It's been a busy couple of days. I haven't had time to draw at all, but don't worry, I'll start on chapter 5 pretty sharpish.
So, on Tuesday evening we took a ghost tour of the city. The thing is, that despite being a rational scientist, I am intrigued by ghosts. I shouldn't believe in them...but I kinda do a little. So I found the tour equally fascinating and scary (apart from the bit about evil ley lines, oh come on). The tour guide was a bit rubbish, and apparently he's been able to contact the spirit world since the age of 4 *scoffs*. If your name isn't Watanuki, I don't believe you.
The scariest bit was where we went down into this dell where, apparently, people used to fight duels. The story goes that the dead people from the duels were laid out in a tent for the family to see them, and that they are still present in ghost form today. The guy said that the tent had been recreated in the form of an extra large holly bush; I immediately thought of those hydrangeas in xxxHolic at this point. The bush is unusually hollow and has a 'door' in one side. We all had to walk into the bush and close our eyes and see if one of the ghosts touched us. The guide urged us to take photos, so I did.
By Linda's shoulder, highlighted by the arrow, is what may be an orb, one of the most commonly seen ghostly appearances. Is it a ghost? Is it a trick of the light? Is it a piece of dirt on the lens? *Geordie accent* You deciiide.
Personally, I'm a little skeptical, but we definately didn't see it when we were in there, and there was no dirt on another photo that I took that evening :/
Also visited were two art galleries, and an example of a Georgian landscape garden (see below). The big house is currently a school so we weren't allowed to see inside D:
We also went to see the Da Vinci Code, which I had been waiting to see for AGES; we just had too many exams to see it when it first came out. I'd heard quite bad things about it, so it actually turned out to be better than I'd expected. There wasn't as much in the way of explantations as there had been in the book, which is understandable, but a shame because they were the most interesting parts of the book. Luckily though, the action, which was tedious and boring in the book, was made more interesting in the film, so it's all good. I particularly liked Sir Ian Mckellen, even though he didn't really look like I thought Teabing should, because he is lovely. Also, it made me laugh when he let them into his mansion by saying "You may pass" (LOTR joke). Also also, I kept thinking of the council of Elrond, when he mentioned that council to decide what went into the Bible *loser*