Tuesday, 25 April 2017

T Stands for ………..

tired, which is why I am only just getting around to sharing any photos our Paris trip…….
 …...or for joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday - we were up quite late last night - couldn't resist watching the latest episode of 'Line of Duty' which we had recorded - of course this morning we slept in, despite the unpacking, washing and shopping to be done!!!
I am going to start by showing you photos from Sunday, which was Hubby's birthday - he is officially  a pensioner now!
We started the day by a visit to the Flea Market we missed last year, we thought it strange that something so widely publicised looked like a market….
….until we saw the sign pointing to the right direction - unfortunately I was so busy looking on the stalls that I forgot to take photos! 
From here we caught the tram to Parc Montsouris - you may remember I loved this park the first time we visited in June 2015.

The RER track runs right through the middle of the park
We took different route than last time.
Then it was time for lunch(or rather brunch!)
We caught the Metro to Les Halles and walked up a road to the side.
We came across le Compass - offering a very interesting sounding Brunch

The drinks came as part of the meal, Hubby had a carrot juice while I had orange - we both had a coffee.
I had started eating when I remembered to take a photo - there is also a basket of bread on the table at the left.On our plates - a salmon mixture, which neither of us really liked so it didn't all get eaten, scrambled eggs and bacon, hash brown, brie, caesar salad, fresh fruit salad and a syrup pancake - good job we were doing lots of walking!
The inside was old industrial style..

When we came out there was a small dance troupe
We set off for a walk…just a few of the things we saw on the way.

Lots of roads are closed to traffic on Sundays.

This was one of my most exciting moments - years ago we used to love being in Paris to watch the Friday night Paris Roller. It seems it now takes place on Sundays too! 
Our last destination before heading to the hotel was to find the Vertical Garden - created by Patrick Blanc on Quai Branly - it was more difficult to find than we expected because the road name was misleading! 
 We finished with a picnic we had bought back in the Mairie sitting on a bench with a view of the sun on the Eiffel Tower!

 Hoping you haven't nodded off, as I am …I hope you don't mind if I don't visit until tomorrow!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Travelling at Try It On Tuesday

For our new challenge this time we are looking for anything concerning Transport - from bikes to buses to hot air balloons!! 
The TIOT Design Team have been out and about for sure!
I have made a card - fairly simple as I was a bit pressed for time -   we were busy getting ready for a bit of travelling of our own!
Some graph paper, a piece of paper with Oxides for the map, some stamps from a postage set I got in France last year…..and a couple of postmarks for good measure!

The plane(TH) was stamped twice - once on the card and then again onto paper and fussy cut!

Hope you can find a mode of transport to come with Try It On Tuesday this time!  

Just in case you are wondering - we arrived back from Paris late last night and I wrote most of this post before we went away!
I'll be back with my T Stands for Tuesday post later with some photos!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A magical place!

By the time you see this I will be in my magical place - Paris!
To me it is always full of surprises - we try to visit a new part each time we visit as well as returning to old favourites.
To many it is the Eiffel Tower that is the focal point - to me it is the first sight of the Sacre Couer cathedral as we enter the city by train - hopefully with the sun shining on it! 
The background started with some Distress Oxides but I added quite a lot of stencilling and stamping to it.
The Sacre Couer stamp is an old Elusive Images one.I cut the macarons from some paper I kept from a bakery in Orleans a couple of years ago! I haven't had macaron for years so maybe this time I will treat us to one! I was using a TH clear text stamp when I spotted the quote in the same set, which seems very apt at the moment and I will be pleased to be taking some rest time while we are away!

Hoping to link to 
Art Journal Journey - where Hazel has chosen 'Magical Mystery Tour' as her fantastic theme    
More Mixed Media's theme is Anything goes - with optional yellow

Thanks for looking, I will be home soon with lots of photos hopefully! Chris

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spring walks!

While we had our son and grandchildren staying with us at our caravan we decided to visit Rydal Mount again. I had been a few years ago with them and they enjoyed exploring the paths and steps at the time.
It's only a few weeks since hubby and I went but we were surprised at the changes!So much more colour!

