Wallace Collection, Mayfair, London, England

A classy day out!
Review of Wallace Collection
This was before lockdown in London

Our Walking Group decided November was drizzly, not ideal for walking in a park, so we met at the Wallace Collection instead. I am not particularly interested in older art but there was much to be appreciated. We started the morning with a coffee in the pretty cafe and then returned for a very nice lunch. I had a pretty looking crab salad with a nice dressing. There was a queue at lunch time but staff soon sorted a table for us. A nice feature was the cloakroom. Free of charge. This is situated opposite the Gift Shop. We didn’t have time to see everything so another visit will be on the cards.


Did you know?

When Icelandic women staged an equal pay protest by refusing to cook, all the supermarkets ran out of sausages.

The Isle of Man in the U.K. was the first place in the world to give the vote to women.

William Moulton Marston, invented the first lie detector as well as Wonder Woman.

woman wearing wonder woman costume
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Rui katsu (tear seeking) was set up by Hiroki Terai in 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. It is a Japanese therapy where people pay to have a good cry, to relieve stress.

Sushiya No Nohachi in Taito, Tokyo makes the smallest sushi in the world. It is made with a single grain of rice. It is traditionally made to celebrate the birth of a baby. Apparently, a European woman was so overcome with emotion on seeing the sushi, she cried for an hour and a half.

The Abyssian Cat

the-abyssinian cat


This breed got its name from its origins of Ethiopia which was formerly known as Abyssinia.
These cats are thought to be the oldest breed of cats known. It isn’t known when they first appeared but may be a direct descendant of the sacred cats pictured in ancient Egyptian paintings and sculptures.

It is said that Captain Barrett Leonard returned from the Abyssinian wars with possibly two cats, one being called Zula which may have started the breed as it is today, but there is no confirmed record.

In 1871, the breed obtained a prize at the first official cat show held at Crystal Palace.

Abys are slender and muscular cats. They have quite short, dense fur which is characterised by distinct ticking which means each individual hair has bands of alternating dark and light colouring. It feels soft to the touch and has a lustrous sheen.

The coat is always ticked, making it look like a small wild cat. The original colour is called Usual (rich golden-orange with black ticking), The other five main colours are Chocolate, Sorrel (copper ticked with chocolate), Fawn (light beige with dark beige ticking), Blue and Lilac. Blue Abys are a bluish-grey with a creamy stomach and slate blue ticking. Fawn is the least common colour. New colours are being introduced. The Abyssinian has large ears which are quite far apart and their green, amber or hazel eyes are almond shaped.

Abyssinians are very playful and inquisitive. They are athletic and very good hunters whilst having the reputation of being clowns.

They are prone to tooth decay and gingivitis so regular professional tooth cleaning is a good idea to minimise problems.

The Abyssinian is a bright cat which is often said to have a very sweet temperament and intelligent nature. The breed resembles the cats which can be seen in murals of ancient Egypt. Some believe that it is the Abyssinian which was worshipped by the Pharoahs. They give the impression of standing on tiptoe and seem to be more inclined to use their paws like a human would use their hands. Abyssinians have the “look” of a Lynx, enhanced in part by their regal appearance and feral qualities.

Although not generally a lap cat, they make a wonderful companion and will want to be wherever you are especially when you are preparing food. They are very loyal and once you have acquired an Aby as a companion, you will never be able to complain that no one understands you. Abys are very good at training people to do just what they want them to do. They are extremely intelligent, beautiful, graceful, muscular, inquisitive and always willing to help out with whatever chore you may be trying to accomplish. Abyssinians are often thought of as cats that like to be in high places, such as the top of a refrigerator or a bookshelf. Abys are not known for being particularly loud cats and can communicate their feelings and desires in many ways. It is often said that Abys have a great love of water. They seem to enjoy playing with a dripping tap, as well as drinking from them. Normally Abys are very protective of each other and seldom quarrel so having two would be fun.

copyright: Janice Ascott