Daycation – Birmingham City Centre

Click on photo below to see the rest of my photos from a day strolling around the centre of Birmingham – Public Art, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Book Bench Trail and The Jewellery Quarter.

The photo below is of “The Gates to the Jewellery Business Centre are crafted of stainless steel, cast brass and glass, symbolising silver, gold and precious stones. The design represents base materials growing into fine jewels. The Gates represent the security of the Jewellery Business Centre but remain permanently open to provide welcome.” Source:
2016 UK - Birmingham City Centre

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UK Walks – Central Sheffield

Goodreads | Debut Author Snapshot: Yaa Gyasi (Author of Homegoing)

In her much anticipated debut novel,Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi takes the reader on a bewitching, eye-opening journey through seven generations and nearly 300 years of history—a journey rooted in the horrors of the slave trade in Ghana and the United States and that has reverberations up until the present day.

Ghana-born, U.S.-raised Gyasi, 26, first thought of the idea for her book while touring Cape Coast Castle on Ghana’s Gold Coast, where slaves were held in fetid dungeons before being shipped across the Atlantic.

Homegoing focuses on two half-sisters born into different tribes and unknown to each other. One is sold into slavery and transported to America; the other is married to a British officer and housed in luxury in the castle. The book follows both women’s ancestral lines, devoting one chapter to a character from each generation, as they weather everything from tribal warfare and plantation life to the Civil War and heroin addiction in 20th-century Harlem to today.

Gyasi tells Goodreads how she created the epic debut that’s being compared with Alex Haley‘s Rootsand talks about the writers who inspire her.

Source: Goodreads | Debut Author Snapshot: Yaa Gyasi (Author of Homegoing) June, 2016

UK Walks – Peak District: Castleton

Time To Take The Road Less Travelled?

The Road Less Traveled by Kit McCallum

How often we must bear the challenges of life;

The endless roller coaster between happiness and sorrow;

The constant ups and downs of daily strife.

And always the question remains …. why?

Life is not an easy road for most;

It twists and turns with many forks in the road,

Although always, and inevitably, we are given a choice …

Do we turn to the right … or the left?

Do we take the high road … or the low road?

Do we take the easy path … or the difficult one?

Decisions are not easy for those struggling for direction …

And sometimes the many choices and signs become overwhelming.

While standing at a crossroads in life,

The urge is to take the most comfortable path;

The road with least resistance …

The shortest or most traveled route.

And yet, if we’ve been down that comfortable road before;

Have gleaned its lessons in life, and learned from our experiences;

Do we yet again follow the known?

Or does our destiny lie in another direction?

The fear of the road less traveled is tangible and all too real;

It manifests itself in many ways,

And tends to cloud the issues that might otherwise be clear.

It is in these times of confusion,

That we must seek peace and solitude;

Time to contemplate on our life,

Our experiences and our choices past;

Time to look back, and reflect on what we have learned

Without fear or confusion.

For only each of us knows our own personal thoughts;

Our unique past and personal history;

The experiences that brought us to the crossroads we now face.

We can always learn a small degree from others experiences,

And yet … no one person can walk in our shoes,

Others know not, the trials and tribulations faced in private …

For each is individual … unique … and personal.

And that is why … while standing at a crossroads,

Only “we” can formulate the decision for ourselves;

The true direction that lies within;

The choices we must deliberate on with clarity and wisdom.

For it is only through personal reflection,

That we can now choose our destiny;

… Our next adventure;

… And the future we will embrace.