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Click Tick List – Photograph 100 Gardens – Villa Reale di Marlia

Sharing another wonderful visit to a Tuscan garden today. Full of character, follies, pools and even a disused swimming pool, the gardens of Villa Reale were a treat. And the amazing thing was we only saw four other visitors while we were there.

Even the walk from car to garden was even lined with cyclamen.

Perfect vista looking towards the main villa.

The garden itself was sprawling and beautiful with different areas such as the potted citrus garden below.

The light of course was amazing with that blue sky contrasting the greens and architecture so well.

A pretty knot garden tucked away at the side of one of the many buildings on the estate.

Sculpture and urns, topiary and fountains it was all packed in.

Along with the largest Hibiscus I’ve ever seen!

Truly lovely afternoon spent meandering and of course another added towards my 100!

December Daily® 2018 – Day Eight to Day Thirteen

More from this little project.

Day Eight began with this red envelope and a lovely star.

I removed the star and made a spread all about making the Christmas pudding and then going to                    to see the first Star Wars film accompanied by a live orchestra! It was amazing. Would definitely recommend this kind of concert.

Day nine is a photo on the back of the Star Wars picture of the crazy pooch laying as close to the                  fire as he can…..

Day ten began as a velum page.

I kept the vellum and added a big title onto a photo of the back of our house for day ten. You                    can’t really see him but Buddy is sat by the doors looking out at me. Always love a ‘looking in’                photo.

For day eleven I added a picture of making Christmas cakes and slipped the story into the pocket                I’d already made for this day. A strip of washi tape adds a little colour.

Day twelve was all about the purchasing of our T.V magazine of choice for festive telly watching.

Very busy day thirteen which began like this.

I kept the number and made another spread with a couple of photos and in between them I                      added an envelope with the story on the outside.

Love this photo of my Mum and our youngest family member.

And of course my darling niece. We went to see Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema.

And finally for this update day fourteen.

I added the two labels from a new little tree into a pocket page. I thought it was interesting that                      they told you on the label how to look up where the tree had been grown. It was something that                needed to be kept.

Okay back with the rest soon.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

Layout Share – Good Times on the People Mover

Way back in October I shared a layout from our 2017 USA trip and said I was hoping to wrap up the album by the end of the month. Seems that no goal setting stuck in 2018!

But…… A new year brings new enthusiasm and while I was putting all the Christmas things away and getting December Daily finished I found the aforementioned album at the bottom of piles of festive stuff! I hadn’t so much forgotten about it just one of those phases of doing other hobbies and putting scrapping to one side.

I have tidied my desk and have photos and post it notes laid out up there. I also have Project Life all over the dining room table…………. I’ll get there.

Anyway I thought I’d share a page that is complete.

Good Times on the People Mover

Here is the story –

So glad we waited in the queue for them to fix this sweet little ride. I remember I loved it the first              time in 2013 with Bev etc. And really loved taking Gav on it this time. A perfect vantage point above the crowds to see all around. One of my favourite moments.  

Love this page and the story. Looking forward to getting the rest of this album finished! Onwards.

What I Read in 2018 – A Recap

What can I say? My goal to read two books a month in 2018 has failed. I think my total is only seventeen….. No wait! I forgot another Jack Reacher book…..Eighteen.  Oh well never mid eh? There is always 2019…….

Here are all the books from 2018 –

  • A Cotswold Ordeal – Rebecca Tope
  • Bad Luck and Trouble – Lee Child
  • Maise Dobbs – Jaqueline Winspear
  • The Visitor – Lee Child
  • The Paper Moon – Andrea Camilleri
  • Rooted in Evil – Ann Granger
  • Murder in the Museum – John Rowland
  • Without Fail – Lee Child
  • A Presumption of Death – Jill Patton Walsh and Dorothy L Sayers
  • The Affair – Lee Child
  • August Heat – Andrea Camilleri
  • 61 Hours – Lee Child
  • The Attenbury Emeralds – Jill Patton Walsh
  • The Enemy – Lee Child
  • Tripwire – Lee Child
  • Turbo Twenty Three – Janet Evanovich
  • The Little Scholar – Jill Patton Walsh
  • Make Me – Lee Child

You can see that I stayed firmly in my comfort zone and read an awful lot of Reacher. But I’m okay with it. I’ll pop back soon with my reading plan for 2019.

Photo a Day – Week Thirty Seven and Thirty Eight

Let’s catch up some more…..

Festive-ness arrived.

Buying eco friendly gifts.

Frosty morning.

Little Robin.

Pondering a new little Christmas tree…..

The cutest jumper.

Favourite December mug.

Sunset and at very teeny crescent moon.

More Hellebores on the way.

Making cards.

Went to decorate my Mums tree with H wearing our antler headbands!

Found lurking at the Star Wars Concert event.

Nature.

And there we go another two weeks.

One Little Word® 2019 – Heart

I mentioned the other day that I was joining in on this year long project again. This will be my sixth year.

Previous words were –

  • Practice
  • Light
  • Whole
  • Align
  • Listen

This I wanted to write down that ‘success’ doesn’t come into my journey. In my head I always consider that I have failed with this concept because 1) I don’t complete all the prompts from the class and 2) I don’t really change. I’m sure I written about this before but wanted to state is here again.

It is not a case of success or failure. I shall try to do every prompt this year but want to give myself some grace and not put too many ‘things’ into the equation.

Ali had the same thoughts. Her word is habit and she wants to cultivate a yoga practice more days than not this year. She wrote that if she did that ‘it would be enough’.

