the video below to find out where you can see them and learn a little more about these majestic creatures!

 

Reading

The Scarlet Code

I LOVE reading a bit of historical fiction. It’s like watching Downton Abbey, Outlander or Peaky Blinders – it’s entertaining and although it isn’t all factual, you inevitably end up learning something. I read the Thief-Taker series by C.S.Quinn and was hooked. Based around the time of the Great Fire of London and the Plague but with a good dose of murder mystery, secrecy and a little magic. I found myself thinking about what was going to happen next, long after I put the books down. I also thought “no way!” multiple times, only to google it and find more than I expected to be historically accurate! Here is a little example of that with a silly video to explain what thief-takers really were!

So, anyway, when I realised the same author was releasing The Bastille Spy, I had to read it! As you might have guessed from the title, it is about the Bastille in France. Even after years of living in France, I didn’t actually know much about the Bastille or the French Revolution so it was another interesting read! The other day I was browsing my kindle app and happened to click on C.S.Quinn’s name and realised there was a new book. The follow up from Bastille Spy – The Scarlet Code. So that has been my main read of the week. I’ve included the links to the first book in both series. It isn’t essential, but I would advise reading the Thief-Taker series first.

Watching

Moving Art. Have you seen it on Netflix? I thought it would be just some flowers blowing in the wind, like how you can have a crackling fire on the screen, but no! I put S1 E2 on and was literally transfixed. I basically just watched the full 25 minutes, it was stunning! Similarly to the timelapse in last week’s Weekly Wonders, this is perfect for a moment of mindfulness. Like healthy escapism, it really reminds you how incredible our world is. There are now 3 seasons available and each is so soothing to watch, I may start watching one every day! I bet you can’t watch without a ‘wow’ escaping your lips!

 

Newly Downloaded

Ordnance Survey has an app which I stumbled across while looking at potential walking routes. It’s easier to use than google maps as it shows the spaces between roads in more detail and highlights the footpaths. You can even search for routes in a particular area and it will show you the distance and time it takes. We haven’t used it much yet but so far looks really handy! There is a free version and if you do a lot of walking/hiking then the premium version might be best for you. You can check out the options here.

So that’s it for now! I hope you found something to spark your curiosity! I’d love to know what you think of the Weekly Wonders series! Let me know whats sparked your curiosity this week and where it has taken you! Head over to Instagram or Facebook and let’s connect! Use the tag #findmycurious on Instagram to show where your curiosity has taken you and inspire others! Have you discovered a new nature walk? Read a book on a hot topic or discovered a fascinating new idea, story or person? The curiosity frees community wants to hear from you!

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