Friday, July 25, 2014

Euro or bust....

A whirlwind of summer hit hard and fast after Donovan Boy's graduation from 8th grade... Flying out to europe to visit family in the UK, friends and new places in northern Italy and just playing around in Paris, we were fortunate to have such lovely weather, great food and company to go with our very sore feet and legs each day!

Donovan boy age 15!!

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London in full glory!!

A wonderful bike ride out to Monet's House and Gardens...truly inspiring!

Great place to soak sore feet in Paris at the end of the day....

The quaintest village in Piemont, I think we were the only guests....
Upon our return, work and jetlag hit at the same time, so only now a couple of weeks after getting back are we finding a more relaxed rhythm. We have the good fortune to have our nephew from New York visit us for a week and the boys really had fun with him also!

Whilst I'm hankering for another get away in a tent somewhere, it seems that high school may start in the middle of August and so we may have to wait until later now.... we have yet to completely find the perfect high school in La La Land, but have faith that the right opportunity will present itself soon.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

What's your favourite??

This is an age old game to play with yourself or others and perfect for getting to know someone, far better than ticking 'likes' on FB - I played this on my first real date with my now husband, of 17th years - yes the Hairy One - and we still argue about how well we THINK we know each other!

 The uniqueness of each of us, yea all 7 billion or thereabouts, can be cross referenced, shuffled and coerced into useless forms of information, but maybe this is just for the fun of it...those who know me are probably not surprised, those who thought they knew me may be disapponted or even possibly disgusted, one can only hope to entertain the notion that anybody may be reading this and therefore how accurate is it really?
 Feel free to play yourself, cut and paste even on FB if you really want it to used in some marketing to yourself..

So here goes...

  1. Sweeties? Uk rubbish like Refreshers, lemon bon bons and fortnum's marshmellow
  2. or choc?   love good dark choc with caramel!
  3. Can't help but dance? Radiohead
  4. Rock out?    Led Zep!   
  5. Fav current band?   The Black Keys
  6. Fav old band?  The Charlatans
  7. Colour - top three in order?  Green, Purple and Black
  8. Last meal on earth would be? Indian all the way
  9. Summer time drink? Oh dearie, G & T with a twist of lime!
  10. Winter time drink? - Has to be Wassail or warmed port!
  11. Everyday drink? - Water and grapefuit juice
  12. Friends since?  Top Marks known since 5!1973!
  13. Best country visited? Indonesia for sure!
  14. Awesome food store? Fortnums for special stuff or Sprouts everyday
  15. Great clothes? Bryn Walker and Anthropologie
  16. Funniest movie? Bridesmaids
  17. Saddest movie?  Schindlers List
  18. All time movie? The Princess Bride
  19. Best TV show? Star Trek
  20. Smells like? Indian Rose oil
  21. Great Poetry by?  William Wordsworth and POE
  22. Book that changed your life? The Stars My Destination
  23. Great day out would be? Korean spa and sleeping under a tree
yep just 23.....another game you can play all day.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Weather be true. Lion or Lamb?

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?”

I often wonder about the truth of folk lore, specifially weather lore, for I am a self professed storm- chaser and get quite excited at the prospect of what I like to refer to as 'high weather'! My children of course think I'm a little screwy but one must know thyself ( even if some things don't make sense!)

I wonder if many sayings are based on careful observation or are even accurate or merely the bountiful beliefs of suspicious heretics! The people that came before us truly believed that bad spirits could affect the weather and crops and they were overtly cautious.

This would seem like a fun rhyme and while I get my tornado watch are some other fun sayings to ponder!

A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
As it rains in March so it rains in June.
March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.