Friday, 30 October 2015

Una bella cartolina consegnata a mano .

A beautiful card delivered by Hand..



A few weeks ago.
a very special   friend came to
all the way from Italy
for 24 hours .


Taken in the Williams Collection/Museum.



He was invited by a friend of his
who works in Williams Factory to
attend a Staff  Open day.

It was amazing to see him as it was one year ago we met,
at the same event.  Christian is as passionate about Williams
as I am about Italy !!  So you can imagine how are chat went !!!!


We only had a short time to chat this time , I was working
and they had to leave.  But before they did, he gave
me this beautiful card..

It is a concertina card from Genova (Genoa)

(Very difficult to photograph  - sorry.)..

Santuario Basilica di S. M Delle Vigne

Santa Maria delle Vigne is a Roman Catholic basilica church in Genoa, northern Italy. It is known from the 10th century. The main altar was completed in 1730 by Giacomo Antonio Ponsonelli.







In the photo below, the little door you can see is where my friend lived!!


I have included this little video taken from the Internet..
to show you inside.. I hope you listen and enjoy.
 

 
Grazie to you dear friend. 

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
closed.
 
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 ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥
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.

BIG THANK YOU TO TREVOR.
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.!!!

SWAZILAND


 

 
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.
 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