Museum Musings: more summer busy

The summer tourists are still here.

  • I’ve noticed a lot of French and Italian women dressed all in white, with flat shoes. It looks lovely.
  • I’ve seen many cases of severely sunburned noses, chests and shoulders, although we haven’t had a hot summer.

Ann E played the flute in the museum

At lunch time last Wednesday, I was fortunate to hear Ann E, who works in the Visitor’s Services department, playing the flute to accompany an art talk on the sculptures.

While Ann played the following on her flute,

  • Serabande, from Bach
  • The Swan, from San Sans Carnivale of the Animals
  • Marias Les Folies d’Espaigne (for Solo flute)

Laura L, from the education department, gave us a talk about the artists and some background to the sculptures, and following her instructions we walked around the sculptures letting the music explain the art to us. It was wonderful.


Another black titanium American Express card this week. The woman, who bought a beautiful piece of hand blown glass from a New York based glass blower, told me she lives in New Mexico.


When I heard the volunteer insisting that she had to have a box for the scarf she bought, I thanked god that I wasn’t serving her, and also that we’re finally thinking of the environment, and only have boxes for glass.

After the woman was informed that we don’t have boxes she said, “Well, I’ll just have to buy something that comes in a box, and throw it away so I can use the box.”   She bought a jigsaw puzzle of a Van Gogh painting that was sold in a large triangular box, and after taking the puzzle out, she spent about half-an-hour packing the scarf in the box. She wrote on the bottom of the envelope which she stuck on the box – OPEN the BOX!

I can just imagine the recipient saying, “Thank you, I love jigsaw puzzles,” and then giving the box away to Goodwill without opening it…


I overheard Michelle, who was wearing a very low cut dress to emphasize her breast enlargement, tell her friend that she only ate a tangerine and a carrot at lunch.


Too many little girls are walking through the museum wearing high heel sandals.


“Good afternoon,” I said to Nathan aged six
“What do you say?” said his Dad
“I’m having a good time,” said Nathan

He and his Dad told me they’d done an experiment using lemons which created enough electricity to light LED bulbs. When the family standing next to them overheard out conversation they told us about their experiment where they used potatoes to power a computer.


I served:

  • 50 high school students from Shanghai
  • Hayley 13, born in California but now living in Dubai
  • Hayley 11, from Brisbane.
  • Yonghong McElroy
  • Manpreet (her name means “love from the heart” in Punjabi)


and of course the Screaming Scream screamed so many times that I’m thankful I still have hair on my head.

The wretched awful thing

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19 Responses to Museum Musings: more summer busy

  1. souldipper says:

    Great to hear of styles that sound like grace and comfort.

    Did you save the jigsaw? Or did the scarf and jigsaw puzzle get wrapped??

    Oh boy…our wonderful society.

    • dearrosie says:

      The woman tried to put the scarf in with the jigsaw puzzle, but she didn’t want to squash it in, so she put the plastic bag of jigsaw pieces in her purse.
      “What are you going to do with it?” I asked
      “Oh I dunno…” she said

      Well I know you cannot put a jigsaw puzzle together without the picture so she’ll leave it at home for a few years and one day she’ll pick it up and not knowing what it is she’ll throw it in the trash. More waste.

  2. magsx2 says:

    It would of been lovely to hear the playing of the flute in the background, a very nice touch, where would the world be without people that are good enough to volunteer, they all do so much in so many different areas.
    I love the screaming dolls I can only imagine what it would be like for nearly every child to walk past and want to hear it scream. 🙂

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Mags
      I did think of making a video of her playing but it’s not that easy to record sound and in a place like a museum because it bounces off the shiny floors, and catches the sounds of the people walking by.

      We are really lucky to have such a great group of volunteers. Some of them have been coming once a week for over 10 years.

      I cannot imagine anyone loving those screaming dolls but we sell them so people do like them. The sound gives me a headache in my belly.

  3. Mahalia says:

    I want to hear more about how they can make electricity with fruit and vegetables! This is great!

  4. Sybil says:

    I suspect Munch would roll over in his grave …

    • dearrosie says:

      I think all the artists would roll over in their graves to see what we’ve done with their art. Do you think Leonardo da Vinci ever imagined such a thing as a fridge magnet of The Mona Lisa?

  5. Priya says:

    It’s amazing how electricity can be made from fruits. My brother and his three friends dreamed of revolutionising the world when they discovered they’d lit a bulb and run a ceiling fan with grapes!

    I can only imagine the ambiance in the gallery with live music. Anne looks so much ‘in’ it. Isn’t it beautiful when you’re able to lose yourself for a while in something beautiful you create?

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Priya,
      It’s good to see you here. Wish I could give you a hug, but here’s a <> hug…
      Do you know how they made electricity from fruits, so we can tell Mahalia?

      Being able to hear flute music in the gallery was like a dream come true, especially as Anne plays really well. She’s a professional, I think she plays for one of the local symphony orchestras….

      • Priya says:

        I got your hug, Rosie. Thank you.

        I remember my brother telling me that it has got to do with the metabolism of glucose, just the way it happens in our bodies to generate energy. I found this basic article on how it works. Apparently such cells are called biofuel cells:

        And excerpt from the article:

        The grape battery sounds suspiciously like the potato battery of school chemistry classes, in which electricity flows between strips of copper and zinc pushed into a potato. But it is quite different.
        In a potato battery, electrical energy comes from a reaction between the two metals and an acid in the vegetable. The biofuel cell taps into the metabolism of glucose and oxygen, which generates energy in all plant and animal cells.

        And the link:

      • dearrosie says:

        Thank you thank you thank you Priya. Metabolism of glucose? Interesting what one learns in these blogs – Mahalia I hope you saw Priya’s comment and link.

        I also learned something about using in the comments. I wanted to send you a “cyber” hug so I wrote “cyber” between but it disappeared. When I put <> it took cyber out, but left in <>. Interesting.

  6. Cindy says:

    I enjoyed this 🙂

  7. Barbara Rodgers says:

    The Screaming Scream sounds like an occupational hazard – do you have a union to help you get rid of it? On the other hand, flute music in the museum must be such a delight for the ears!

    The woman with the jigsaw puzzle box reminded me of a birthday gift I gave Tim once when we were first married. It was a metal tape measure he needed and wanted but I didn’t want him to feel it through the gift wrap and guess what it was. So I used a small box I had that had originally held a small photograph album. After opening it he told me how when he thought that I had gotten him a photo album he panicked and was trying to think of a way to pretend he liked my gift. When he opened it and saw the tape measure he couldn’t hide his relief and told me what he had been thinking!

    • dearrosie says:

      Unfortunately we don’t have a union and there’s nothing I can do to stop people pressing the dreadful button. The problem is boys of a certain age who love seeing something that says “press me” and very few of them only press it once, most do it at least two times and some boys will stand there and press it over and over again until their parents tell them to stop.
      I look forward and welcome the chance of hearing more flute music.

      Oh I love your story about the gift you gave your husband.

  8. Reggie says:

    Why anyone would want to buy a *screaming doll* is beyond my comprehension…. but the flute music, now *that* must have been sooo beautiful and soothing.

    • dearrosie says:

      Mags I don’t understand why people buy those wretched dolls, but for some reason they think it’s hilarious, and we sell a lot of them.

      The flute music was a delightful lunch time diversion.

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