Month: August 2019

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.