Friday, December 20, 2013

An Advent Blog Hop from Wyoming!

 
 
 
...and I am late but blame United Airlines, well maybe not them but Mother Nature!  I was all set to arrive in Casper yesterday in time for coffee and to get this post in the works and we landed in Denver with a scant twenty minutes until the connecting flight left luckily from two gates away but bad news waited - freezing fog and a snowstorm in Casper!  Undaunted we set off hoping that all would have cleared by the time we got there but no luck, and we were soon back in Denver with all flights cancelled for the rest of the day and a flight out at 8am this morning.  A night in a nice hotel, an unseemly early start to the day and I made it!

And look who were waiting to greet me...... two very proud boys wanting to introduce their very new and very small sister, Fiona Daphne!




Duncan, William and Fiona


A Christmas tradition? Well, hopefully NOT arriving 24 hours late to begin the Christmas holidays! For us Christmas begins officially when we attend the midnight Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve and we always enjoy a bottle of something alcoholic and fizzy while we open the presents on Christmas morning!

The first Christmas that the World Traveller and I were married we had Christmas Day on our own having had an early Christmas meal the weekend before with my mother in law and were looking forward to two more festive meals after Christmas with my parents and with with my father and stepmother in law so I decided we would have duck - small enough not to have leftovers. The meal was cooked and we sat down and I got up again immediately and left the table not to return.......I was newly pregnant though it hadn't been confirmed and the duck was just too much. The World Traveller ate his Christmas meal in solitary splendour!

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year from me and the World Traveller!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Selections # 145 or Fall in a Michigan village

 The Sunday Selections meme is hosted by River at Drifting through life. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River. A chance to show off some of the photographs you have gathering dust in murky corners.

I need a note from me mum again as been missing for ages, flu then just general malaise.  All better now.  We have had a lovely fall here in Michigan interspersed with some gales, rain and a feeble attempt at snow.  Most of the leaves are now lying on the ground, composting nicely or in bags waiting to be composted.  Most of these pictures were taken on a walk around our village a couple of weeks ago with one from the camera of the WT.












Halloween spiders invading our neighbour's house

The view from the end of the garden



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Selections #141 or Kuappatori (Market Square) in Helsinki

The Sunday Selections meme is hosted by River at Drifting through life. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River. A chance to show off some of the photographs you have gathering dust in murky corners.

Well, today we are back in Helsinki, where I was fortunate enough to accompany the WT on one of his many business trips and having an online stitching friend there was an additional incentive! On the first day I walked down to the harbour to the colourful and bustling Kuappatori or Market Square.
It was a gorgeous day, bright blue sky and the colours in the market were dazzling.

Finland was the first country I had visited (excluding Arabic ones) where I couldn't make even a wild guess as to what the signs meant - and I quote from my Thomas Cook pocket guide - no one knows how long the Finns have been living in the Baltic or exactly where their ancestors came from but the Finnish language belongs to a group that includes Estonian and Hungarian and in entirely unrelated to the Indo-European languages that nearly all of the rest of Europe speaks. 

This gentlemen was selling potatoes from his boat








Being a grammar Nazi this sign slightly
irritated me, I must admit!




Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Selections #140 or the (very) brief fall in Wyoming

The Sunday Selections meme is hosted by River at Drifting through life. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River. A chance to show off some of the photographs you have gathering dust in murky corners.

Obviously, I can't count as I appear to have jumped from #137 to# 140 but have an excellent excuse, please Miss!!

I was here in the Cowboy State visiting two small and utterly delightful cowboys and yes, totally biased as I gave birth to their father.......

Fall is brief here, 5,000 feet up in the Laramie mountain range near Casper, and since last week when these pictures were taken, winter has arrived with 8-12 inches of snow and downed power lines!


Three of the four reasons I visit Wyoming !








 



All of these photographs were taken within half an hour of each other but, goodness, didn't the light deepen as evening came on?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Selections # 137 or in the Principality of Wales

The Sunday Selections meme is hosted by River at Drifting through life. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River. A chance to show off some of the photographs you have gathering dust in murky corners.

A trip into Wales two years ago, while we living in the UK.  Conway Castle, around Snowden and Llanberis, .  A very cloudy day for the castle and a glorious blue sky the next to climb the mountain..