Category: The click tick list

The Click Tick List – Watch a Shakespeare Play at the Globe

At the beginning of April I wrote about hoping to cross four items of my list this year. I made profiteroles, that was one and now we can cross another off because Gav and I headed to the Globe Theatre when we were in London last month and watched As You Like It.

So what was it like watching a play in an open air reproduction theatre then? Magical. That’s what. It was helped considerably by the play itself which is one of Shakespeare’s more light hearted works and apparently a favourite with audiences of which we can concur.

Luckily for all those folk standing, it didn’t rain.

All I knew about this theatre was that is was supposed to be a replica of the original Globe from Shakespeares time. I should have done my research before going but instead I have just done it and must say it makes interesting reading.

Here is the story of how it came to be built and here is the main web site for the theatre.  (Click on that second link for some great video shots of the building).

Although Gav and I are fans of the theatre and getting out there to see things we don’t go as often as we should. But now I’ve been once to this great place I can us popping along to see something on every trip to London. I may even give the standing up a try!

Click Tick List – Make Profiteroles

We were going to my sisters for dinner last Saturday. We have an agreement about the provision of the desert, whoever is the visitor brings the pudding. My wonderful sis always makes the puds from scratch and I usually buy them but last Saturday I decided to make them.

And since the Click Tick List had been on my mind I thought what better desert to make than profiteroles!

Making choux pastry is a strange affair but I got on with it.

I think my mixture was a little runny. The recipe I used did say you might not need to add all the egg but I threw it in anyway. If I were ever to have another go at choux pastry (doubtful….) I wouldn’t add all the egg. Lesson one.

I piped the mixture onto the baking tray but ended up having lots leftover and realised I’d made my buns a little small so I popped a bit more dough on top of each mound to use up the rest of the mixture.

If I’d have left them as they had been piped I think they would have looked much neater. Lesson two.

After the buns cooled I found that a few were not cooked all the way through. If I’d have left them in the oven another two minutes I think they would have been perfect. Lesson three.

I piped whipped cream into the centre of each bun and served them up. Oh yes and my chocolate sauce went wrong too. You can see the theme here right?

But my lovely family ate them all up and were almost complimentary! And of course I can cross it off the list.

The Click Tick List – Additions to the List and some Thoughts

I mentioned the other day that I was going to update my list so here it is.

I wrote that list quite a few years ago now, I can still remember the inspiration for came from a blog I read at the time – Mighty Girl. I was very excited to get ideas down on paper. Some of the things on the list I didn’t have to think about and others I pondered before adding.

After going along to see a Snooker match at this years World Championships in Sheffield, and realising that event wasn’t an item on my list I knew I needed to review it, add some more and maybe take some off. Let’s see…..

Take for example ‘See the Pyramids.’ My desire to see these magnificent constructions has not diminished but the simple fact of the matter is that I’m not likely to visit Egypt therefore unlikely to see the triangular works of art. But should I take it off the list? Never say never right? So it stays.

‘Get a book published’ is another off the wall notion. Will I ever write a book? Probably not yet who knows? So it stays too!

‘See Curling at the Winter Olympics’. I’m just going to tweak this one to  ‘See Curling live’. It could be at the Olympics or it could be a World Championship match.

‘Walk Hadrians wall’. Another tweak to ‘walk part of Hadrians Wall’. And while I’m tweaking away I’ll also alter ‘see the Ryder Cup in the US’ to ‘see a golf tournament abroad.’

Here’s one of those things that I have come to realise was a bit silly to put on my list. ‘Be able to meditate for 30 minutes.’ It’s not the idea of meditation that was silly but the time limit I put on it. Yoga has helped to teach me that what you think will happen might not. You are more than likely to have a different experience from what you imagine. Setting a time limit on meditation wasn’t the thing to do. I know why I did it. I wanted to aim for something and a time limit seemed like a good idea. But I hadn’t even embarked on trying to meditate at that point so I didn’t realise that the concept of time is not what’s important. So I shall change this to ‘practice meditation.’

If you go and revisit my list you may notice that I have added some more things and got the number up to 100!

I love some of the new additions like ‘Go Disneybounding’ and ‘Photograph all the Monopoly Streets’ (we have a head start on that one from our London trips. Also love ‘Ceremony of the Keys’ and ‘Visit a Lavender field in France.’

I named it the click tick list as a bit of a joke really. Go, take photo, cross it off. But at the root of these lists, certainly my list, is the desire to broaden horizons, experience something new, see a little of the magnificent planet we live on, do something you always longed to do, marvel at the life we can live.

Oh! Deep but true.

And finally I’m putting this in writing –  I reserve the right to tweak this list along the journey as many times as I like!

