March 30th, 2009

little review

Poem for Monday

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Sunday morning dawned just as wet and chilly as Saturday. We drove to the Brandywine Valley with dementordelta, heading first to the Brandywine River Museum (free till noon on Sundays in March), which in addition to the permanent exhibits of paintings by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth is currently hosting "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey" -- a hilarious collection of Gorey's illustrated stories, which are full of imaginary animals, grotesque landscapes, and wickedly funny disasters. This museum also has local sculpture and paintings by Howard Pyle and Maxfield Parrish, plus a pretty restaurant overlooking the river where we had lunch.

In the early afternoon, we went to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which has "Backyard Monsters" -- an exhibit on insects with giant animatronic ants, praying mantis, scorpion, and some robot bugs as well as actual insect specimens -- plus their ongoing exhibits on local and global animal life, including a couple of dinosaur skeletons and many preserved birds. Then we went to the Delaware Art Museum, which is hosting an exhibit of Victorian paintings from the Royal Holloway Collection at the University of London -- wonderful landscapes and seascapes as well as some portraits of the contrast between the rich and the poor, plus "The Princes in the Tower" by Millais. This museum has a large permanent exhibit of Pre-Raphaelite art as well that we have visited many times before.

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We drove home in alternating driving rain and brilliant sunshine after the Delaware museum closed, looking at all the trees blooming along I-95, and had dinner at California Tortilla. Then dementordelta headed home and we watched some Futurama at Daniel's request, including the one where Leela pretends to be a man to join Zap's army and the one where Bender gets his mind erased. We did not see Louisville lose. Right now I don't care who wins the men's tournament so long as it's not UNC, and I'd put up with that in exchange for the Maryland women winning!