Friday, 17 April 2015

Simply beautifully formed. The perfect gift!


I could walk by the ocean for hours. These beautiful shells were on the shores of the Persian Gulf


Perfectly formed. And I never feel when I take just a few precious shells home that it disturbs anyone or anything. Leave just footprints and take home memories ... Pretty and perfect.

I have a feeling that nearly every blogger loves shells too!


Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Miracle Gardens in Dubai!

It seems that whenever Dubai open a new attraction it certainly is big,prestigious and awe inspiring. How they manage to put on the displays of flowers at the Miracle Gardens with high,high,high temperatures and a desert environment beggars belief. Perhaps it is a miracle. Photos can never do it justice. But, I will let them tell the story of our visit to these amazing gardens. I am trying not to see our whole visit from behind a camera but it us hard to miss such photo opportunities! Flowers of every type,some cabbages tucked in and extra special touches at every corner. It made for a wonderful visit.


The Miracle Gardens and Butterfly Domes in Dubai.





And of course the perfect companion in the Butterfly Dome. Magical moments with a young child having a first experience of the wonders of nature at close hand. I felt truly blessed to share this.





I hope you are enjoying these little snippets of our trip .


Monday, 6 April 2015

The Grand Mosque on Easter Sunday.

It was somewhat surreal to be visiting the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on Easter Sunday. Surreal,stunning and stupendous.

I want to just let the pictures do the talking!












I had to take these photos with my phone. There are lots if strict rules in the Mosque. Obviously clothing, decorum and respect but also QUIET!

Well we found the best way of keeping a very lovely,but lively,chatty three year old quiet was to give him my camera. He loved snapping away and has already caught on to the idea of a " selfie!"


I had a few photos to delete when I got home I can tell you.

As always,when you leave you wish that all this splendour and opulence equated to the peace,tolerance and happiness prayed for within the beautiful walls. I am so glad I had the opportunity to walk within them.


Friday, 27 March 2015

Chasing a Butterfly!

I am only chasing a butterfly metaphorically speaking of course. I am trying very hard not to think about it,but,a week today we shall be in Dubai visiting our son,his wife and Sweet William.

Of course we Skype them often. He manages to change his clothes twice during each call generally. I love that so much. How a child's mind can be just like a butterfly. Slipping from pirate to cowboy in a second!

My IPad is full to overflowing with pictures if him as he has grown and developed.
This was his first Fancy Dress outfit for a party. They were still living in a North Devon then. The cutest pirate ever!
So grown up last Christmas.
And isn't it just the best thing on Christmas Day to pause a while and read a story to Captain Hook!!

So, I am trying not to think about how wonderful it is going to be to wake up each morning and spend three whole weeks there. Reading,pretending,playing,watching him play football and cheering his efforts as he learns to swim. I can't wait.

But, just for now I am trying to stop my tummy doing somersaults of excitement. I am trying to calm my butterfly mind. And it's working.

Preparing packs of fruit for the freezer to use in the Nutribullet when we return home. You certainly need never throw away any fruit .Perfect.

We had our eldest daughter for a meal last night and the Pavalova with an Easter theme was just perfect!


And Mary Berry's recipe needed Lemon Curd. An added bonus was that the recipe gave enough to make a yummy jar for another time.

Chocolate and fruit makes a winning Combo!

I got my sewing machine out the other day and made some Appliqué cards.

It blunts the needle but I love the effect these blues create. I keep that needle tucked away for the next stitchy card efforts.

And cute birds and Beach Huts.

I have been making these cute sweet Bootees with my small balls of yarn lately. They are really welcomed at Hannah's .

"Rabbit Big Feet " was a whisker away from the bin when I found him abandoned after a winter in the garden.
He looks like new but I can feel a story coming on about his nibbled ear!

And probably the most calming activity of all. Walking on beautiful Dartmoor. It was cold and chilly but yet so beautiful. Being near water always calms me.

We love keeping up with our youngest daughters escapades in the USA .

And to end, an Update on my BIG Elmer blanket. Sigh! Phew! Keep on keeping on! I have 6 squares to make before I start on the border. I have to work with it in situ now. It's hard on the knees I can tell you!
The light at the end if the finishing tunnel is definitely on!
And, if I really am stuck and need to find something quiet and meditative to keep my mind occupied it's staring at me .
Ends to sew in by the zillions.

So, my lovely Bloggy followers I am going to say "Toodle Pip,See you later,Au Revoir, Hasta Luego." And a massive " Thank You" for taking the time to leave all your lovely comments. They make my tummy somersault as well.... But in a nice way.

I will take a little break now to concentrate my efforts on my family afar and hope to see you here at Chalky's when we get back. I think that border will be finished in super quick time when I am trying to get over leaving them behind.