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Photo a Day -Week Thirty One and Thirty Two

Catching up with more photos.

Autumn is here.

Still trying to eat some healthy food.

Love me a sunset.

And the golden glow of early morning sunshine too.

Still harvesting tomatoes. Best year ever.

We were working he was watching……..

Took a trip with my sis and brother-in-law to a camper and caravan show. We can but dream.

Thought the Amaranthus matched the berries on the plate perfectly!

The Hellebores are coming.

Shadows on a walk during my lunch break.

Garden still life.

Oh these Dahlias. Labyrinth on of my favs. And the light of course.

We had a sudden cold snap which called for our first all day fire of the season. Someone was happy about that.

Delicious breakfast of poached eggs on avocado toast with a side of tomato and sweet potato hash. Yum!

And that was that.

The Click Tick List – See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

You know when you get an idea, maybe it’s something that you have had in your head for ages like seeing one of the amazing sights of the world.

And you get to actually see it one day and it was sort of a disappointment? Well, the day we saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa was not one of those days! HA!

It was just as wonderfully quirky at I’d imagined.

I mean. Look at it. It’s crazy.

And beautiful.

And even better when the sun shines on that marble and limestone.

I could talk about its history, how they tried to correct the lean while still building it and at several times over the next several hundred years but the internet can fill all those details in for you. I simply want to remember how amazing it was.

Such a great day and I’m happy to have crossed it off the list.

Bloom 2019 – The Minimal One

The last few days have seen me sorting out all my photos and moving the last couple of months over to our external hard drive. When you live with a computer programmer backing up is a necessary action. Plus my little lap top can’t hold all the thousands of photos I snap.

All that to say that I’ve found more flower arrangement photos I’d forgotten about! So here is one from earlier in the summer.

I went for very arty minimal! And I seem to remember not liking it much at the time and I’m still not keen but it is part of my flower arranging story so it’s good to document and learn.

What I do love is the colour combo. Those amazing ‘Sooty’ Dianthus barbatus (sweet williams) mixed with the dark Centaurea cyanus (cornflowers) and the elongated raceme’s of the Amaranthus. The zingy contrast of the orange-red Crocosmia sets off those deeper tones bringing the combinations of colour together well. It’s just the sparce arrangement I’m not happy with.

Really glad I found these photos though as I definitely want to try that colour combo out again next year.

The Gelato

Ice-cream is one of my very favourite things. And gelato is even better. So when we went to Italy we ate all the gelato we could.

I know what you’re thinking….. isn’t gelato just Italian for ice-cream? Simple answer no. The main difference is that gelato has more milk than cream so freezes at a lower temperature and is denser in consistency. It does taste smoother somehow too. I don’t know if I could pick gelato out from ice-cream in a taste test but for research purposes I’m happy to give it a whirl……

Before we went on our holiday I did some research and had about five gelateria’s in mind for us to visit during our stay.

In Lucca we went to Piniko and Grom. I had such delights as mango, coffee and nocciola (hazelnut).

In Venice we wandered to find Fantasy Gelato and I tried pistachio, stracciatella and peach.

In the little town on the coast, Lido di Camaiore, we visited Modo and at Viareggio,  Kremmy. Gav liked Kremmy best as they were very friendly and helpful. Translating the flavours for us and letting us try before we bought.

I loved our first visit to Modo not only because we’d walked and walked to get there so it was a perfect reward but also that just ahead of us into the shop went a large Italian family.  Each member of the family stepped up to the counter, chose their gelato and headed to the seating area on the promenade to tuck into the yummy dessert. And the best bit of that scene was that the Grandad paid for all the family. It was a lovely sight to witness.

I had more pistachio and I tried out chocolate and fig. And at Kremmy more hazelnut strawberry and nutella.

Finally in Florence we went to Grom again and Vivoli. Not sure which flavours I had but they were very good.

If you’ve ever watched the movie City Slickers then you’ll recall the scene where Billy Crystals character is testing another characters knowledge of what ice cream goes with different foods. Pretty sure those ice-cream making pair in the movie were supposed to be Ben and Jerry! Anyway, I felt a bit like that stood in front of all that gelato. I wanted to get a good combination of flavours in my cup. I can honestly admit that I didn’t achieve that goal. But they were all delicious in their own right so I’m not complaining and I think my favourite was the hazelnut.

Now to hunt up so gelato and keep practicing!

Layout Share – Chef Mickey’s

There were so many memorable times from our ten day stay in Disney I can’t count them all. But this one is up there as a favourite.

Breakfast @ Chef Mickey’s

Here’s the story –

One hundred and eighty days in the planning! So glad I booked this character breakfast. You have to throw yourself into the fun, try mot to get nervous, get up and shake hands and strike a pose with these guys. The food was plentiful and hello Mickey shaped waffles… It was full on FUN and a great adventure in the Disney experience. I mean c’mon even Gav got up and joined in the fun. Really loved this so. 

No other words needed!

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Nine and Thirty

Back to everyday life. However everyday life was filled with nature these two weeks (and hopefully every week right?)

A path in the woods.

Sunrise.

Found on my lunchtime walk.

Amaranthus.

