The Deluge

Mum had an early appointment in the fracture clinic to assess progress on her broken arm. The appointment ran smoothly but as I suspected she needs to keep the plaster cast on for another couple of weeks. The doctor, a charming young man sat down next to mum when she was disappointed that the plaster cast had to stay for a little longer. On the plus side he told us that the fracture was healing nicely.

The hassle-free appointment allowed Mr C and I to venture into Birmingham to find a board game shop, Wayland’s Forge that we haven’t visited for years. It has moved location since our previous visit and is now located in the Zellig building, part of the Custard Factory.

We had lunch in the city centre before making our way to Digbeth where Wayland’s Forge is located.

Near to the location it wasn’t obvious where we needed to be and were thankful when a gentleman asked us what we were looking for. He gave us perfect directions and informed us that he was the maintenance man for the building.

The Deluge

Just inside the building we encountered a strange sculpture which I later found was titled ‘The deluge’.

The board game shop was well stocked, the owner was friendly and welcoming and after much deliberation I chose to buy an expansion (Pantheon) to 7 Wonders Duel, a two-player game that Mr C and I enjoy playing together.

The Green Man

On leaving the building Mr C noticed another sculpture, the figure looked Godly but I later found out that the sculpture is entitled ‘The Green Man’. Both sculptures are by Toin Adams.

We headed out of the city, the long way round for afternoon refreshments in Boundary Mill. It was a bonus that I found the perfect shoulder pouch to house my phone, keys, sun glasses and money when I am volunteering at Attingham Park. I feel so uncomfortable stowing these items in my coat pockets and if the weather ever warms up there will be no coat pockets.

Spicy Ginger Chicken

Later we enjoyed ‘Fine Dining’ at Chez Nous.

Spicy Ginger Chicken

17 Comments CherryPie on Jun 11th 2024

17 Responses to “A Trip to Birmingham”

  1. Hels says:

    Do we know what the Deluge sculpture of falling people next to a custard factory represents?

  2. lisl says:

    Some interesting sculptures there, Cherie. I like the depiction of the Green Man with his greenery pouch

  3. Good to hear your mum’s fracture is healing even if she does have to wear plaster for a bit longer. Those sculptures are amazing!

    • CherryPie says:

      The sculptures were a surprise find. I love them.

      We tried the boardgame today and thoroughly enjoyed it :-)

      I think it is a good thing that mum has her plaster for another two weeks. It means she is forced to take care of her arm.

  4. Shabana says:

    this is relief that your mum’s arm is healing smoothly dear Cheri !

    hope the plaster will help it to heal faster and safer .

    Birmingham sounds wonderful city of the UK .i feel i am familiar to this name since i was little . the statues you shared are so intriguing and amazing wow !
    i found the food so yummy :)

  5. I’m back! Had such a wonderful time in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

    Oh I remember this place in Birmingham.
    I would like to do a canal boat holiday in and around Birmingham.
    Done a simple one, with just one canal lock, in Wales. ;)

  6. Chrystal Chaplow says:

    Probably for the best, your mum is still in a cast, as you said – better safe than sorry, right?

    As for the sculptures, I appreciate the craftsmanship – and yet I’m a little scared of them? lol

    • CherryPie says:

      I was glad that they left mum’s cast on. When she had the cast put on there was talk of putting it in a splint after four weeks. I am sure she would have taken it off if they had done this.

      I found them weird and didn’t understand them. If you have time have a look at the link I left in my comment to Shabana. The artist talks about her sculptures and where they come from.

  7. Chrystal Chaplow says:

    Hmm, I just watched a bit of it. No history to it, just compelled to create an image. She’s clearly talented, but very dark, creepy stuff. I get the same feeling viewing her stuff that I do looking at a Carvaggio.

    And the Green Man has been a recent subject of horror movies! Neither good nor bad, he can be both, he’s the protector of the environment.

    Maybe I’m old school, but I’m not sure dark stuff belongs outside on public display, rather than a museum, where you’re prepared and have paid to see it. I’m not saying we should ban or forbid it, I’m just saying perhaps there should be a choice; otherwise, it’s like a sudden assault on your senses.

    You’re walking along merrily down the street, happy as you please, then you look up and out of nowhere, “Oh, there are people falling from the sky!?!” or “There’s a scary looking dude with a box of greenery growing in places it shouldn’t be.”

    I mean, I get it that perhaps that’s the point, to evoke certain emotions, but how do you explain it to children? It’s creepy, the stuff of nightmares.

    I’m sure they’re very proud of a local artist, but I’m equally sure we’re not alone in preferring not to see it unless we wanted to.

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