Friday, 9 October 2015

OXFORD - The Parish Church of St Frideswide

I have  lived near Oxford for 10 years and
never been into this church until two weeks ago.
I go past it on the bus
but it is seems to be always
Until one day two weeks ago, I was helping my friend
at the Bed and Breakfast and had an hour free.
There was a BEE FESTIVAL , being held by
the Friends of the Earth , Oxford Branch.
We need to protect our BEES!!
We need the British Government to stop using
Bee Harming Pesticides. They are actually illegal
within the EU !!  We are in the EU , so they need to listen.
No BEEs means NO Food ,

From the outside it looks unfortunately rather dull , grey and closed.
But once inside I think it is amazing.
The church is dedicated to the patroness of Oxford, St Frideswide.  It was designed by the 19th-century Gothic Revival architect Samuel Sanders Teulon of Westminster, London, built by the local firm of Honour & Castle. The foundation stone was laid in 1870 and the church was consecrated on 10 April 1872 by John Mackarness, the Bishop of Oxford. It was originally intended for the church tower to have a spire.

(Info taken from the web)


I think I was in the right place at the right time .

Friday, 2 October 2015

Postcards Galore - From Slovenija to Swaziland..♥

A lovely blogger friend named
Esme, sent me one from

Bohinj - Slovenija

I will have to check but it might be a first. If it isn't
I don't mind , lovely of Esme to think of me and my collection.

Bohinj is a valley that stretches from Soteska to Ukanc.
On the south side, it is enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains,
which rise to 2.000 meters, and on the north by the Triglav mountain range with Mount Triglav, Slovenia`s highest mountain (2864 m).  Bohinj is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps and in Triglav National Park

Even though I love towns and Cities , I do like to experience mountains and valleys.
Makes me relax , and so good for Fresh Air.
 A beautiful card, Thank you Esme ♥ ♥

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The next two cards came from my friend's husband Trevor!!
Bless him, he remembered ☻.Instructions from my friend Marilyn ☻
The first one is from
 Lake Baikal in Irkutsk, Siberia.

Irkutsk is by far the most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and all points east. With Lake Baikal a mere 70km away, the city is the best base from which to strike out for the western shoreline. Amid the 19th-century architecture, revived churches, classy eateries and numerous apartment hostels, plentiful English-speaking agencies can help you plan anything from a winter trek across the lake’s ice to a short walking tour through the city

He then moved on to

The Red Square, Mockba. (Moscow)

Trevor said he was following the steps of Rasputin!

Moscow became the capital when Ivan the Terrible proclaimed himself the first tsar in the 16th century. Peter the Great moved his capital to St. Petersburg in 1712, but, after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Moscow was made the capital of the Soviet Union and seat of the new Soviet government, with its center in the Kremlin.

His cards are always a pleasant surprise. He does
travel to places far and beyond.

The last card was from my friend Marilyn
and this definitely is a first.!!!



This is a postcard showing the Reed Dance.
This is Swaziland’s best known cultural event.  In this eight-day ceremony, young girls cut reeds, present them to the Queen Mother (Indlovukazi) – ostensibly to repair the windbreak around her royal residence – and then dance in celebration. Up to 40,000 girls take part, dressed up in brightly coloured attired - making it one of the biggest and most spectacular cultural events in Africa.  
(info taken from the web)

Really amazing postcards .
Thank you to Esme, Trevor and Marilyn.
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Have you ever tried Luging?

Not this type of Luging though..
Before our holiday Jacob, Gillie's youngest son,  was telling me all about
the Luge..

(A one- or two-person sled for coasting or racing down a slide , used especially in Europe) 

 He really wanted me to have a go, so I risked it all!!
I was very apprehensive about going down on a sled from a height
and me in control .   Also had to go up in a Bubble lift.
I am not a lover of lifts at the best of times.
I put all my fears to the side.

You start off here , climbing into your Bubble lift to take you 800 metres up ..

When you reach the top, you grab your sled and position it at the start of the metal slide
and then you are off !!!

You control it with a gear stick - Forward for fast and back to slow down or Stop..

I wasn't fast but I wasn't slow ,, I actually had FUN!!

 You cannot get off half way through , once on you are committed.
Here is the proof ..Yeah I did it.

To give you a better idea of how it is ,
I found a little video on YouTube..

Hope you watch it.!!

Then you will see what I braved.

The person on the Luge is in the fast lane, I was
in the lane to the right. For beginners and slow people.

It was GREAT!!!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Did you go anywhere different this year?

I did!

All thanks to Gillie.
My lovely friend
asked if I would like to go on holiday
with her and her sons and two of their friends.
( Her sons even decided which room I would have,
and they chose the Balcony room.  Loved it.)
Oh my word ....Of course I would.
How lovely of her and her sons.

Gillie has a fabulous  chalet in

View from my bedroom balcony..

View as we sat on the  side veranda ..

Etale is a mountain of Savoie and Haute-Savoie, France.
It lies in the Aravis Range of the French Prealps
 and has an elevation of 2,484 metres above sea level.

Every night we sat on the veranda and just took it all in..

It is absolutely fabulous. And even though it is well known as
a Ski resort , the Summer season is just as busy. So much
to do.  Plenty of shops (Chocolate shops too)   a super weekly market ,
supermarkets,restaurants and walks. It is not far from
Lake Annecy either. As you can see from the map below.
The nearest airport is Geneva which is about 27 miles.

