Sunday, 28 June 2015

A big Thank you to you all ....

NO I am not stopping my blog
but I am going to be so busy this week and maybe the
following week , returning to work after being
after being away over two weeks.
I really might not have time to blog.
 
 
I have so much to show still , more of France and even
Italy that I visited last year. And now Austria.
And more Postcards..♥
 
These are from me to you for all your support and lovely comments.
 
Thank You.
 
 
I would just like to say
 
 
Thank you to you all
for your support
 
Really means I lot.
 


 
I might have time to do a post this week , I might surprise you!



ENJOY 

 
YOUR

 
FLOWERS
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Saturday, 13 June 2015

A trip to Bourdeilles - France .. Dreaming of France




This was a difficult post as for a start I had no idea where it was. I knew it was in France , I knew I was with Diane and Nigel but because my computer decided to rearrange all my photos out of their folders I had to sort them out.

It was this little plaque that helped me!!

After a long time researching I found out that he or she was an author.

I have searched and searched and unlike me I cannot find out any info except
that whoever he/she was they wrote books about Bourdeilles.

Must be in the name -- VERY SECRET!!!

JEAN SECRET

 

The castle of Bourdeilles was firstly a medieval castle, in the end of the 13th, then a Renaissance palace of XVI century, housing an impressive collection of nearly 700 items of antique furnishings. The fortress remained French until 1360 when the treaty of Brétigny ceded the Périgord to the English. - See more at: http://en.infotourisme.net/monument/bourdeilles/4936/chateau-de-bourdeilles#sthash.v8wfAQjE.dpuf



 

I think this Chateau is two different designs or there are two!
 
I am sure Nigel will be able to help me out on this one . 


 











 
I hope you all have a super week . I am off on a trip to Austria
with my Formula 1 friends. I still have to blog about my last trip ..
Italy in September 2014.  Lots to keep me going .
 
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Postcard from Penrith .....

As most of you know I am a
Formula 1 fan and go on trips
with my friend Linda.
 
I go with a company called Select Motor Racing and
they are brilliant, so well looked after and great fun.
 
Well since my first trip two years ago
I have become friends on Facebook with a few
of the  SMR "family" some I have not met
and Wendy is one of them.
 
Hopefully going to meet up with her
this year sometime.
 
Wendy sent me a lovely card from Penrith. I have never
been there, passed through on the train ..  
 



 Here we have the Clock Tower, The Castle , St Andrew's Church
and the The Giant's Thumb ..
 
The "Thumb" is in St Andrew's Churchyard. Please click on the link to
find out more.  I googled it and found out the alternative name is
Giant's Grave .
 
A church has stood on this site since 1133, and the present church was built in 1720,
 designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, a pupil of Christopher Wren,
and modelled on St Andrew’s Holborn.
 
  The Victorian Clock Tower erected in 1861, is
   known as the 'Musgrave Monument' and
commemorates the death of Philip Musgrave of Eden Hall.
 
Big Thank you to Wendy ..
 
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Monday, 1 June 2015

An Old Sign in France ...

When I was on my trip 1 year ago
with Diane and Nigel
we did a lot of sightseeing ..
and as you know in France you
can see so many different things.
 
And one is the old signs .
 
We came across this sign . (wonder if Diane remembers)
 
Diane has a few blogs , here is a link to her PhotoDiary.
 
 
BYRRH  is an aromatised wine-based apéritif made of red wine, mistelle, and quinine. Created in 1866, it was popular as a French apéritif.
 
With its marketing and reputation as a "hygienic drink", Byrrh sold well in the early 20th century. It was even exported, despite the similarity of its name to "beer", complicating sales in English- and German-language speaking regions
 
Brothers Pallade and Simon Violet, drapers from Thuir (France), decided to take advantage of the wine fever in the region to develop an apéritif wine flavored with cinchona. They mixed dry wines and mistelles and initially marketed the resulting product as a health drink or tonic. This was because the local apéritif producers were displeased about competition with their established brands.
 
Rebranding the brothers' aperitif as a health drink got around this problem, and Byrrh was sold in pharmacies
 
Interesting as I was doing my google search
I came across a sign just like the above  
 being  sold on Etsy..!! (click on link)
and an interesting
post HERE using Byrrh in a cocktail.
 
Enjoy if you do make a Cocktail !!
 
♥♥♥♥♥
 
 
 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Tulips from Amsterdam or is it a Postcard?

My great friend Diane and her husband Nigel
went off on their travels again .

Taking in Amsterdam amongst other places
 
They went to quite a few different towns , go and have a read!!!
They saw interesting places.
 
