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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!

 

Photo a Day – Week Sixteen, Seventeen and Eighteen

Back sharing a few more weeks.

And to begin all things from the garden.

This pretty flower is Orlaya. First time growing it for me and I’m impressed by its beauty.

Tomato….

Little arrangement.

Light on flowers.

Blousey but lovely.

Hebe flowers with added honey bee.

And potato flowers.

Starting off the week with a sunset.

Trying to remember this collection of plants so we can replicate on the other side of the steps.

A lift selfie.

Adorable pooch.

Almost blooming.

Forever making things……

Another crop almost ready.

More bees.

One of my favourites. Salad Nicoise.

Can’t resist the light.

We were walking from hers to ours and Gav ran past on the other side of the road……We were trying to get all three of us together but he’d gone by the time we got the camera sorted!

A lovely rooftop garden when we went to London.

Ice-cream and silly faces.

In the tube station on the way to Abbey ROad.

And there we go.

Click Tick List – Attend the Ceremony of the Keys

About four years ago when I was researching things to do in London for our annual visit I came across The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. It sounded interesting so I tried to get tickets for that year. All ‘sold’ out. Boo. The following year I tried again about two months before we were due to go. Same problem.

Last summer after we returned from our trip and the three of us were chatting about how much fun we’d had I decided to check out the website again to see how far in advance you could book this thing! Turns out a long time in advance. After a discussion about when we wanted to go in 2019 I booked us three tickets. A year in advance….. crazy. But they were booked. The ceremony is actually free you pay £1 for admin costs.

So off we went to the Tower!

No photos are allowed so the pic above is from before we went in. We had a Yeomen Warder as our guide who explained what was going to happen and also gave us lots of information about the buildings we walked past in this historic place.

There were probably 30 (now I know why tickets are booked up) people in the group and we watched as the 700 year old tradition of locking the Tower took place before us.

For Gav and I it was an amazing thing to witness. To think that every evening for hundreds of years this ceremony has taken place. There were just a couple of times due to the war that it didn’t happen. We had a great time and I’m so glad we made that booking all that time ago!

Bloom 2019 – Two Littles

Two darling teen vases full of flowers today. Have to say that this year I have been better at cutting longer stems and not worrying too much about loosing potential flowers by doing so. But I still can’t resist a few little cute arrangements too.

Above we have helianthus, calendula, salvia and centaurea in a tea glass that I’ve had forever.

Not sure where the ceramic and pink pot came from but it was a lovely match to the yellow and pink of the helianthus and cosmos. There is also ammi and salvia with a couple of calendula stems popped in for a contrast.

Ah yes having a good flower season so far.

What I’ve been Reading 2019 – Gone Tomorrow, A Lesson in Secrets

The reading has been slow these past few months. Best laid plans eh?

I picked one from my shelf of books a couple of months ago but just didn’t like it at all so put it down again. I never used to do that! I would persevere but not anymore. Too many books that I want to read to struggle with one. That set me back a little.

I picked the Tom Hanks short stories one up and read a couple of those. Then I picked up the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Also from the shelf. It is beautifully written but again I wasn’t sure it was for me. But I was round at a friends house and spotted it on their bookshelf. I was encouraged to stick with it so haven’t given up on that one yet I just chose to read these other two first! Not from the shelf though….

I know, I know. But soon I’ll have read them all! The horror…….ha, ha. This one wasn’t bad at all. As I’ve said many time before they are all similar but he just does such a good job at drawing you in.

And then I read one that my Mum passed to me about Maise Dobbs the lady detective from the 1930’s era. Actually I think the series of books spans many years. I read the first story at the beginning of last year. A Lesson in Secrets isn’t the second in the series and usually I would not read out of order but it was there, I just picked it up and off I went. It was interesting, set just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Not sure I’ll pick up another. As I say it was interesting and made me think about the history of that period in time. There is something about the either the character or the story that I don’t find appealing. I think maybe they are too long for me and I feel that the story is being dragged out so that the author get to that magic number of words her publisher demands!

