Layout Share – Guac or Cheese?

I’ve been busy this past week finalising plans to complete the 2017 USA album. The class I took from Ali Edwards, that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, really focussed my mind and got me enthusiastic to finish this album. I have a blog post in the works about this but for now here is another fun story from those travels.

Guac or Cheese

 

The continuing love affair with Chipotle! This time in Washington. If you have not experienced this food place then you won’t know that there is always a choice of guacamole or cheese on your burrito and I always ask for a little of both or if we are getting two burritos we have guac on one and cheese on the other. I like this fun title.

I’m finding that I embellish less and less these days. Generally in my scrapbook life I am a minimalist and this page certainly proves that! Still loving white card stock and American Craft Thickers for titles though. Gotta have the Thickers.

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Bloom – Be Bold

Have I mentioned that we are having an unusually hot and dry summer? Oh I have…..

You would think that all the flowers would be relishing, if not the drought, certainly the heat. But they are not. As I have said before I am watering, probably not as much as they need because I’m trying to be a responsible citizen. I’ve read on flower folks instagrams that big blooms like Dahlia’s are sulking from the weather conditions in the UK and I can concur. I have picked three Labyrinth stems so far.

But I shouldn’t complain even if the flower cropping period will be shorter this year, all the annuals are running to seed like crazy, I have picked and arranged and still enjoyed this whole flower growing process.

The vase here from about a month ago is filled with Certinthie, canon went, the last (really the last) sweet williams and Euphorbia.

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Click Tick List – Update – Watch 50 New to Me Films

I had a lot of fun updating my list a couple of months ago and I have already managed to cross one of the new items off. I’ll write about it next week when I’ve snapped some pictures.

I wanted to pop in here today and share my experience so far with one of the simpler items from the list. Watch 50 new to me films between June 2018 and December 2019. I say simpler but that was only in theory because I regretted adding this t the list about five minutes after I hit publish. I am very boring when it comes to new films. I like what I like. Gav always struggles to get me to watch eight films with him when his film a day challenge rolls round in November.

But you know what? Life is funny and a couple of weeks ago, when I had a Monday off work, I sat and watched one of my favourite films on Netflix. Notting Hill.

This didn’t count of course because they have to be new to me films but it was the catalyst for a new routine of film watching. Most of what I’ve watched so far has been well within my comfort zone, romantic comedies, but I have ventured into action and drama too.

After watching about three films I decided I needed to document this experience. I ‘borrowed’ Letterfolk’s concept for their passport collection. I have followed them on instagram for a while and love their humour, ethics and products. This is what they say about these little books –

     At the heart of the Passport Collection is the challenge to experience more. Each                   blank page represents a new memory, a new adventure, a new invitation to go do.

So far it’s going well and as of today I’ve watched 11 films! What strikes me as odd is why I haven’t been regularly watching films all these years. I used to watch lots as a teenager when video was the new thing. Actually I used to watch lots in my twenties and thirties too. Maybe my love of the laptop replaced movies…… eek.

I’m finding that by watching new ones regularly I can compare them. I love that they are making me think, even the ‘sappy’ rom coms and I feel like my movie appreciation is going to grow. Of course I won’t be telling Gav that he’s had it right all these years…..

That said I am finding it hard to rate the films (I added a score out of ten to the list). But I’m doing it anyway. I think it will be interesting to look back and see what I thought was worth an 8 and if I still agree with that in five years time.

Anyway I’ll stop rambling now and go switch on the Netflix!

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Photo a Day – Week Nineteen and Twenty

Another couple of weeks.

This was mid June and we hadn’t had rain for a few weeks. You can see the lawn going brown. But apart from the lack of rain I have been trying to embrace the heat. Early mornings are best.

And that sunshine has been giving us great crops of most things.

Walk before work.

Not a great photo compositionally but that blue against the burnt orange sunflower was too good to miss.

More tomatoes.

This amazing moth came to grab a snack while I was sat daydreaming. Managed to capture some video and photos. I’ve tried to identify but the images are not clear enough and there are a lot of brown moths!

Beautiful and delicious cake at friends.

Pretty little sunflower.

Evidence that H and I sat outside for breakfast after her sleepover.

Walking to work. Love the cobbles.

