Month: September 2018

Travel Time

Just popping in to say we are in Tuscany enjoying cappuccino and gelato! Be back soon.

Layout Share – So Yum

A little sweet treat in New Orleans…..

So Yum

Here’s the story –

You read the guide books and they tell you the places to visit. Cafe du Monde was one of the must visit places in New Orleans to try their beignets. Bev went in and bought them and they were indeed delish. We enjoyed them back at the hotel w/free coffee!  

Hmmm…… Love the photo and the page design but my story is lacking. Just one of those days where I wrote nothing much. And I didn’t include a date!

But it’s done and I shall pop into the album anyway and I’m sure in ten years I’ll love that I told this tale.

Bloom 2018 – Studded with Purple

I was full of woe in my last Bloom post wasn’t I! Oh dear it must have just been one of those days.

I squeezed a few more flowers from the garden though made up of whites and greens and arranged into a hand tied bunch with some Oregano flowers for a touch of pink.

I loved doing a different sort of arranging. It makes your arm ache holding them out like that but it was good fun. And make me feel more like a real flower arranger! I was taught how to make these in a couple of classes I took here. Love her passion for all things floral.

And I liked the background of the flowers against our next door neighbours shed!

The bunch looked a bit flat to me though so before I put them in a vase I added another colour. Managed to gather just enough dark cornflowers to thread through the arrangement.

And although not quite like all the trendy florist’s offerings I rather like how it turned out in the vase.

Photo a Day – Week Twenty Five

Here we go again…..

Making stuff.

Went to the park with these two.

What can I say?

Home grown tomatoes.

The iphone does not capture sun scenes well but I couldn’t resist sharing this early morning image. The reflections going on highlighted part of the post box at the end of our street. You can see it bottom right. Love it.

September brings a change of mugs. My most favourite pumpkin one is in the rotation.

When we were in Liverpool we wandered to the old docks. I knew there was a special post box around there somewhere I we spotted it. Now that is pretty special!

And there we go.

The Click Tick List – See the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition in Liverpool

I stumbled on the information for this exhibition quite by accident earlier in the summer. Somewhere in the depths of my memory I knew I’d heard of this archeological find but didn’t know much about it.

We headed off last weekend to see what it was all about.

This was the first time in over ten years that the Warriors (they have been called the Terracotta Army too) have come to the UK and the curators at the World Museum in Liverpool have put together a stunning exhibition.

Both breathtaking and terrifying we walked alongside the stories of how the sculptures were made and buried with the Emperor to protect him in the afterlife.

The detail was remarkable, each figure lifesize and unique. They estimate that there are 8,000 soldiers plus horses and chariots. They are still excavating this tomb that was discovered by chance in 1974.

I would love to see them in situ (just search instagram or the internet for an idea of the scale of this tomb) but I know I’ll never go so this will have to do.

Well worth the visit.

Layout Share – 18 Years in the Planning

This story is the axis. The reason for our trip stateside in 2017. And as you can see it was a while in the making!

18 Years in the Planning

Here’s the story –

This trip was in the plan ever since Gav and I went to see a partial eclipse in 1999 in Cornwall. I spent so much time looking at NASA map of the path of totality trying to decide the best spot to watch it. I also worried about the weather a lot too. But it all worked out. We had no idea where in Tennessee we would stop and the traffic the day before had me all worried again. But off we set and ended up in an abandoned supermarket parking lot with lots of other folk. Not too many. We met the guy with the telescope and it was perfect. And when it started it was AMAZING. So good. It was worth the wait. Truly. It was a clear (almost) sky and lovely for B, D and H to be with us too. Eerie, very emotional and will never be forgotten. And only 7 years to wait till the next one! 

This layout was a long time in the making so that matches this story perfectly. You know when you want to get it just right? SO much so that you don’t do it all…… Eventually I decided just to commit and make the page. I got the years wrong on the page, I said 9 years when it was 7 from when we saw it, only 6 now! But never mind the story is told and I like the way it turned out. Love those two photos. The one of a cross armed girl is a story all of its own but does not really need spelling out much more that she was bored!

So the big one in the book at last now on to the next.