CULTURAL DUCKS

Exiting through the gift shop is always a pleasure for me, a well curated shop can complement an exhibition or museum.  Recently I have noticed that no self-respecting buyer would consider not stocking a rubber duck.  Not your ordinary yellow kind of a duck, but special wittily customised ducks or Cultural Ducks as I like to call them.

Cultural ducks

These Statue of Liberty Ducks can be found in the shop after the American Dream: Pop to Present at the British Museum.  They nestle next to a rather fine selection of American novels and some stars and stripes shoe laces.Cultural ducks

The National Army Museum has not one but two ducks on offer.   For bathers on manoeuvres there is a camouflaged duck.

Cultural ducks

Or for more formal ablutions maybe a duck in the dress uniform of a guardsman is more appropriate.

Cultural ducks

Finally, looking for the perfect present for the retiring MP in your life, then look no further than the shop at the Palace of Westminster.  What could make for a finer souvenir than a Big Ben duck?

Have you seen any Cultural Ducks in your travels?

This post is linked up My Sunday Photo over at Darren Coleshill’s Photalife, why not pop over and see what else has been causing people to click their shutter buttons.

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BEACHCOMBING AT CLEY NEXT THE SEA

Norfolk offers many kinds of beaches.  Flat sandy ones, where you have to walk miles to the sea; sandy ones with piers and all the fun of the seaside; and stony ones.  I love all of them but on a blowy day little can beat walking along a shingle beach in search of interesting things.

Beachcombing

Beachcombing is one of our favourite things so we have a wide and varied collection of stones and shells at home.  Good Friday saw us at Cley next the Sea in north Norfolk seeing what we could find.  I was rather taken with the pink and white insides of these shells.

Beachcombing

The Junior CW’s amassed a collection of razor shells and a particularly lovely crab leg.

Beachcombing

I really liked the way this seaweed has wrapped its way around the stone like a fancy Easter Egg.

Do you look for stones and shells on the beach and what do you do with them when you get them home?

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