Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Sailor leaves...

Yesterday the Sailor and his lady headed off - him to rejoin his ship and her back to her home in Nepal.  It has been absolutely wonderful having them both here and we had a really special Christmas and January together - the best family time we have had in years.  

For their last day we decided to go for a walk in the park - it was VERY muddy, but an enjoyable morning.  I came home and cooked them a late lunch/early dinner of roast potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips and chicken with beans and broccoli.  

It was sad to see them go and I will miss my son tremendously - he is such a pleasure to have around and we are immensely proud of him.  He has worked so hard the last few years to get where he is and joins the ship this time as a fully fledged officer.  He is doing what he loves and enjoys and that is all you can ask for.   

We won't see him again until the end of May.  In the meantime I have a lot to keep me busy - so hopefully will manage to get on with things and not find missing him too hard. 

We were surprised during our walk to see some lovely camellias in bloom.

Very wet and boggy!

Percy enjoyed himself

Came back rather dirty though!

Fortunately however, being short haired, it dries quickly and brushes off easily.

The lovely couple.

There were also some daffodils poking up their heads and when I got home I also realised some of ours have also started flower!  Will have to take a photo today.  My main daffodil plot though, which was besides my sewing studio had a load of patio slabs and sand bags placed on pallets put on it - and despite requests for it to be moved - hubby still hasn't got round to it - so another year I won't have the beauty of those daffodils.  Never mind.

Very proud - he has his first stripes!

Saturday, 23 January 2016


Trying something different.



An old box brownie, my son's very first violin, my husband's teddy bear and my grandmothers bear, plus a couple of antique/vintage grodnertal dolls.

Photo A Day Challenge: January: 12 - 23

I have still been doing the 'photo a day' from the prompts - so here is a catch up - nothing especially exciting I'm afraid!

12:  Something I wore

13:  Three of a kind (these used to belong to my Mum)

14:  Close Up - amazing still flowering at this time of year!

15: Mail - nothing exciting.

16: Chair

17:  Faceless - my statue I bought from a Navejo while in Arizona in 2014.

18:  White

19:  In the Hand

20: Patterns - 

21:  Morning - arrived in the morning

22:  Night - need to upload this.

23: Play - one of my favourite pieces of music to play.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Tower of London

Words seem to be in short supply at the moment - so this is a rather picture heavy post of our lovely day out in London on Friday at the Tower of London.  Because of the glorious blue sky I couldn't help but take rather a lot of photos.

The impressive White Tower with part of the original Roman wall in front.

Tower Bridge.


I loved the way the vegetation was growing on this window and experimented with different settings.



here were lots of animals dotted around the place....  

For six hundred years, the Tower of London's most exotic prisoners were animals!

The elephant was sent to England in 1255 by the King of France - the only elephant ever seen in England at this time.  

A 'School of Monkeys' first arrived around 1799, but were disbanded in when one of the monkeys 'tore a boy's leg'!

They certainly look like they are eyeing up the tourists!

A white bear (probably a Polar Bear) was given by the King of Norway in 1252 and was allowed to swim in the Thames at the end of a long leash to catch fish. 

The only wild animals to remain today are the seven ravens (one spare) who are looked after by the Ravenmaster.

They eat at amazing 170g of raw meat a day, as well as bird biscuits soaked in blood. Yuck!  Rather them than me.  I don't even like soaking my biscuits in a cup of tea.  They also enjoy an egg once a week, a rabbit complete with fur occasionally and scrapes of fried bread

We were fortunate enough to see the changing of the guard.

Arghh! Didn't know I'd been walking around all day with my hat pushed up like that!

Me, my eldest son and his girlfriend.

London from the Tower Wall

Old mixed with new...  

I wonder what will still be standing in 100 - 1000 years time?!  I can hazard a bet it will be the old!

It looks like the forgot to finish the top of this!

One of the castle courtyards.

The day draws to a close....

What seemed like too soon the day drew to a close.  Six hours just wasn't enough time to see everything!  We did two 'tours' the second of which started in the chapel in the White Tower;  This was the most interesting as the guide was engaging and interesting and full of knowledge.  

Definitely a good time of year to visit some of these places as it wasn't heaving with people like in the warmer months.  

All in all a very good, if not tiring, day out.