 


 Here we have  the intersection of the
 Brouwersgracht and Herengracht canals in Amsterdam.
 
 
Brouwersgracht is part of the canal belt connecting the Singel, Herengracht, Keizergracht and Prinsengracht and marks the northern border of the canal belt. 
 
The canal served as a site for ships returning from Asia with spices and silks, and  Brouwersgracht had many warehouses and storage depots for the ships inventories. Breweries were also prevalent in the area due to the access to fresh water shipments. Today the warehouses are now apartments, some of the most expensive in Amsterdam.,

Herengracht  is the first of the three major canals in the city centre of Amsterdam, and is named after the heren regeerders who governed the city in the 16th and 17th century. The most fashionable part is called the Golden Bend, with many double wide mansions, inner gardens and coach houses on Keizersgracht. Samuel Sarphati (1813-1868) lived at the house at number 598 and Peter the Great stayed at the house at number 527 during his second visit to Amsterdam.
 
Thank you Diane , looks like you and  Nigel had a great trip.
 
♥ ♥ ♥
 
 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Anyone been to Sodermalm Heights - Stockholm ... ?

My lovely friend Krissa
who lives in Singapore has just been
on business and I received a card too!
 
 She thought of me when she
was doing a little bit of sightseeing. Thank you ♥
 
Krissa's blog is
 

(Postcards (and stamps!) collection )

Very interesting , a great read.

 

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Sodermalm is an island that forms the southern district of central Stockholm and
 until the early 17th century  was mainly a rural, agricultural area.
The first urban areas were planned and built in the mid 17th century.
 
  Sodermalm is also often referred to as "Soders hojder", the Heights of 'Soder', which reflects its domain  of sheer cliffs and rocky hills.
 
 
 In the 18th century, the working class cottages that clung to Mariaberget, the steep cliffs facing Riddarfjarden, were replaced by the large buildings
 that are there to the present day.
 
   Today parts of Södermalm have rural feeling to them. . This area was mainly known as working class and  renowned for its poverty and regarded as a slum.
 
 While there has been a romantic air about Sodermalm for
many decades, its slow ascendancy towards a
better reputation began as late as in the 1970s or 80s.
 
Today it is considered a fashionable place to live or to go to, and it boasts prominent shopping districts and a wide range of cafés, restaurants and bars.
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And for all you readers out there ...
 
"One of the literary phenomenons of recent years is the Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson, better known by their individual titles: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Stockholm provided the backdrop for these compelling thrillers, so it’s no surprise that fans are flocking to experience the city for themselves, and in particular, visit the places featured in the books.  And now thanks to an exciting new walking tour, you can step into the shadowy world of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, and anti-hero Lisbeth Salander. You get to see many of the locations, including Blomkvist’s apartment, the editorial offices of ‘Millennium Magazine,’ and the bars frequented by Salander. You’ll even pass the café where Steig Larsson would tap away at his laptop, authoring the novels that would go on to sell millions of copies around the world, and even become hit feature films."
 
The above information was taken from a website P &O Cruises... !!
 


 
 


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Japan came to me through the post ..

All thanks to
lovely Gaynor.

BIG THANK YOU GAYNOR..
 
Such a wonderful surprise as I didn't even know
she had my address ...
 
Gaynor of
 
 
went to Japan with her husband to visit
 their son who is working out there ..
and by her posts and photographs
they had a wonderful interesting time.
 
Please read her blog to find out more.. you will enjoy.

When I found this on my door mat I was surprised as I wondered who it was from ..
Did I know anyone going to Japan who had my address? Turns out I did !!


A beautiful envelope , we need more like this..

 
Inside was a lovely handwritten card .. not just any card though ..!!
 
This postcard is made from Senbazuru, a string of a thousand paper cranes, which is folded with a prayer of peace. A part of the proceeds collected will be donated to Peace Promotion Division in Hiroshima City.
 
There is so much to tell about Senbazuru, cannot possibly tell you all , so here is a LINK
 

also inside were two fabulous watercolour cards ..

Sakura or as we know it Cherry Blossom. I know that quite a few of us
have been posting photos of blossom seen in your towns and villages..



and here we have



Sakurajima - The active volcano.

The volcano is about 10 miles from her son (she says no danger) as sea is between them.

Sakurajima . "Cherry Island") is an active composite volcano (stratovolcano)
 and a former island in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan.[1] The lava flows of the 1914 eruption caused the former island to be connected with the Osumi Peninsula.[2]

 
 
 I have included lots of links to this post as it is all so interesting.
Hope you hop over to Gaynor's blog and have look and maybe leave a comment.

Happy Reading ..

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