Saturday, 25 October 2014

Let's start at the very beginning……..

although it may be more appropriate to sing "fah, a long, long way to go"……..our journey started at 5.15am when the taxi picked us up! we were on our way to Austria!! 
Yes folks, let the saga begin!! We lost count of the number of photos we took but it was getting on for 2,000!
If, you've got refreshments with you right now you'll be fine! (Oh! and be warned, this is only day 1)
I decided to change how I recorded this trip, knowing there were going to quite a few train journeys I took a water colour pad and pencils, pitt pens, glue, scissors and a few scraps of paper.
This first pic could be a spoiler so I photographed it upside down (turn it around if you must!!)
We landed in Geneva on time around 11.00 which gave us enough time to walk through to the railway station via a supermarket to get a lunch to eat on the train which left at 12.20.
Lake Leman(or L Geneva if you prefer) on one side….
…..trees and houses on the other This lady didn't mind if she was in the photo!
I had no idea that the lake was so long!
We weren't far away from the information screen
We turned away from this lake halfway along it and went up alongside Lake Neuchatel

Hubby had told me how beautiful Switzerland was but the views were breathtaking at times!

A blurry pic of a Lindt chocolate factory
We reached Zurich at around 3.00 with around an hour and three quarters to fill so rather than stay in the station we dragged our cases across the tram lines and the river to find a proper Swiss cafe!
Oh! There were a few cakes around too!
Then it was back to station via a call in to a museum - no body seemed to mind our cases!

The roof was beautiful!. There were repairs taking place so  the other  photos  weren't so thrilling
Yes that's me! Had to pick up my case to go across some gravel
This is what I did as far as Zurich - a bit wobbly, but my version of what we saw, hubby was photographer in chief
as you can see he got my reflection here
By now the sun was shining all the time…..

…but it soon went dark and photos had to stop
This angel of a cloud at sunset taken with my phone!
We arrived in Innsbruck, Austria at 8.20 - a short walk around some corners to find Hotel Central - just time to freshen up and go to the Restaurant
Pork with Squash(Kurbis) and Parmesan risotto  - delicious!!
We were in definite need of a leg stretch before bed and only walked down a couple of short roads to see this….
Innsbruck's famous Golden Roof…and this beautiful pink building

We were about five minutes walk away from the old town and looked forward to our next day before a really good night's sleep!
My page from Zurich to Innsbruck looks like this
As you can see we passed another chocolate factory - Milka

Thanks for looking, hope you can come back for day two! Chris

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Late and Dreaming….

…..with the Dragons of course! 

I started this before we went away but packing prevented me from finishing and posting it!
We have had a great time and photos will follow!

For now though with only a few hours to go I don't want to miss one of my favourite challenges - Dragons Dream, where Silvia chose 'V and Feather' My Violin was one I stamped on to a tag ages ago, I added text using Peacock Feathers Distress and added a few Prima swirls using Adirondak - Stream. The feather is a Paper Artsy mini stamped on to coloured paper and cut around the edges. I added Stickles in Aqua and Black.

 This violin is quite appropriate since we were in Vienna only two days ago (tales of a Strauss opera to follow!!!)
Linking to Dragons Dream TIO 'V and Feather'

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sparkly Christmas

I have finally made a start on my Christmas Cards - I usually try to make flat cards to go through the post! This time, spurred on by the theme at Country View Challenges which is 'Sparkle and Shine' I have taken the plunge with a bit of both!

The stamps are Inkadinkadoo 'Snowflakes' and 'Sketches Scrollwork' 
I added Tumbled Glass distress marker to colour then Aqua stickles and a Sakura sparkly pen, finally I splashed on some Brushed Pewter Distress stain with a brush
I've shown two views here because different parts of the sparkly bits show up.
I'm entering this for 'Sparkle and Shine' at Country View Challenges'

Thanks for looking, Chris

A Big Surprise!

Just as I finished my Christmas card post I went to get the link address from Country View Challenges, scrolled down to find I am a top 3 winner! Not only that I am alongside some wonderful people whose work I really admire - talk about a dog with two tails - that's me at the minute!! 

Thank you so much!
This has made my day, week, year!!!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A lovely day….

The venue for my son's wedding couldn't have been more romantic.

It didn't impress our two grandsons though!
The groom waiting…
The happy couple 
My daughter in law made her own bouquet - there are such lovely things in this - she says she's not a crafter - what do you think?
There were so many lovely touches to make this Autumn wedding more special.

A beautiful Autumn themed cake
It had to be cut though!
First dance as man and wife
Our granddaughter prefers to take photographs!
Before I could dance hubby had to fetch my flatties!
That's me with the pink and blue face
The weather stayed mainly fine and I'm looking forward to seeing the official photos.
I have had real problems adding theses photos in the right order - blogger kept throwing everything to the top or deleting altogether so some do not have captions - they are pretty much in order though!

Off to make a start on the packing!
Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 10 October 2014

Wedding Day!!!

We're going to a wedding, a really important wedding - my eldest son is marrying his lovely fiancĂ© today and we're on our way later today! 
Just time to show you the card I made!
I even made an envelope!!!

They are having an Autumn theme to their wedding so I have added some colour
I can't believe I did something white without big marks all over it!!
I'll be back with photos tomorrow!
Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Oh My! I am late!!! Yes I've been to the cinema(review later!) but then I had a clothes voucher to spend at M and S before it ran out! We were already in a rush as my eldest son wanted to come and collect my small contribution to the table decorations at his wedding - it's this Friday!! Of course when he came we had a chat and then a bit of sorting out for our holiday in Austria next week and suddenly it's past 7.00pm! I'm sure Julia won't mind me being bit late - it is still Wednesday - you know the day when we hop around the World at Julia's Stamping Ground blog! 
So….my desk…
The first shot is with the goodies I bought at Happy Stampers( a great day and met up with some WOWWYers!) You will find excellent pictures of the event at Stamping by H and Sams blog
…and here as it is now - I haven't been in my craft room since this morning when I took the photos…
..couldn't resist a quick play with my distress sprays  - only bought two - consumer research you know!!!

Cinema review - We went to see 'The Equaliser' starring Denzil Washington - Quite Very violent in parts and some bad language but the story was very gripping and although not my usual choice of film  I did enjoy it. It certainly moved at a good pace and it didn't seem like just over two hours! The scariest part was seeing the trailers for Halloween type films!!!

I hope I can get to visit this weekend if not before, otherwise I'll see you in two weeks time!!
Thanks for looking, Chrisx