Thursday, July 31, 2014

TBT Sunny Days in Yorkshire 43 Years Ago

I'm thinking this was in the late summer of 1971 a time when my grandmother and cousin came over to England. If it was, then we took my grandmother hostage and kept her til the following year. I in the early days of my 2nd pregnancy here and had a 2nd son in January 72 and my mother came over to visit and the two of us went to see the bulbs of the Netherlands. Nana wanted to leave earlier but my mother convinced her to stay til spring so the could fly home together.

In 1971 my grandmother would be 75 years old. I'm not far from that now which is a strange thing to think of.

I didn't know which village this was but thanks to the internet I found out that it is in Hebden, outside of Skipton in the Yorkshie Dales.  The Clarendon Hotel. Not terribly far from our home in Knaresborough but a bit of a nice country drive with visitors. Sitting outdoors in the summer sun was not as common then as it is today - weather seemed cooler back then - and I see my xh has a turtle neck under his shirt and my grandmother's coat is on the table. I am wearing tights (lacey but substantial ones) under my bell bottom jeans. I still have that road atlas!

My cousin was about 15 then and stayed for a couple of weeks if I recall correctly, sharing a bedroom with our firstborn.  The boys are dressed for summer and seem to have been content. Happy days. 43 years ago.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel With Me Tuesday: More Sintra Portugal

After our lunch and some walk around, we decided it was time to head back to Lisbon. The sky was always changing from sunny to big heavy clouds and we were very close to the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. We would drive down the coast and try to find the westernmost point of the country and the continent, Cabo da Roca.  Well, we drove and saw one sign but  no real indication to us, the non Portugese speakers, of a road or perhaps just a dirt path.

Instead we stopped at Fortaleza da Guincho for an exquisite tea and coffee. I'm usually too cheap frugal to pay such prices but it was well worth the break and the gorgeous views, even with the clouds and dark dark skies. We never saw as many places as we'd planned for this day but it was an overly ambitious plan we realized. We certainly had a good taste of what Portugal could offer and it left both of us with the desire to return.

Monday, July 28, 2014

AAM Monday; PL Week 27

A lot of my time and mental energy was taken up with the World Cup. Oh how I love watching soccer and it brings back memories of so many games during my years in England. Cold damp days, great seats down in front midfield, bit by bit learning this new fast paced game. We had season tickets for Leeds United but my heart was with Liverpool. Even in the stands, the crowd was well behaved and for so many it was a family event.

When my xh went to an away match, I took the boys shopping, to the local market and into a pub for the elder lad's bathroom break and to change the nappy (diaper) of the little one before meeting up with my xh and driving back home. I saw a lot of northern English cities that I might have missed otherwise, and never considered that the IRA violence would affect me. Such naivete of the young....but that's another story.

This week we started Sunday with a trip out to western MD for a lovely brunch followed by a visit to my son and family in VA, and another meal as well as the whole crowd watching the cup. The little girls had a better time with their 'normal' game of throwing the corn cobs over the fence. Most fell on their own heads but it made them happy. If you ever drive RT 66 and see corn cobs flying, well it's this little set of twins. No arrests please!

NSA ice cream?? I didn't ask and they didn't tell. Still a mystery there. Pickled onions and a friend finishing up the replacement of his Volvo engine. Glad my dh could lend a hand there.

And how is your Project Life going? or has it gone? Never too late to jump in on this 2nd half of the year.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five on Friday July 25, 2014

This has been a really great summer so far with temperatures that make me wonder if I'm in Maryland. The humidity has been low enough to make the days just perfect.  We had a good bit of rain a week or so ago, and while other areas had bad storms, we were spared.

1. There is nothing like a good retreat to remind me how much I enjoy sisterhood. It's also a great reminder to find more of that in my life on a regular basis.

2.  Finally, I got round to making a drink I saw somewhere on line.  Watermelon soda with basil. 

1. club soda
2. a big basil leaf
3. a pinch of kosher salt (optional)
4. chunks of watermelon

Put the ingredients into the blender in the numbered order, blend til totally liquified and server over ice or add some ice last while blending. The salt is good if it's super hot where you live. You might want to add a tsp then. Really.

3. Some things in my life have made me both very sad and very angry.  It's possible to feel both of those things about the same event/action. Not enjoyable but everyone makes her own choices. Sometimes they are just plain selfish choices.

4. Did you know the Mendenhall Glacier is doing some serious calving? I hope access to the glacier is not restricted when my dh and granddaughter go fishing next month. That's a long way to go and miss seeing the glacier. I suspect the helicopter tour would be a bit pricey.

5. This is the time of year that I harvest my lavender branches. Normally, I've had about 5-8 bees happily gorging themselves on the flowers. This year I've been lucky to have two at a time, and some of those not even the normal fat black and gold bees.  A visible sign of what pesticides are doing.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TBT Ripley UK 1981

While visiting in England in the summer of 1981, we were in Ripley with friends during the celebrations for the wedding of Charles and Diana. These are scanned slides with no editing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Trave With Me Tuesday: We Go To Sintra

Nearing the end of our trip, we had to make a few choices about where we would go. Sintra, to the north of Lisbon, was high on our list so off we went. A gorgeous city with some elegant homes and estates.