Or maybe this year is simply not a reading year…..it does fee a little like I’m just struggling. But I’ll press on!

Click Tick List – Ride the Mail Rail

Back with more tales from our London trip and crossing another item of my list.

This is another one of those things that I stumbled upon and thought it sounded a fun thing to add to my 100.

Hannah and I hopped aboard for a 15 minute journey on the narrow gauge underground train that used to move post around London.

Construction began during the first world war and the service operated from 1927 to 2003. In its heyday it helped to move 14 million letters through the sorting offices of the capital. The journey we took included a virtual tour guide who talked about the history of the line and we stopped along the way to see video cleverly projected onto to the walls of the tunnel. It was all really good and I enjoyed the experience. Not sure the 15 year old would agree but she joined in non the less.

Really glad I added it to my list and of course crossed it off.

And after all that fun we had a wander around the postal museum too which I loved because ….post boxes!

Ah, the places we take that girl.

Photo a Day – Week Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen

Almost catching up now….almost!

The tomatoes went in.

Bees buzzed and collected pollen.

A self sown foxglove grew taller than Gav and looked lovely with the shrubs.

The cutting patches were looking good too.

And the light on these honesty seed pods. Perfection!

Lunchtime deliciousness.

Love the table in its new position and now with summer plants on it.

No words needed…..

The fig tree has a fig again. Just the one the same as last year and same as last year it does not look likely to ripen.

I was waiting for the spirea to flower as I thought it would look amazing with this foxglove. SUch a pretty peachy colour.

The sky was a wonderfully eerie grey and then the rainbow appeared. I can never capture their true magnificence and luminosity though.

Took a walk together. Love getting the three of us in one photo.

A favourite fruit of mine. I love cherry season.

Not a perfect shot but lovely all the same.

Here is that foxglove again! But this time it was the evening light that captured my attention.

Another bee.

A handful of blueberries. Still waiting for them to ripen!

Took the car for a service and had a couple of hours to wait so I popped to a nearby store and treated myself to a very unhealthy but delicious afternoon tea in the cafe.

Walked with Bud to the gardens at the park

After 100 days of art on those 5 x 7 pieces of paper I decided to paint on an old canvas instead. It is a work in progress I was just getting layers down here and really enjoying the process.

We had given up on this rose, actually forgotten it was there and then I spotted a bloom. So delicate and beautiful.

So there we go. Lots of light, flowers, garden and a pooch all in all a perfect start to the summer around here.

Bloom 2019 – Moody Magenta

I seem to classify deep rich colours with moodiness! Well I have to call them something right? Lol.

This was a delightful vase that I made a couple of months ago when some self sown honesty, the moody part of the arrangement, were in full swing. As I mentioned in the last ‘bloom’ post biennials don’t perform for me like they should. I’m coming round to thinking that I am possibly not feeding them enough? I’ll bear that in mind as I plant this years crop.

Actually this vase has three self sown plants in it. The honesty, lunaria annua, cerinthie and forget me nots, myosotis. I added the pinky wallflowers, erysimum cheiri and a branch or two of a variegated leaf shrub.

The cutting patch is looking great at the moment and I have been picking and arranging lots of flowers so I’ll be back soon with a glut of posts!

The Click Tick List – Cross Abbey Road

Who knows how this ended up on the list. I’m not even a huge Beatles fan but maybe I just thought it was something fun to do. And it was….. sort of.

Gav, Hannah and I went on our annual trip to London last weekend and I managed to get three things ticked, hooray. We headed off to Abbey Road in north London on the Sunday morning. I expected it would be busy and I wasn’t wrong.

It definitely could have been worse though. Han wasn’t too keen on joining in on this experience but bless her she did it.

To get a perfect representation I think you’d need to be there at 5am……. and anyone who knowingly drives down this street deserves to get stopped as folk try to cross to get that album cover photo!

Gav did an excellent job of snapping us when no one else was crossing.

So it is done and crossed off. Yeah, yeah, yeah………..

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about just Google images of Abbey Road and all will become clear).