Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Enjoying English Air and Rain and Sunshine


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I know it's been a long while since I posted.  I promised something from England, and even though it's easy enough to tell stories of our experiences, I am having problems getting my photos to load from my iPad to my blog ... and we all know stories about one's travels are best with accompanying pictures.

So I will save the real posting until I get back and share lots of pictures then. Just so you know, we are having a lovely time -- lovely being a very English word. We just completed a six-day tour of English country gardens and homes with Flora Garden Tour and it was quite delightful. Lots of walking. Lots of gorgeous roses and parks and trees and fabulous architecture. Lots of breaks for tea and cakes.

We've been stationed in Royal Tunbridge Wells -- a delightful town with lots of history.  Well, to think of it, what part of England wouldn't have history that goes back a long, long way. Tomorrow we head by train to London where we will be for a few days.  We are doing a one - day tour of Highclere -- Downton Abbey country. Then we begin a 17-day geological tour that will take us a few eons back into time, geologically speaking. On this part of our trip, we'll be visiting Cornwall and I'm looking forward to meeting up for tea with one of our blogging friends, Elizabethd. 

For those of you who Facebook, I invite you to join me on my Facebook page, because I have no problems loading photos there.  My name there is listed as Bren Leyland ... Ask to be a Friend as my page is not public.  

I'm off now ... 

Wishing you a beautiful summer,
Hugs,
Brenda
xox





Friday, July 01, 2016

Five On Friday: A Few Favourites for Canada Day


1. CELEBRATING CANADA DAY
WITH A CUP OF TEA

 From Pinterest



 
2. A FAVOURITE
SUMMERTIME SALAD




Mango and Sweet Bell Pepper Salad

1 ripe mango (or 2 nectarines), peeled, sliced or small chunks
1 sweet red pepper, cored and seeded, sliced into matchstick-size pieces

1/3 cup diced sweet onion
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley)
1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
dash hot pepper sauce

Put the prepared mango, red pepper, and chopped cilantro into a bowl.
Add onion, lime juice, oil and hot pepper sauce.
Stir gently.

This salad goes great with grilled steak.





3. MORE OF THE FRAGRANT MOCK ORANGE
IN FULL BLOOM






4. NEW TOTE BAG TO CARRY WATER, SUNSCREEN, CHOCOLATE,  WRITING AND SKETCHING MATERIALS, CHOCOLATE, CAMERA, CHOC...






5. FIREWORKS MUSIC


 Unsplash.com / Andrey Larin


It seems nearly impossible to have a celebration without fireworks to round off a beautiful summer's eve, now doesn't it? I recently found something that might be fun -- a list of the 50 most popular songs people have recommended to go with fireworks.
 
Included in that list are a few personal favourites, including Music for Royal Fireworks by Handel, Chariots of Fire by Vangelis, Star Wars Theme, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Zadok the Priest, to name a few. You might find your own favourites listed here.


Wishing my fellow Canadian a Happy Canada Day
and everyone a beautiful July ahead,
Brenda
xox

PS Next post will be from England

Joining with Amy at Five on Friday









Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday's Photo Hunt Arrives on Saturday

  Rudbeckia blossoms

 FRIDAY'S HUNT WITH EDEN HILLS

 For the week of June 17th
One. Starts with Y
Two. Week's Favourite
Three. In My Shoes



ONE. Starts with Y ... The Colour Yellow
 The color between orange and green in the color spectrum



Yellow-Petaled Pansies
One of the more fragrant of the pansy family



Yellow-Centred Crocus
A flower from which the world's sought-after saffron is harvested



The comforting soft yellow light of a lamp
As evening shadows gather






Quotes Starting With "Y" Words...
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 Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Rumi


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You can complain because roses have thorns,
or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
~ Ziggy


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You need to learn how to select your thoughts
just the same way you select your clothes every day.
This is a power you can cultivate.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, "Eat, Pray, Love"





Two. Week's Favourite
Our Mock Orange
This shrub is creating a flurry of gorgeous in the corner of my garden today. I love how the blue, clear sky creates a perfect foil for her white petals. I so wish I could capture the sweet fragrance that is wafting on the breezes -- I'd share it with you. All this beauty right outside my kitchen window. So much for which to be grateful!

 


Three. In My Shoes



My black L.L. Bean comfy slippers

The shoes meant for indoors only--haha--except I wear them when I sit on the deck, when I'm taking out just this little bag of garbage, or, when I'm off to pick a little posy and I really won't step in the dirt to reach for that blossom. Aha ...

On that note, I'm wishing you from the bottom of my heart,
a pleasant and heart-comforted weekend!

With love and hugs,
Brenda
xox





Joining Eden Hills this weekend for Friday's Hunt






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