Eco-Schools Staff Reunion in Bristol

Three years ago, and six years ago, we – the select ex-EcoSchools Officers – met in interesting places to eat, drink and take in the culture.  This year we met in Bristol from 7th to 9th October.  Not all at once, but with some overlap.

Raz at top of Cabot's Tower calling any faithful in earshot.

Raz had to go home a while after calling the faithful to prayer from the top of Cabot’s Tower early on Saturday morning.  We went on to visit the Georgian House nearby, and then on to the City Art Gallery and Museum.  In the former I saw a painting of the Clifton Gorge made before Brunel’s suspension bridge ruined the natural environment (1784 is the date on the frame).


Ferry and no suspension bridge in Clifton Gorge, 1784


The Art Gallery has lots of good stuff.  Another Epstein nude bronze bust of a long term mistress of his.  I say another because there is another in Hull Feren’s Art Gallery and a story about her here.  Epstein eventually married Kathleen in 1955, after the death of “his tolerant wife”, as the caption read.

'Kathleen' 1935 by Jacob Epstein (1880 - 1959)

Also saw a fine picture of Leda and the Swan by a German artist called Karl Weschke (1925 – 2005) who came to England as a prisoner of war, but stayed on to live and paint.

Leda and the Swan (1985/6) by Karl Weschke (1925 - 2005)

Later on Saturday Carl arrived from Cheltenham, keen to drink some beer (music to my ears).  We had some lunch at Shakespeare’s Head (Tantallan Sun, Lothian Brewery and Bonkers Conkers, Greene King).  On the way to The Grain Barge we found a shiny steel spherical planetarium which created a photo-opportunity.

Rob, Ruth, Roz, Sue and Carl reflected in steel sphere

Then an interesting alley, with another photo-opp.

Carl, Sue, Ruth and Roz being natural

The Grain Barge provided Bristol Beer Factory beers – Sunrise and Gold I think.  We crossed the harbour

Breezy crossing from Grain Barge and Orchard

and found the Orchard where we had Angel Ales Ginger Stout and Hop Back Backrow.

Much later Sue and I went to a Youngs house (Bristol Ram) and heard a band, but were unable to hear each other.  Good music though, and Deuchers IPA.

Band at Bristol Ram

On the way home on Sunday (staying at the delightful Roseberry House B&B in Camden Terrace) discovered a Wetherspoons near the station and had a pint of Thwaite’s Daniel’s Hammer.



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