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Layout Share – Dream Like

My goodness. As I mention in my very brief journalling on the layout I have had this photograph sat waiting to be scrapped for years……. It was one of those photos that was too precious to put on the page…….. What if I hated the layout? Or the story? Or the …….

I don’t like that silly fear…… Let’s get real and remember it is only a scrapbook page and if you don’t like it print the picture again and make a new page! Writing that down so I can try and drum it into my head…

But I finally committed and made the page. And what do you know? I don’t like it. Ha, ha, ha.

But I’m ok with that.

Plus, not only am I not keen on the layout I’ve just noticed I haven’t finished the journalling or added one of the dates!

Here’s the story with those bits added –

This was the most perfect walk. I have been pondering scrapping it for many years. The snow was amazing. The streets were deserted and Buddy and I had the woods and park to ourselves. It was so quiet and peaceful. And the way the snow clung to the trees and branches was beautiful to see. A truly wonderful walk. (Ram Wood, Roundhay Park) Photo 1/12/10 – Words 2019

The thing about this story is that whatever I’d have written could not convey the memory in all its glory. I have a gut reaction when I look at the photo which takes me back to that moment. A reaction that I cannot capture in words. So in a way it didn’t matter what I wrote. Having the picture in my album will be enough to conjure that time again.

A good lesson to remember. Get the photo on the page!

Bloom 2019 – A June Arrangement

Yes I am going back in time to share this vase full of flowers from a few months ago.

And it’s bitter sweet because the vase in question, my favourite vase for medium sized flower arrangements, has since broken! I am lost without it.

Luckily my new found love of the charity shop had led me to another pretty vessel but I do miss this one.

Anyway I arranged lovely sweet williams with knautia seed heads, self sown oregano and some of the first clary from the cutting patch. Country pretty and looking great on my Grans stool.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Two, Twenty Three and Twenty Four

A few more weeks.

Lovely scene in the garden.

Found a new to us butterfly. The Gatekeeper. So beautiful.

Raindrops on dahlia.

Lots of crop collecting going on.

The light is starting to fade earlier now. Lit a few candles to cushion that blow!

Trying to make scones. Getting better at them but still not quite as thick as shop bought ones.

The nameless pink Dahlia.

Everyday stuff.

Blue sky and yellow flowers.

More flowers in the sunlight.

Light.

Sat down and made labels for the dahlias. Maybe next year I’ll know which tuber is which.

Rock climbers.

Look forward to making our version of salad nicoise every year when the green beans are ready.

Documenting that I’m still in a t-shirt for our early morning walk.

Delicious lunch with family.

I have waited ages for this beauty. Dahlia cafe au lait. Love the bee and the bloom.

Oh yeah!

Popped in to see this cutie.

More harvests.

Playing with flowers.

And there we go. Almost up to date! Ha. I keep saying that right?

The Click Tick List – Watch 50 New to Me Films between June 2018 and December 2019

Loved, loved, loved this one. I gave some early thoughts on this film adventure over here.

All of that remains true. I continued watching, documenting and finding it hard to rate them all. But here we are at 50 and well ahead of schedule.

I’ve gone back through my comments about each film and made some stats of what I watched. Where there is more than one genre I’ve gone with the one I felt outweighed the others although sometimes the balance was 50/50.

The rating system I used changed part way through the process. Like I say I was struggling with this and Gav suggested that I use Halliwells rating system. Here is an abridged description of that system.

  • 4 stars – outstanding in many ways, a milestone in cinema history
  • 3 stars – high standard of professional excellence
  • 2 stars – generally entertaining
  • 1 star – not satisfactory as a whole
  • 0 stars – totally routine production or worse

Of course the Halliwell system had more than one critic. Content and quality of movies is very subjective so bear that in mind…. Ha!