More of Sintra to come next week.

Monday, July 21, 2014

AAM Monday PL Week 26, or at least half of it

Moving along with PL, a lot of my life was spent cleaning out boxes of old (1990s) souvenirs, with the World Cup and older episodes of Dr. Who as relief. What can I say? It's summertime and I feel no great need to be super productive. If you think otherwise, well knock yourself out. It's not my cuppa tea or rather glass of iced tea these days. :-)

There will be another page for week 26 but with all the eycandy on telly, I just didn't get around to it. All in good time. Hint's World Cup related. Imagine that!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Five on Friday: July 11, 2014

1. Ola, Ole...well kind of. I have watched more of this World Cup than an other in my lifetime, and as much as my heart went out to Brazil, it was the kind of game I hope I never see again. I won't be able to see them play the Dutch tomorrow, and I do pray that they can score at least one goal and not be humiliated twice.

2. My 8 boxes are emptied but I now need to put a lot of the saved stuff in other places. Much of it is sorted into a folder for each child etc and even that feels good. I'm not saying I'm ready to die yet but at least a whole lotta paperwork has been dealt with and this trash can has been emptied many, many times.

3. Between clearing out that stuff and watching the World Cup, not a lot else has happened round here. Oh yes, water aerobics. I like it. I do!

4. With the idea of getting through all the episodes of the 'new' Dr. Who series, I've been watching two a  night when I could, and omg the closer of Series 2, Doomsday, was a heartbreaker.I fell in love with David Tennant in earlier work, but oh in this one....sigh.

5.  Today I'm going on retreat for the weekend and then taking a week of blog break.  I hope you have lots of good things planned or maybe a great week of NOTHING planned. Some of those are the best kind! See you later!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: 1969 Knaresborough

We arrived in England in the summer of 1968 but had to wait quite a few months til out house was done. We quickly learned about the English habit of tea breaks. Those months of waiting were in one room in a Bed and Breakfast.  We checked on our house every day and anxiously awaited its completion.

Eventually we moved into our house, the last one on a cul de sac and it was a wonderful street to live on. Our houses had all mod cons, including gas fired central heating, but in an ancient market town. The walk UP to town and back down kept me quite slim and fit for the next four years. In addition, there were so many little children on the street that we mothers took turns keeping an eye on them, giving the majority of mums some welcome time alone at various points during the day. In many ways it was a perfect location.

(That garage door in the background was a ICI Dulux color that we ended up calling 'bloke blue' as it was one of the very few outdoor gloss paints that seemed to be available at that time. It was everywhere.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Travel With Me Tuesday: We Travel Around Lisbon

After our time in Belem,  we had another plan for the day. The tram rides gave us such a good feel for the city and were so inexpensive.  Another big plus was that we could always get off and have a look-see at anything that caught our eye.

The clouds were still looming but that didn't stop us. In any case, when it pours there is almost always a spot to dash in and have a coffee. We didn't though...we mushed on.

After the funicular, it was an elevador. So many methods of transport in one day! And finally, the sun came out as our day was ending.

Monday, July 7, 2014

AAM Monday PL wk 25

No not week 25 yet. This is week 28 for me and that means my exercise classes start again. This semester I am taking water aerobics and pilates and yoga.  All low impact and hopefully classes that will benefit my knee. I believe the water aerobics will give me enough cardio to make my heart happy too.  I recall having a water class while we were on vacation and trying to run in the pool is both hard and really really funny as I and my classmates couldn't stop laughing as we tried to run and just never got anywhere. Laughter is good medicine on its own. Monday is water aerobics so today, I hope, is a good laugh day too.

Now week 25. Amazing how long ago that seems....

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

I will be happily watching the World Cup all weekend, which is a a wonderful way to celebrate all the countries of the world.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

TBT Khartoum Sudan 1981

Long long ago we visited friends (former co-workers from Bangkok) while we were in Malawi and they were in the Sudan. It was an interesting visit to say the least. Amazing artifacts at the museum which had virtually no security, landing and taking off in the dark of the night because the runways melted in the daytime, my first and I hope last sandstorm. I'm glad I went and I'm glad I didn't spend two years there.

However, I met a German man, who was working in eastern Sudan,  on the flight from Khartoum to Zurich who wrote to me later asking me to marry him.  Besides already having a husband, I found that the idea of living in Hamburg Germany back then did not excite me. Good decision!

the two Niles meet, and I didn't see much difference in color

the Khalifa's House Museum

a great collection of loot at the Museum
the likely lads, our host on the right

don't you love this road?
Club with a pool, very welcome

me on the right, our 3 hosts on the left

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