Reflections. Probably shouldn’t have my phone out while filling the car!

Then it was our annual trip to London with H. This is Seven Dials roundabout. I love this area and this meeting of seven streets.

Been waiting years for her to be old enough to hire the bikes!

Handed the big camera over to her on Sunday morning. She did okay.

And there we go.

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One Little Word® 2018 – Practice – Update

The year is speeding away and I have not been doing so well with my word this time around. I’m both disappointed and not surprised. At the start of the year I had high hopes that this word was going to be the one that clicked, the one that I stuck to and made real changes in my everyday life.

I’ve just gone back and read my January post again, the words I took time to write at the beginning of this journey.

Let me celebrate what has worked. The yoga. I have been practicing for over a year now and love it still.

All the other things are still a work in progress. But that’s okay. What I need to do is accept what’s gone and move forward with the intention of trying to keep my word more active in my head for the rest of this year. There are a whole five months left that is plenty of time to work with this wonderful word.

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One Little Word® is a project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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Layout Share – New Orleans Bound but First we Target

Another story from the USA trip 2017.

New Orleans Bound But First We Target

Not many words on this one –

Our first target stop. It was great to be back in this store!

What more can I say? We love a Target.

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Bloom 2018 – Herby Sweets

Still honing my florist skills with yet more sweet williams. They are more or less finished now. But I’ve sown more seed ready for next year and hopefully the year after thats flowers.

I picked Oregano foliage and some Clematis to go along with the zingy pink and white sweet williams.

The more I try these ‘lop-sided’ style arrangements the more I think I like traditional shapes. Maybe it’s just my arrangements I’m not keen on because I certainly love looking at all those florist-y instagram folk I follow!

I’ll keep on practicing.

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Photo a Day – Week Eighteen

Amazing sky to start the week.

Garden alterations are coming along.

Could we possibly get a Pear from this tree?

Sun lover.

I bought Gav this knot book after we stayed in a hotel that had a huge display of knots in a glass case and he couldn’t stop looking at them. Bad measuring for my latest hobby provided him with an endless supply of rope…..

Light and pretty flowers.

Filling in the final result of our World Cup wall chart.

And there we go.

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The Click Tick List – Photograph 100 Gardens – Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Anyone who has been here a while knows that we love a trip to London so when my colleagues bought me afternoon tea at Kew Gardens as my leaving present we couldn’t have been more thrilled.

We wanted to visit in the summer to get the most from that world famous garden so went at the beginning of June. I’d been once before with my sister when my older niece turned sixteen…. she’s thirty two now! SO a revisit was almost like going for the first time.

We were not disappointed. In fact Gav was downright impressed. Here are a collection of photos from that afternoon.

The Palm House.

The rose garden was amazing. Here is Gav wandering onto one side of it. Above is Rosa ‘Lady Salisbury’.

Didn’t get the name of this one……. But is is so beautiful.

Rosa ‘Gentle Hermione’. Love how it fades with age.

Rosa ‘Wisley 2008’.

And Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’.

We meandered over to have our afternoon tea in The Botanical restaurant. It was delicious.

And then a general mooch about. There is so much to see you can’t do it all in a day so we headed to what interested us most.

They have a vegetable garden and also a very clever and interesting area set out in plant families. The photo above is the Euphorbiaceae bed. Some families have surprising members and it was an enlightening walk.

Some of the flowers had there muslin bags over them I’m guessing to protect the fertalised flowers. Ingenious yet pretty and it make you realise how much planning and looking after these kinds of gardens need.

The Rose Arbour.

Tomatoes.

The we went to climb up to the treetop walkway. Another clever idea.

And the view from the top was great. You can see the newly restored and recently re-opened Temperate House.

And before we left for the day we stopped inside that glasshouse.

Absolutely amazing place and we will be back again I’m sure. So worth a visit.

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Layout Share – First Waffles

Happy Monday! Back again with another scrapbook page telling a story of our travels last year.

First Waffles

A very simple story told on a pad of 3 x 4 paper from an Ali Edwards Story Kit™ 

It sets out who, where, when, why as easy jumping off points to get a story on paper. There wasn’t a lot to say about these photos but I wanted to document this so that pad felt like a great way to go.

All about the first time my niece used a waffle making machine! Yum.

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