The Click Tick List – Visit 30 of the 50 USA States – Update

Crossed another six states off my list. Woo hoo. That’s what happens when you do a long drive….. If we’d have had time I would have driven a few miles north and a few miles south to cross a couple more off but it was all too packed in to take those detours. Still six in one trip is pretty good!

Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana!

That brings my total to nineteen. Just eleven till I reach my target of thirty.

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The Click Tick List – Experience a Total Eclipse

The main reason for our holiday to the US was to see the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Seeing an eclipse was on my list and we had been planning to see the 2017 one since 1999 when Gav and I had travelled to Cornwall in the UK to see the one that grazed this country. Of course being the UK it was cloudy!

Anyway we had better luck this time and let me tell you is was pretty awesome! Because we tied this in with other destinations on our holiday we decided to stay in the Tennessee area. We were fairly well organised and booked our hotel back in January.

I still spent a great deal of time worrying that the weather wasn’t going to be kind and that we should have gone further west over towards Oregon. In fact the one thing I didn’t really think about at all, the traffic, caused us the most problems. But we made it into the totality area with time to spare and opted to watch from an abandoned supermarkets car park. We even parked up nearby some very well equiped folk who rigged up these viewing devices.

You can see in the shots above how the moon has started to cross in front of the sun.

And here is one of my family getting ready but hiding in the shade. It was very hot!

It’s hard to explain, hard to put your finger on why an eclipse is so amazing. All of the things that happen as the moon makes it way across the sky, the eerie light, the quieting of the birds or in our case the noise of the ciccadas as they sang out becasue they thought it was getting dark! The sudden onset of what looks like a sunset and then the moment of totality. Wow! I mean really wow.

This photo is the best fuzzy crescent any of us managed but you can just see the pink tinged clouds as the light is fading.

It is one of those things that is, as I’ve said, hard to describe you just have to experience it to understand its true beauty and effect.

And then of course you can breifly remove your eclipse glasses and see the corona. The photo above was with the big camera and does not do it justice. All around me in a carpark full of strangers there were oohs and ahhs as the light faded at last and we saw that glowing circle of light.

We had over two minutes of totality in the location we picked, another reason we went for this area of the country. It was a great two minutes. Truly something I’ll never forget and of couse now we are planning the next one!

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The Click Tick List – Update on Gardens We Have Visited

When I was writing the post about our visit to Chenies recently I realised it had been quite a while since I updated the list of all the gardens we have visited in my quest to photograph 100 gardens from the book.

So here is an update.

USA
Quarryhill Botanical – California
Filoli – California (Read about our visit here.)
Cornerstone Festival of Gardens – California
San Francisco Botanical Gardens – California
The J. Paul Getty Museum – California
The Getty Villa – California
Fairchild Botanical Gardens – Florida (Read about our visit here.)
Vizcaya Museum and Garden – Florida (Read about our visit here.)
Ca  d’Zan Mansion – Florida (Read about our visit here.)
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Florida (Read about our visit here.)
Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Florida (Read about our visit here.)
The Frick Gallery Garden – New York
Central Park – New York
The Huntington, California (Read about our visit here.)
Hearst Castle, California
Sunset Magazine Garden, California (no longer open to the public)
Oakland Museum of California, California

France
Giverny
Vilandry

Scotland
Cambo
Kellie Castle

Wales
Chirk Castle

England
Belsay Hall
Scampston Hall
Studley Royal Water Garden
RHS Harlow Carr
Harewood
York Gate Garden
Brodsworth hall
Chatsworth
Clumber Park
Biddulph Grange Garden
Upton House
Coton Manor Garden
Ickworth House (Read about our visit here.)
Snowshill Manor
Hidcote Manor Garden
Audley End House
Sissinghurst Castle Garden (Read about one of our visits here.)
Walmer Castle and Garden
RHS Garden Wisley
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Nymans Garden
Great Dixter
Wakehurst Place
Wrest Park
The Manor, Hemmingford Grey (Read about my visit here.)
Painswick Rococo Gardens (Read about our visit here.)
Borde Hill (Read about it here.)
Chenies Manor (Read about our visit here.)

That makes a total of fifty. Halfway there!

There are a couple of gardens I am sure we have been to but every time I look at the photos we have and try to tie them up with images of the gardens on the web I get really confused….. They are Waddeson Manor and Wimpole Hall.  Guess keeping records would have its benefits!

And still worthy of a visit but not in the 1001 book –

  • Mosely Old Hall
  • Coughton Court
  • The Courts
  • Nunnington
  • Calke Abbey
  • Benningborough
  • Little Moreton Hall

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The Click Tick List – Photograph 100 Gardens – Chenies Manor

On our recent trip south we made time to go and visit another garden from the book. And what an unexpected treat it was.

Chenies Manor is a Tudor Grade I listed building complete with an amazing garden. We were delighted to learn that Buddy could come into the garden with us and that the annual Tulip Festival would be in full swing.