Got the big camera out while the sun was shining.

Took my BFF away for her birthday and this was the view from our hotel window!

The we went to Tatton Park, more on that garden soon but for now these were the lovely pumpkins in the vegetable garden.

I adore this photo. The blue sky, the living fence to give a linear structure and the light on that beautiful Dahlia.

Texture, colour and contrast.

Got so lucky on my walk to work! Wish I’d had the big camera but still love this photo. And that tree is the one we played rounders by last year.

Another pretty Dahlia.

More pretty light this time peeking through and illuminating the greenhouse.

Almost time for this darling tree to come into the limelight for December.

Cheerful Rudbeckia brightening up the border.

And there we go.

Bloom 2018 – Little Suns

Popping in to share these pretty sunflowers. These yellow ones have come to an end now in the garden but luckily I have the photos to remember them by.

Somewhere I will have written down what variety these are but I can’t locate that information at the moment……grr! They are little stars in the way of prettiness and classic sunflower colouring. Not tall plants but they do keep on producing flowers with the perfect length of stem for my arrangements, so I must have more next year.

Right now though I have been charged with some weeding, my least favourite garden job and since the sun is shining brilliantly I better just get on with it…..

The 100 Day Project 2018 – Thoughts on the Completed Project

It’s over three months since I made my final heart on fabric for this years 100 Day Project! Where does the time go?

I did really well at sewing the squares together and finished that part of the quilt a few weeks after the end of the project. The time lapse is partly to do with me, the well known fact that crafts go in seasons with me, and partly that I have struggled to get a good photo of the quilt top.

I had it in my head that I wanted to hold up the quilt top not lay it down as I had all through the 100 days. After my second ‘photo shoot’ I should have given up and just laid it on the floor but I was stubborn and tried again.

Argh…… still blurry and with shadows but here it is.

Back at day eighty four I promised to return here and share what I learned from doing this project. I’ve just gone back and read my roundup post for last year to see what I thought about that project (I’ve linked all past post’s below).

What I mentioned in that post was that I’d surprised myself by completing the 100 days and that I was happy to have carved 15-30 minutes out of my day to craft.

Both of those thoughts are true this time around. I had set a more challenging project but still completed it and I made the time to do it.

I also simply love what I have made. I love that I tried new techniques, learnt about fabric paint (grr) and stamping with ink on fabric. That I used a well loved blouse, a sheet my sister gave me and mostly materials I had on hand for the squares. That I carved my own heart stamps, used a colour palette and fell in love with applique.

I think my biggest takeaway should be that I can do it. I may tweak and make it work for me but I can do it.

What I would really like to do then is believe this of myself day in and day out. I have a dream to sell things that I make. But I do not believe I can. I don’t really try to do it. There are a dozen reasons why I don’t. Excuses I should say, not reasons. There are too many folk already doing it, it will cost more that it makes, I don’t have people skills to sell things, nothing I make will be good enough………..

Perhaps I need to look long and hard at those 100 quilt squares and realise that I can do it if I want to and stop all the excuses? Maybe I will. We will see.

In the meantime I am already looking forward to 100 days 2019 and planning to finish the quilt obviously!

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Here is my intro post to the 2018 project and my thoughts on 25 days down and at 80 days. And here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project with this one summing up my thoughts at the end of those 100 days last year.

Layout Share – Checking In

Still more stories to tell from our 2017 adventures!

Checkin’ in

Here’s the story –

The magic is here. At last we made it. A long journey today but it is so good to be here. Our base for the next ten days Caribbean Beach Resort. Custom House where we checked in was cool and exotic a perfect tribute to its name. And the air con was perfect too a must in this heat…… It was so exciting to get our magic bands and all the information of course. The $750 gift card for the building work issue..cher-ching! Then off we went to our rooms. No key needed you just blip the band. Oh Yes!

Just typing that out makes me all nostalgic for Disney and eager to share the other pages I’ve made so far about this part of the trip. Such great fun was had.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Seven and Twenty Eight

The holiday continues…….

Not sure if I mentioned exactly where we went. Above is the picturesque town of Lucca in Tuscany. Above is the view from our first Italian pizza lunch spot.

Then Venice the following day and a rare opportunity on a quite street for a timer shot.

Lucca again and we borrowed bikes from out hotel and cycled about. This ‘street’ is actually on top of the wall that circles the town! Yep it’s that wide and is pretty amazing. The locals and tourists alike use it a their open space, their park and it is a magnificent treat to see.

I keep trying to perfect these shots…… I’m composing a blog post on my more recent attempts at selfies.

We moved on to the coast and on our first evening caught the sunset.

I began a new Dropcloth sampler after buying a pair of scissors from the supermarket. So cute!

The grounds of the hotel were filled with flowers.

A day trip to Pisa. More on that soon too. Love how the Cathedral and the famous tower are the tallest buildings around.

Loved the pool here and the light.

And for our final stop on this Tuscan tour we headed to Florence.

Many many stunning buildings and many, many motorbikes!

We stumbled upon an old fashioned photo booth.

Last look around this amazing place. I liked the sliver of the famous Duomo in amongst the other buildings.

And home to him.

And that was our summer holiday.