Monday, 8 February 2016

Two little Churches in France..-

 
 
This little church is in La Clusaz,
 right in the middle of the chalets
surrounded by fields and mountains.
Wish it had been open to see inside.
 


 
 
 
 
And this little church is a short drive away.
Wish I could remember the name.
This is also out in the middle of nowhere,
next to a play area and a restaurant .
 
 



A joy to see this one open. There are many little churches dotted all over France.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Beautiful Stained Glass windows ....La Clusaz , France.

La Clusaz is primarily a  ski resort  but also is a super place for all seasons, in the Alps near the Swiss border. The commune is part of the Haute-Savoie département. The town is in the Aravis mountain range. This fabulous town is 30 minutes from Annecy train station and 50 minutes from Geneva.


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

There was so much to see and do.
 
Walks, play parks for the children, the Luge, plenty of places
to eat , also many supermarkets. And of course a fabulous market!!
 Lots of shopping to be done too!!
Very well catered for. 
 Easy reach to a fabulous place named Talloires
and of course Annecy.
 
In the middle of this town I found the
 
 

The "Sainte Foy Church of La Clusaz was built in 1821 according to Camille Ruphy's plans, architect of Annecy. There has been a church in La Clusaz since 1285.
In 1974, the church was extensively rebuilt as it was in a state of disrepair. The bulb bell tower was built between 1751 and 1762. This characteristic is no doubt the alpine expression of baroque art, which was at this time, to be seen on various monuments in Europe.

 



 
Inside I discovered the beautiful stain glass windows.
 


 
 Holy Mary and a place to light a candle..




I loved this town , the weather was brilliant.
Walked through the chalets , listening to the Cow Bells and the forest,
went Luging and swimming in Lake Annecy.
 
Would love to go back.




Friday, 22 January 2016

First post of 2016 -

My lovely friends have been on their
travels in the last few months.
So great to receive their postcards,
and from new places too.
 
My great friend Brigitte in Paris,
went to the Canary Islands
over Christmas - Sun and Warmth.

We could all do with Sun and Warmth!

 
Parque Nacional De Timanfaya  is a Spanish national park in the southwestern part of the island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands. It covers parts of the municipalities Tinajo and Yaiza.  The parkland is entirely made up of volcanic soil.

The statue "El Diablo" by César Manrique is its symbol.



 
 
 

Timanfaya National Park

The Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes, covering more than 50 km², rose up and devastated this part of the island. The last eruptions were in 1824, however due to the low rainfall (and therefore lack of erosion) this area appears much the same as it did just after the eruptions. In 1968 the area was declared a national park, Parque Nacional de Timanfaya.
 
 
 
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BIG THANK YOU BRIGITTE ♥
 
Blogging has taken a bit of a back step as life has thrown
some curve balls  which I need to deal with .
I know my friends understand.
 
When friends take time out of their holidays to think
of me and send me a postcard, no matter where in the world they are,
 I love to share with
you all. 
 
I have another postcard post soon. Take Care xox


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year .....

To ALL my friends 

In  every corner of the world. 

You have kept my blog going with

All your fabulous comments.  


My little twig tree on the photo gallery table. .
💟💟💟💟


Love these Angels..


St Marys church in Oxford..



A candle lit for everyone 

 See you all next year.
Take care and a big thank you. 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Picturesque town of Mondsee - Austria

We had a very quick stopover in

Mondsee

as we were heading back to Germany
for our last night..

Linda and I chose to go into the town
rather than the lake ..

Mondsee is a town in the Vocklabruck district in the
Austrian state of Upper Austria , located on the shore
of Lake Mondsee.







Wonderful decorative houses.



The Rathaus is the Town hall..





For all you

Sound of Music Lovers

this the church used in the film
for the wedding scene.


The Collegiate Church of St Michael
formerly the monastery church






It was a very short visit but very worthwhile.

A super trip for Linda and I.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

The Art of colouring and a postcard..

As we all know
 
 
are now
the new relaxation to relieve
Stress.
 
I looked yesterday and the choice is amazing.
 
And just last week I received my first
 
(click on link to see a fab set)
 
from Singapore.
 
The Autumn Squirrel
 
Love the colours Krissa. Thank you so much. ♥
 


 
My friend Krissa had just purchased
 
 
and was doing a doing a bit of colouring in the book above
and her flatmate gave her a colouring postcard.
 
