Sunday, January 21, 2018


 Lake Windermere 
After a tour of Scotland, we saw the Lake District....unfortunately we never went to see Beatrix Potter's farmhouse which was a great disappointment to me. We stayed in Chester one night. As you can see it is a very old city (established in 1541). Some things in England are so old that it is hard to wrap your head around. The city is on the River Dee (love that). Next was Wales and then on to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Ireland.

 Honestly, it rained almost everyday for the whole 3 weeks we were there. Some days it was torrential. In fact, I was watching a TV show recently and they were mentioning a river in England that flooded and said that the last time it reached that level was 2007. This was June into July...ugh!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Just Like Spring!

Although this photo does not represent, it feels just like spring today........bright, sunny and around 40 degrees. Most of the snow is gone. Before we get too excited, we have to remember that it is still January. A lot more cold and snow yet to come. Can we call this the January thaw?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Vintage Glasses

Years ago I used to collect things...from ebay, antique and junk stores and so on. It was a real addiction. I collected world globe banks, salt and pepper shakers, anything Anchor Hocking or old Pyrex, cheap crystal stuff, frogs for flower arranging and striped glasses. I still love these glasses. I can remember them from my childhood. I especially liked the small juice glasses. Of course, I never use them. Every spring I take them out of the hutch, wash them, admire them and put them back.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018


I'd like to live here (after an extensive remodel, Mr. Holmes)

Signage Overload

This is just a 4 way intersection on Belle Isle (very little traffic even on a summer Sunday afternoon) with a statue in the middle. I'm counting 12 traffic signs! Really? We need that much direction just to get around this 4 way? Otherwise it would be an attractive area.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Travels With Carol

I happened to come across some pictures from a trip that I took over 10 years ago. Used a Sony point and shoot at the time and no editing (although I just did a little editing now). Some pictures were taken out the bus window, hence the reflection. What a fabulous trip this last to Europe. Note the stacked stone wall. I think that England is noted for stone walls.

 A group of young people getting ready for some mountain climbing.....there is one of our group walking through the shot. I can assure you that none of use were tempted to do any climbing.
Caernarfon Castle, built by King Edward the 1st around 1283. Wonderful castle and I love the Welsh flags blowing in the breeze. There was a nice little town around the castle and because of the ancient castle I was so surprised that I could buy a card for my camera there.

I loved this town and the manor house....beautiful setting.