My word is Heart. It popped into my head last October and hung around. It came from thoughts about looking after my heart in a literal sense. Living well to keep a healthy heart. All too often in my journey with words I have listed so many things I want to work on. This year while I know other things will come up I want to primarily focus on my health.

I want to get back to walking 10k steps a day (except Wednesday when I’m at work for 10 hours….). I want to practice yoga three or four times a week. I want to loose a little weight. This is such a huge ‘thing’ in my life and I don’t often discuss it here. It’s a battle I’ve had all my adult life. Part of me feels that I should accept what I am and get on with it but that is a very hard thing to do. So this year I’ll try to get to a certain weight which will help my health and stay at that weight. When I began walking 10k steps a couple of years ago I held a steady weight for months. So a little cutting back and more steps should help this plan.

And that is all I’m thinking about right now. Steps, Yoga, less unhealthy food.

What’s your word this year?

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One Little Word® is a project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over https://aliedwards.com/one-little-word

Hello 2019

It seemed fitting to include the photo of a bright white newly opened Helleborus niger as the start of this post.

A new beginning, a fresh start. That is what a new year is supposed to be isn’t it. Yet every year I have mixed feelings. On the one hand I get it and on the other I’m clinging onto the festive season, the indulgence, the extra ‘doing nothing’ time.

Instead of rambling on about that I’m going to share some of the things I’m hoping to do this year!

  • Started One Little Word® more on my word to come.
  • Joining in with Adriene and her 30 day Yoga Challenge
  • Finishing December Daily®
  • Cross at least 8 things off my Click Tick List! I think is is possible for me to get all these numbers crossed off –  11, 12, 14, 24, 25, 36, 76, 81, 83, 88, 94, 95, 96, 98 and 99! Wish me luck……
  • Completing 2018 Project Life and start this years album. May change it up a bit but still love this project so want to carry on with it.
  • Go adventuring with family to Portugal.
  • Complete our 2017 scrapbook.
  • Grow flowers and vegetables.
  • Carry on doing all the hobbies! I began three new ones last year and have started weaving again..
  • Read books and try to either read or get rid of that huge pile of ‘to be read’ ones.
  • Go to London with Gav and Han.
  • Arrange flowers.
  • Experience the magic of Disney World and a mini road trip in the USA.
  • Take photographs.
  • Laugh at lot.

Okay enough of the crazy rambling list making! Let’s get on with it.

December Daily® 2018 – Day Three to Seven

Well December you have done it to me again. I blinked and it’s the 20th! How does that happen?? Still wanting to share the days I have managed to complete so here are a few more days.

At the time of writing we are having computer problems so I can’t access the original pages from my post in November…… hey ho.

Day three was all about my new bottle brush tree and the house I made during our girls crafting day.

Day four was a fold out page and it stayed like that. I stamped ‘the story of the tree’ in red ink on the page.

Added a photo of a silver star that is hanging on our little tree then wrote the story on the fold out portion of the page.

A few words for the fifth.

More moaning about my cold on the sixth but a lovely story about H making her cards. The white pen was a challenge!

A two page spread for day seven. Above is a photo of my sister and my brother in law (who’s carrying my tree) And later H and I went to my Mums to decorate her tree. It is a tradition I love.

I hadn’t added any words when I took the photos. Wasn’t sure where I wanted to add the stories. As it turned out I wrote directly onto the photos. Seems that’s my go to this year.

And there we have a few more. Hope your December is going well.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

Photo a Day – Week Thirty Five and Thirty Six

Another catch up….

I’m on an eco friendly mission at the moment. It’s a minefield. We do lots of stuff in our house that is good but always trying to be better. Our vegetables come from an organic box scheme. It was the original box scheme in the UK called Riverford. The nets they use are completely compostable no plastic in sight. I was celebrating that in this photo! Plus I love a Clementine.

Adore, adore, adore.

A little winter arrangement Gav put together.

Eggnog latte……. mmmm.

Frosty morning.

Found this beauty.

Home made. Another way to cut out the packaging and know exactly what you are eating.

The saga of this quilt continues……. Trying to hand quilt some of it as my machine quitling wasn’t working. That or my basting was rubbish. This hobby is a labour of love!

We had avocados to use up so a mid-week special breakfast was in order.

Took a trip out looking for bracken….. as you do! Wanted some for a winter wreath.

And here is said bracken.

Another quilt in progress…. and my helper.

Time for the Christmas bedding.

A twinkle of sunlight.

And there we go.

December Daily® 2018 – Day One and Two

At the start of the month I thought it might be tricky to get this album made day to day but it has been more of a challenge than I thought! December always does it to me. But with the hectic and rushed comes the good too I just need to keep reminding myself about that.

Anyway here is day one and two.

As you can see I wrote about my feelings for the spirit of Christmas on day one and the traditions that get the month going. If you recall the only prep for this day was the white page base and the number ‘1’. That starburst circle is actually the negative bit from an Ali Edwards sheet of silver die cuts. I backed it with more white card and added a one on top.

I’d gone along to the local photo shop last Saturday, the 8th, and printed a weeks worth of pictures. All 4 x 6 some portrait and some landscape and all taken with my phone. The above photo was a portrait one so I cut it down to fit the page which is about 5 x 7. Love having the photo run up to the edge of the page on the right hand side. The words strip is also and Ali design from a past December Daily kit.

Day two was changed from the original which looked like this.

I wanted to include the snow globe because it’s sooooo cute so I cut it out of the paper and simply adhered it to my photo.

I added a tab page turner on the right and wrote (rather messily!) my words on the mirror in the photo. All about another wonderful tradition, girls crafting day.

Hoping your holiday season is going well and will be back soon with more.

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December Daily® is an album project developed by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.