Krissa put her book to the side and coloured this instead.
 
And here it is in England ♥
 
Thank you.
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Super Seven - Thank you..

Seven Wonderful cards from
fantastic friends.

This first card is from my great friend Marilyn who was on holiday with her
husband Trevor .   But didn't know where until she was at
the check in  at the airport. How did he keep this a surprise?
Marilyn how did you not know?? Thought you were the curious type.
Well done Trev!!!!



Pigeon Point is also known as Pigeon Point Heritage Park and is often considered Tobago’s most beautiful beach and is home to the famous thatch-roofed jetty which has become an internationally recognised signature of Tobago

 Sure we could all do with some SUN!!


The next three cards are from a very good friend Leon( also friend of my eldest son) ,  who  went for a break to


where his family live. 

Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, around 1,600 kilometres from the coast of Africa and 2,250 kilometres from the coast of Brazil

The Wideawake Tern

Known as the Sooty Tern in other parts of the world, here it is best known for it's call of "Wide awake!", and it gives the island it's second name. It is a graceful bird with a forked tail and pointed wings, generally white below and black above with a white patch on the forehead.
Their main food is fish and squid.
They are widely distributed around the world in tropical latitudes. On Ascension they breed in colonies called "Fairs", the main ones being in the south-west corner of the island, Mars Bay Fair, and Waters Edge Fair, but they are also found in small numbers on Boatswain Bird Island. In 1998 there were adjudged to be 400,000 birds in the two main colonies.




(click on the link above to read more)
There is a lot of mystery behind the Land Crab. How did they get there? Nobody knows.
Apart from visiting green turtles and seabirds, the crabs were probably almost alone on the island for most of the million years since it rose above the waves. Johngarthia lagostoma is only found on Ascension and, in much smaller numbers,
on three Brazilian islands further west.
Since they can neither swim nor fly, nobody knows how they got here. Being land crabs, they are unlikely to have rafted over on timber from Africa or Brazil, says Richard Hartnoll of the University of Liverpool, UK, their only persistent investigator. Their larvae might have survived long enough to float over on the intermittent ocean currents from the Americas – but their nearest relatives today are to the east, in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea.


The donkeys are found mainly in Georgetown and around One Boat, those living in Georgetown are often woken in the early hours by their loud braying.  
Some are relatively friendly and will allow you to pet them, but they can become rather boisterous and dangerous to road users during mating season.  Ascension’s donkeys have developed rather curious eating habits –
probably due to the lack of vegetation for them to eat, they’ve acquired a taste for cardboard
and will happily devour any boxes left lying around!







This next card is from my great friend Jackie --
The super traveller. She has sent me cards from everywhere.
Jackie's blog is
You will have to click on the link to read more about her travels, amazing.)

 Palm Springs, a desert city in California, is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. It's also notable for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, hip interior design shops and buzzy restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding

The mountains in the background are the
San Jacinto Mountains
which help with the fabulous weather in Palm Springs.


We then go to
WARSAW
with a beautiful card from a lovely blogger friend from Poland

OLA...her blogs are
Lakomym Okiem  - cooking blog
and
Daleka Droga - travel blog
Both written in Polish and English.
Ola and I have been friends through quite a while and we
just exchanged postcards.
Here we have the
The Łazienki Palace is a Baroque palace and is located in the largest park in Warsaw that occupies over 76 hectares of the city centre .
The Łazienki Palace is located in the largest park in Warsaw that occupies over 76 hectares of the city center. From 1674 the property and the nearby Ujazdów Castle belonged to Count Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, who built a Baroque Bath House named "Łazienka". The building, erected on a square plan, was richly decorated with stuccos, statues and paintings; some of the original decorations and architectural details are still preserved from that period.
In 1766 King Stanisław II Augustus purchased the estate and decided to
convert the pavilion into his small, private summer residence
(To read more please click on link above)

And today a card arrived from Trevor (my friend Marilyn's husband)
I love his cards as they are not only a huge surprise(like a lot of yours are  too, lovely and a surprise. )  but also what he writes!!!!☻
(Hi , Weather cold, Beer cold, Goulash hot!)


Thank you Trevor.
I know a few of you have been to Slovenia .
Esme from Chocolate & Croissants certainly has!!
Remember my postcard?


A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL..

Interesting countries and interesting topics to write about.
All so different.

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