Together with Family and Friends

22 Aug

For the past three weeks I have been visiting family and friends in England ,so apologies to my fellow bloggers for the lack of entering new posts here on my blog. I will now bring you up to date with what I accomplished, albeit I did not have enough  time to do and see everything I wanted to. For instance two of my school friends I planned to meet up with could not make the journey on the day I had planned as both mine and their schedule was pretty tight.

Although my family usually come to Crete for their holidays with me I had decided to visit them in England for a change, apart from the fact Crete at this time of year is very hot so the cool weather in England was much appreciated, even the rain.  Of course yes ! I was being spoilt by family in more ways than one and it was great seeing my grand daughters even though we see each other every year, they grow so quickly.

I spent quality time with old neighbors I had not seen for almost twelve years and we had laughs about their involvement at the time I was making my historical Roman Sauces as they were volunteers for the tasting sessions, which I am sure you all know about by now.

My dear friend Ginny whom I have known for 30 years was the first archaeological person I worked with ,we had a great day together going over old times about archaeological sites we worked on.  I had arranged to meet up with another special friend Anette, from the days when we were in the antique trade so much to catch up with, you can imagine our tongue’s never stopped wagging but it was great to see them.

One of the highlights of my holiday was meeting up with Gillian Mawson whom some of you may know, she is the author of the now popular book about the Guernsey Evacuees during WW ll  an interest we share because I was an evacuee myself during this time. It was the first time we have met other than on the internet so we were quite excited as we had so much to talk about, which we did over lunch at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery a place we had planned on visiting in order to see the wonderful collection of the Renaissance paintings.

Whilst at the Museum we discovered there was a special exhibition of machines which neither of us had ever heard of and had no idea what they were all about, so we decided to browse a little further where we thought there was only one room but to our amazement there were three rooms full of these wonderful comical looking machines.

The exhibition was all about Rowland Emett an English inventor of whimsical machines. There were fantastic flying machines and a bicycle for flying around the moon and the wonderful Chitty Chitty Bang Bang . A carpet sweeper, a rocking chair among many others all worked by mechanical devices built by Rowland himself. It was a truly superb exhibition.  Below are some pictures I took of Rowland Emett’s wonderful machines.


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This machine was showing a film at the front.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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The Rocking Chair…..Love the slippers.

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The Carpet Sweeper.

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The railway was fantastic. Of course there were many more of these exhibits but this gives you an idea of this wonderful exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery England.

What a day we had Gill .




Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “Together with Family and Friends

  1. Silver in the Barn

    August 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Absolutely marvelous, Rita! I don’t the artist but I can tell you, I like him very much! What a fun, whimsical, childlike heart he must have to create such delightful things.
    On another note, isn’t it wonderful to meet up with old friends and catch up on each others’ lives? And then to meet a new friend as well. I am so interested in this Guernsey evacuee topic. Have you written about it in this blog?


  2. ritaroberts

    August 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Barbara, Thanks for your nice comments and yes it was great catching up with old friends. Gill has written another book about the English evacuees and has included me in it. Shortly to be published . Her blog is………… if you are interested. Once again many thanks for reading.


  3. dorannrule

    August 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    What a delightful visit you must have had Rita! I too have been visiting with old old friends and the joy is in taking up right where we left off so many years ago. Loved the old machines in your post. My friend, Janet, was also an evacuee (sent to live with friends of the family in Lincolnshire) but her sister (age 14) stayed in London to work during the blitz and operated a “comptometer.” 🙂


  4. Anne

    August 25, 2014 at 1:31 am

    What a wonderful post, Rita, I am glad you had such a happy time in the UK.


  5. ritaroberts

    August 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for you lovely comment Anne, pleased you enjoyed the read.


  6. Ginny

    August 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

    It was great to meet up again whilst you were over Rita. I remember you enthusing about the Birmingham exhibition so I’m pleased to see the pictures.


  7. nutsfortreasure

    August 28, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    So happy you had a wonderful time with family and old fiends as well as new XO


  8. cav12

    September 1, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Amazing what people invent. Crazy contraptions. Must have been inspired by DaVinci ;D


    • ritaroberts

      September 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Yes I also wondered where the inspiration came from for those wonderful machines. Rowland Emett was a pure genius .

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Dan Christie

    January 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I shamelessly lifted one of your excellent Rowland Emett photos to illustrate a brief facebook post I put up. I hope you don’t mind the credit I attributed at the bottom. I will gladly remove the post if you find it an intrusion on your work or privacy. Here’s the link: My Thanks! Dan Christie, Port Hope, Ontario.


    • ritaroberts

      January 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      No Problem at all. Glad you liked my photo’s It was a fantastic exhibition.



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