We started in the vegetable garden a place close to our hearts and found one of two mazes.

The weather worn cold frames gave us ideas for our own so watch for more building before next spring.

The must have self timer shot.

We entered the garden through a couple of courtyards under a brick archway and then we were here with this lawn where the surrounding borders had been planted with white Tulips and blue Myosotis (forget-me -nots.) It was a simple design but packed a beautiful punch.

The on to the white garden.

Vistas appeared everywhere.

And I admired the architecture of the building. Love me a chimney pot!

The Tulips kept coming in all shapes and sizes.

There were also dramatic sculptures too. And stunning topiary everywhere.

Onto the sunken garden.

Must remember this planting combination.

We were intrigued by these parts of the house that stuck out???

Clever groupings of plants with a collection of vintage watering cans.

A really beautiful place to spend an afternoon.

And of course another one to tick of the list. That makes fifty! Woot. Only fifty to go then……

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The Click Tick List – Visit the Top of the Rock

We have been away for a few days. I had a big Birthday last week (insert the scream emoji!!) and Gav took me to New York City to soften the blow. He knows how to make me feel better.

We had an eventful few days in the big apple what with Storm Stella swooping by but we didn’t let her dampen our spirits for too long and I needed to get something crossed off my list.

The day after the snow came I was out of our hotel early and at the Rockefeller Centre for the doors to open up on the trip to the Observation Deck. It was 8am and there were just a handful of folk waiting with me for the ticket booth to swing into action.

In fact as it happened I rode the elevator to the 67th floor all by myself and apart from a couple of security guards was alone up there for a while, it was amazing!

And the weather cooperated with me. The views were stunning, clear as far as you could see and the ground lightened by the snowfall. Here we are looking uptown to Central Park and beyond.

Towards the Hudson River and New Jersey.

And towards the East River.

The architecture was impressive.

As was the snow still clinging onto the building.

And my favourite view. Downtown to the Empire State Building, Times Square on the right of the picture and way off in the distance you can just make out the silver sliver of One World Trade Centre (Freedom Tower.)

That view right there, wow. It sends a shiver down my spine. It makes me want to live in the city so I could see it every week. It makes me thankful that I rode to the top of the rock. It makes me happy that I had a sunny morning and a clear view and the place to myself for ten minutes.

It makes me thrilled to have crossed it off my list but I will be back, one day I’m sure because it was just awesome!

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The click tick list – photograph 100 gardens – Borde Hill

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Another beautiful garden visited, photographed and crossed off the list.

Borde Hill Garden

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When we visited they had an exhibition of sculptures and the owl was one of my favourites.

It was a hot day so it was a good job we were allowed to take the Budster in with us. Below is the old potting shed. A derelict building now full up with plants and shrubs and little trees. Really loved the bricks against the greenery and that stone floor.

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Some exotic borders lushly planted.

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And roses galore complete with hidden arched seat.

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Sumptuous Italian garden with box hedges and planters all round a sunken pool. It gave us a cooler spot to sit a while and soak up the quiet beauty.

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Here’s another view of the pool from further back.

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An amazing long herbaceous border contained by that stone wall.

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A truly wonderful place full of little details and unusual features and a stunning house as a backdrop.

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Recommended if you are ever in East Sussex.

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Some links to other gardens we’ve visited – here, here, here and here. Also a 2014 list of the gardens we’ve seen so far.

The click tick List – Photograph 100 gardens – Painswick Rococo Garden

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We have a long weekend here in the UK. Gav and I will not be venturing on a visit to any gardens as we are too busy with our own but I thought it would be good to carry on the sharing of gardens we have visited that also count towards my goal of photographing 100 gardens from this book.

Painswick Rococo Garden

We visited this garden in March 2015 so were too early to enjoy the extensive kitchen garden but there was still lots of interesting things to see.

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Architecture plays a huge part in this place as there are at least four little buildings tucked around. All original structures from when the garden was made in the 1740 they are beautifully built and decorated.

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The pond is perfectly placed so it reflects the garden and makes all the buildings seem more impressive. That white structure which is referred to as an colonnade exedra was designed for people to talk and mingle and it is both strange and striking.

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There is also a sense of humour here with these giant conkers.

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And lovely carvings.

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And we even got to take the Buddles in with us.

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Overall a joy to wander around and of course to cross off the list .

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A note about the gardens we’ve visited and the click tick list.

Over the last twenty years Gav and I have been to visit many a garden. I am blogging about these visits rather too slowly but hopefully I’ll get there and have a catalogue of them all for reference and to share their beauty.

Since I drew up the click tick list we have concentrated on visiting gardens that appear in the book but there are plenty of gardens that are worth a visit that don’t appear within those pages. In this post I share where we have been (up to Feb 2014) and mention a few of the gardens not in the book.