It is a ski resort in the Alps near the Swiss border. The commune of La Clusaz is part of the Haute-Savoie department  La Clusaz has been hosting winter sports since 1907. It is the birthplace of famous French skiers Guy Périllat and Vincent Vittoz and sailor Philippe Monnet. Based in the Aravis mountain range La Clusaz (originally from the word cluse - meaning a narrow path between two mountains) was once called Clusa Locus Dei meaning God's narrow place.

A walk through the forest..

Getting ready for winter with their log stack..

Mountains all beautiful and invigorating.
The change in air certainly knocks you out , slept so well.

Still went to France but a totally different holiday and area.

Big thank you to my friend and boys.

 I actually went to a few different places this year. I was very lucky indeed.
I have been trying to do a blog post continuing with Austria but having problems
exporting my photos from my phone .. I will get it sorted.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Super postcard from Croatia.. - Thank you Esme..

 My fabulous postcard collection is growing week by week
and it is all down to YOU.  
My wonderful friends around the world. 

Esme's blog
Fabulous blog and full of interesting posts,
Especially if you love Paris and France.
I do know that Esme has been to visit Portugal and Croatia
and loves travel. She is also a lover of books.

(Info taken from the web)
Zagreb is a city with a rich history
 dating from the Roman times to the present day. The oldest settlement in the urban area of the city is Andautonia, a Roman settlement in the place of today's Ščitarjevo. The name "Zagreb" is mentioned for the first time in 1094 at the founding of the Zagreb diocese of Kaptol, and Zagreb became a free royal town in 1242, whereas the origin of the name still remains a mystery in spite of several theories.
The city is divided into three parts: the thousand-year old Gornji grad (Upper Town) which contains the Presidential Palace, the iconic St Mark’s Church, the Croatian parliament (Sabor), and museums and galleries which are all set in cobbled streets lit by gas lamps; the 19th century Donji grad (Lower Town) with its shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres and parks; and the modern post-World War II area of Novi Zagreb (‘new Zagreb’) which is full of high-rise buildings and basically has little to offer visitors.

Zagreb is also called a city of museums as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing else for you to do if you aren’t a history buff.

One of the many pleasures that the Zagrebcani (the locals)
 enjoy is sitting in one of the numerous cafes watching the world go by.

We all love to sit and people watch ♥
I think I will have to
and see other fabulous places you
all visit.

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Salzburg and The Mirabell Gardens..

In June my lovely friend Linda and I
took a trip to Austria for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Before we arrived at our final destination, we had a few
detours. One being Salzburg.
I am going to start with Mirabell Gardens.

Several scenes from The Sound of Music were recorded here. Maria and the children sing 'Do-Re-Mi' while dancing around the horse fountain and using the steps as a musical scale.

Beautiful covered walk way and designed gardens.




Franz Joseph was born in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, the oldest son of Archduke Franz Karl (the younger son of Holy Roman Emperor Francis II), and his wife Princess Sophie of Bavaria. Because his uncle, from 1835 the Emperor Ferdinand, was weak-minded, and his father unambitious and retiring, the young Archduke "Franzl" was brought up by his mother as a future Emperor with emphasis on devotion, responsibility and diligence. Franzl came to idolise his grandfather, der Gute Kaiser Franz, who had died shortly before the former's fifth birthday, as the ideal monarch. At the age of 13, young Archduke Franz started a career as a colonel in the Austrian army. From that point onward, his fashion was dictated by army style and for the rest of his life he normally wore the uniform of a military officer.[3]

Sorry don't know who this female is , ..
Love the Statue.

The famous Mirabell Gardens were redesigned around 1690 under Prince-Archbishop Johann Ernst Graf von Thun to plans by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and completely remodeled around 1730 by Franz Anton Danreiter. The Pegasus Fountain, a work by Kaspar Gras from Innsbruck, was installed in 1913. The four groups of statues around the fountain were sculpted by Ottavio Mosto (1690) and symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water. The Mirabell Gardens were opened to the public by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1854. Today they are a horticultural masterpiece and popular backdrop for photographers.
We had a lovely walk round these beautiful gardens and then saw more of Salzburg.
It is a fabulous place.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

I could do with being here ..........


To get away from all the
strains and stresses .
RELAX and just take in the sea air.
My lovely blogger friend
Elisa - Globetrotting in Heels
was in her home country of Sardegna for a summer break ..
(lucky lady)and she thought of 
me and my collection.

The beautiful beach is
Golfo Di Orosei
The beach of Cala Mariolu opens out onto the Golfo di Orosei, in the locality of Punta Ispuligi and the name is connected with the monk seal, nicknamed by the fishermen "mariolu" (thief) because it took fish out of their nets.

 Its waters are of a changing blue for the plays of light created by the sun reflected on the seabed, characterised by sand mixed with round, pink-coloured pebbles.

This area is full of caves, one of which opens directly onto the bay, while the Grotta del Fico (Fig Tree Cave) is found quite close by, accessible thanks to the boats which depart from the harbours of Arbatax, Cala Gonone and Santa Maria Navarrese.

Grazie  mille Elisa
I have been following her blog for a few years now
, I just love her passion and her honesty.
Here is a link to all about Elisa.
Taken from her page
"I am always roaring to go somewhere, to find and
see things, to capture moments to treasure, to find and share inspiration"

She knew what she wanted to do from a very young age
and she did it!!! ♥

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