Here is a list of all 50 –

  1. The Age of Adaline
  2. Admission
  3. Home Again
  4. Love, Rosie
  5. Queen of Katwe
  6. Elizabethtown
  7. Oblivion
  8. American Assassin
  9. Mama Mia – Here we go Again
  10. The Hit Mans Bodyguard
  11. Destry Rides Again
  12. I’ll See You in My Dreams
  13. The Nice Guys
  14. The Spy Game
  15. Now You See Me
  16. Crazy, Stupid Love
  17. Black Panther
  18. Before We Go
  19. Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
  20. Nights in Rodanthe
  21. Leap Year
  22. First Man
  23. The Notebook
  24. Belle
  25. Pygmalion
  26. Our Brand is Crisis
  27. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  28. One Day
  29. Love and Friendship
  30. Magic Mike
  31. The Secret Life of Pets
  32. The Limehouse Golem
  33. Summertime
  34. A Christmas Prince
  35. Holiday Calendar
  36. Bohemian Rhapsody
  37. Tomb Raider
  38. Larry Crowne
  39. The Big Short
  40. Mary Poppins Returns
  41. Hampstead
  42. Aloha
  43. The Bookshop
  44. Ready Player One
  45. Wind River
  46. Mission Impossible – Fallout
  47. Crazy Rich Asians
  48. Sweet Home Alabama
  49. Puzzle
  50. The Narrow Margin (1952 version)

Genres

  • Drama – 9
  • Romance – 12
  • Musicals – 3
  • Romantic Comedy – 6
  • Drama/Comedy – 8
  • Sci-fi – 2
  • Action – 7
  • Crime – 3

Within those something I noticed was that 4 were also biographies.

Where/how watched 

  • Netflix – 33
  • Cinema – 4
  • T.V – 4
  • Other – 9 (this included my sisters Sky)

Rating

  • 0 – 16
  • 1 – 19
  • 2 – 12
  • 3 – 3
  • 4 – 0

All that said I think my favourites for sheer entertainment value are Mama Mia, Home Again, The Nice Guys (violent but very, very funny) and Crazy, Stupid Love.

If you know me at all then you know I like happy endings so it is a miracle that lots of these did not have happy endings! It’s good to have learned that I can accept this even though my comfort zone will always be happy endings……

I’m pleased that there are some oldies in the mix too like The Narrow Margin and Summertime. Both worth a watch to see film making like it used to be done.

I also found a holiday destination while watching Nights in Rodanthe. The Outer banks in North Carolina were simply captivating in the film, a character in itself. I fell in love with the place so much that we are going to go see if it lives up the the depiction in the film when we head stateside in October!

All in all I am really glad I challenged myself to this adventure. And am pretty sure that I will do it again.

Here’s to the film watching.

Layout Share – Right at Home and Magic Memories

Sharing a couple of layouts and I think, I think these are the last of our 2017 trip. (But I’m sure I’ve said that before….!)

Right @ Home

Here’s the story –

The not so neat and tidy room we spent 10 days in. Loved this hotel and the themed rooms. Loved our 2 beds! Loved our time here by the water. Did not love the packing up. Why fo we (I) bring so much stuff? Gav asked H to put some in her cases. Now the 2 cases came in handy……

These photos fell into that category that many of my pictures fall into. I love them, glad I took them but are they scrap-able? In other words what is the story. I honed in on the room itself and the messy beds. This hobby is great for letting you find the quirky part of life as well as the more traditional.

Magic Moments

Here’s the story –

It was our last evening and we waited for the fireworks. It was worth the wait. They do a good pyrotechnic display! Main Street, Magic Kingdom, Disney World 2017.

Not many words are needed to express the joy of a firework display so I kept it simple.

Like I say I’m pretty sure that these are the last pages to share from that trip. But never fear I still have others layouts in the works and will be back to share them soon.

Bloom 2019 – Red and Yellow

You know, I don’t think I’ve waxed lyrical about Euphorbia oblongata recently. I adore this short lived perennial. I bought one packet of seeds many, many years ago and have had a constant supply of plants as they have self sown year on year. Now that is value for money!

The only downside to Euphorbia is that when you cut them you must avoid the milky sap and then sear the stem ends in boiling water for 30 seconds to prolong the vase life and stop the flow of that sap.  Other than that this family of spurges is a winner in the garden and the vase.

This arrangement has the aforementioned Euphorbia and also ‘griffithii’. That is the red/orange flowered variety. I tucked a few stems in for a different leaf shape. I like to pick at least one vaseful of the red Crocosmia and this year I paired them with the beautiful yellow sunflowers. I think these are ‘valentine’.

This one certainly packs a punch and I love all the more for that.

For the Love of Dahlias

Growing up Dahlias didn’t feature in our garden. I think my Gran grew some, probably the tight pom-pom varieties because when I think of the flower that is what comes to mind first. But these days there are many more types to choose from they are and some of the most elegant flowers you can grow.

Over the years since I have been growing flowers to harvest I’ve tried a many different varieties and had varying rates of success with both the growing and the over wintering. Here in Leeds we can’t leave the tuber in the ground over winter. After the first frost we lift them and store them as dry as possible and hope the make it. The professional Dahlia growers go through the process of washing all the soil off, drying the tubers and then storing. But that sounds like hard work to me…..

The way we do it not all survive but I decided that price was okay to pay!

When we dig up the tubers it is inevitable that the labels have gone missing so last autumn we ended up with a pile of tubers and no idea which was which. Gav in his usual comedic way labeled them all ‘Dahlia’ when he potted them up in spring this year…… Funny. Not.

I vowed right then back in April that I would endeavour to identify them all when they flowered. And this post is a way to document what we’ve got so next year, if they all make it through the winter, I’ll have a head start.

Right up there at the top is the vibrant ‘Rebecca’s World’. Next is my favourite ‘Labyrinth’ then comes ‘Bishop of Leicester’. The pink one above eludes me. There are so many pink Dahlias that when I searched on the internet I got to many to whittle down…..

The one above is ‘Karma Choc’ and lastly we have ‘Crazy Love’.

There is one plant yet to flower as I was very late getting it into the ground. Hope it’s a different one so I can add it to my collection. I know they may not all survive but if they do at least I know what we’ve got and what new ones to buy to add to the collection!

Photo a Day – Week Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty One

Lots of flowers, bees and other winged creatures along with a haircut!

Gav pottering in the greenhouse.

Calendula and raindrops.

Tuckered out Buddy.

A Squirrel and Pigeon on the lawn.

Honeybee on a cornflower.

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Me picking flowers.

Home baked scones with jam and clotted cream……oh my. Deliscious.

Love me a sunrise.

Lovely Dahlia and hover fly.

Petals fallen on his little head!

Close up bumble bee.

There have been so many butterflies this year. Struggled to capture them on camera but here is a peacock one.

And a ladybird.

Another bee on a lovely sunflower.

Broad bean harvest.

So cheeky.

View of the cutting patches and the wood beyond.

Ah, here is a better shot of those butterflies!

Hairdo!

As I said an abundance of bees.

And flowers.

Summer in full swing.

Layout Share – Disney Springs

More fun stories from our 2017 USA trip.

Disney Springs

Here’s the story –

The first time we went there we picked up the gift cards. The we went for that yummy burger in the rain.The we discovered Starbucks took your ‘snack’ well enough said. Gav and I made the trip there a couple more times. Lat minute gift buying and on our way to Jo-Ann’s. We really loved it for the wandering.

What I am seeing when I look at this layout is the plastic cups! EEK! What a difference a couple of years makes. Now I would not be getting a plastic cup or a straw! I know that’s not what I should be sharing when I supposed to be talking about scrapbooking….. However perspective is an interesting thing and something to learn from so I am glad that I see how I once behaved and how that is now different. Still loved going to this shopping centre even though we didn’t and wouldn’t now buy very much. The attractive thing about it was its calmness. Even though it was busy with people it was a calm and cooler place to wander.

Happy with this page, the story and the photos of us together.

Bloom 2019 – Country Casual

I posted this arrangement over on Instagram with the words ‘Sometimes just plonking flowers in a pretty jug looks just as good and an hour ‘flower arranging”.

And it is so true. This was a mixture of everything that was blooming at the time. That’s perhaps one of the most frustrating things about growing your own. They don’t bloom when you want them to. Well that’s my experience but I am getting better.

It may have been the weather or it may have been that I planted at the right time but I’m having a great cutting flower summer so far and have plenty of arrangements to share. But for now I’ll leave you with a metaphor for life…… Pick what you have and enjoy it!