The moss is sprouting

The Wisteria above the door is beginning to flower! 

In Dora's field the bluebells are replacing the daffodils
 There are also some Narcissi.
Unfortunately something else has changed - not so much exploring now!!!!

Thanks for looking - I am scheduling this post as …ermm, we aren't going to be around for a while again!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Catching up with Artmarking!!!

I am so enjoying Rae Missigman's 30 day Artmarks challenge 2 that is running at the moment! The prompts are really making me think - although I still don't feel that I am stepping too far away from my comfort zone - but then I stopped worrying about that a while ago!
Here are the next few…
Day 9 - the prompt was 'x'd'
Oxides, stencilling and some of my own x's
Day 10's prompt was 'horizontal' 
Stencilling over paint, paint added with credit card and brush handle, corry card and part of a currency exhange slip from hubby's past(he was all set to throw it away!)

Day 11 - the prompt was 'one' and one of my favourites - a piece of mop up paper towel from an Infusions page, the butterfly stamped using paint and a quote.

The prompt on Day 12 was 'erased'
Distress Oxides, repeat stamping of the words 'wonderful' and a world erased by scraps - I am constantly seeing the effects that rubbish thrown from cars is having on our environment!
Day 13's prompt - 'sketched' prompted me to draw the trees we had seen on one of our outings with family onto a Distress ink background
Day 14 and the prompt was 'vertical' I had prepared the page by stamping the black Carabelle studios stamp and then doodled in the others with some fine liners (belonging to my granddaughter) which I ran a water brush over before adding more in black. 

It is a great challenge which can be joined at any time! I missed the first set of Rae's challenges so may continue with these after this one finishes.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 17 April 2017

T Stands for……time away

I'm back - I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday….we had a great time away with our son and grandchildren last week and then it was back in time to party - my two Grandsons have birthdays two days apart - one is 15 and the other 12. Here is the card I made for the youngest
I used my PA Infusions to make a splash behind the two Elenazinskiart monsters - I decided that the figures looked better  in black and white!
I used a gelli- print with an image transfer of my eldest Grandson's face for his card!
He likes films with special effects but I am not so sure this worked so well!!!
They were suitably embarrassed when the staff sang a birthday song to them!
I forgot to take photos of the Caesar salads hubby and I had but had my camera out for desserts!
 The boys had some chocolatey desserts - both had greetings piped onto their plates
This was mine - a berry sundae - lots of fruit and I took out most of the ice-cream for hubby(don't want a repeat of the last time I had an ice-cream dessert - my sugar levels shot through the roof!!)
You can also see…as I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday… empty coffee cup…sorry…just forgot…..!

Now for a few photos….if you wish to carry on…
We went to Lowther castle again - we went a couple of years ago but since then there have been big changes! No scaffolding this time for a start!
This flower egg in the courtyard was beautiful
The grounds are beautiful and my Granddaughter decided she would take part in the Dragon Egg hunt so we got to see parts we hadn't seen before - as well as that, there is now a play castle for all ages(I do mean all ages!),toilets and a cafe in the woods.

 This is the only one you will see of me - the others are far less dignified!!!
The views around are wonderful

We hadn't seen this rock garden before - I could have spent longer there!!

 I loved seeing these ferns too
After lunch the sun was shining on these trees………a very unusual light …because on the opposite side …..
 ….it was like this!!
 My son and I both thought that if we drew this tree no one would believe that is really this magical looking!

We speeded up after seeing this as there were a few spots of rain in the air.
My son had been measuring the miles we walked - nearly four miles - time for coffee and cake (which I will save for another time)
By the time we came out it was raining quite heavily! 
Our visit cost an average of £7 each and we really thought it was good value for the fun we had!
There were lots of people there but it never felt overcrowded!
Hubby and I plan to go back later in the year!

We also went to Rydal Mount on another day - I will post photos separately later this week - we were amazed at the changes in just a few weeks!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx