Saturday, 26 September 2015

Pass the page blog hop 2015

Welcome to my part of this 'Pass the Page' blog should have arrived here from K's pop back there if you haven't......because 'pass the page' is a bit like chinese whispers for scrapbookers....the original page has been scraplifted and changed as it comes down the line....with everyone only seeing the page before their own.
All the pages were made before last weekend's Bloggers' Craft Retreat.....and it was great fun lining them all up and seeing what everyone had come up with......and what a difference from the first page to the last!!
This is the page I received from K
And this is how I interpreted it......using photos taken on DD1's birthday.......a meal out......18 floors up...... in a revolving restaurant in Hawaii.
There's plenty more pages to do pop over to Jo's blog to see how she interpreted this page......and you can start at Julie's blog to see the very first page....enjoy.

Monday, 24 August 2015

The world's largest maze.

Apparently that is true of the maze at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.......they even have a little quiz and a series of clues to follow.....I'm hopeless at mazes......luckily it seems that DD1 is quite good at them and we managed to find all the secret stations......I think a little bit of cheating cutting through gaps may have occured.......and eventually we even managed to escape.
We also had a meander round the gardens.....full of exotic plants
before a well earned pineapple ice cream......well it would have been very rude to go to a pineapple plantation and not try the [delicious] pineapple ice cream.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Pineapples in Hawaii

I've finally started scrapbooking my Hawaii photos.....there's far too many to scrap them all......but a start has been made.......with our visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation......where we spent a fun afternoon.
We began with a train ride round the plantation.....I love pineapples but had no idea how they were grown.....and we didn't notice our selfie being photo-bombed until much later!!!
More to come later.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A short road trip.....and Scavenger Hunt captures

Last week we took a trip to Dorset.....we haven't been there for years......the weather was perfect....the time was too short for all we would have liked to do....but we managed to visit a fair few places....and I added a few captures for Rinda's summer photography Scavenger Hunt.
We stayed in a lovely hotel on Portland island overlooking the English Channel[Scavenger Hunt no.20] ....which had a roof terrace to sit and enjoy the view.
I had no idea that the 'Jurassic Coast' of Dorset was a World Heritage site......World Heritage status was achieved because the Jurassic Coast provides a unique insight into Earth Sciences. It shows a geological ‘walk through time’ spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
So dinosaurs abound.......bones and fossils in plenty at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.
 and some real....and 'not so real' ones at the Dinosaur Museum.
a trip round the very cute....and fascinating....... Teddy Bear Museum....getting re-acquainted with Rupert, Sooty, Paddington,Pooh and more.....we also visited the Tutankhamen Exhibition......and the Chinese Terracotta Warriors Museum....but no photos allowed in them.
immersed in a lot of Thomas the museum....
 and at the cottage that he was born in....a quintessential English cottage
a visit to Bournemouth beach.......coming across the 'wedding on the beach' tent [Scavenger Hunt no.9] while a wedding was actually in progress.
a carousel by the beach [Scavenger Hunt no.13]

amazing views across Portland Bay......where the 2012 Olympic sailing took place [Scavenger Hunt no.16] towards Weymouth...on our way back to the hotel after watching Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation.....enjoyed the film.....but why does Hollywood always insist on making Brits either villians or idiots???
 a half day visit to Beaulieu Motor much to do and see there
vintage cars of every shape and size

we went on a vintage bus trip
and I felt extremely brave going on the monorail
our journey home was slightly slowed down by the New Forest ponies who appeared to be playing catch with the cars in the road.

a good few days break

Friday, 17 July 2015

Saying goodbye to San Francisco

Though...actually.....going on one of their famous cable cars was one of the first things we did....very early on our first full day....our body clocks still on UK time we woke at some ungodly hour....the first cable car stop was just round the corner from our hotel.....and we were there....on a very chilly morning [who knew San Francisco could be colder than London!!!]......waiting for one of the first cable cars to take us down to Fishermans Wharf. 
It was an interesting start to our holiday.......the conductor had a row with a passenger who refused to show a ticket or buy one.....we quickly realised from their heated conversation that this was an ongoing battle......he called for an inspector.....who arrived 10 minutes later.....and the passenger immediately produced a ticket....the inspector had a calm,but firm,talk with her before we set off!!!! 
We were in no just enjoyed the three way exchange.....and the conductor's ongoing grumbles.......and the woman's mutterings......throughout the journey.
We did alright out of it.....the conductor apologised to us for all the delays.....and waived payment!!!
[I'm not sure whether to put this story on the front of the page.....or hidden on the back.]
We were certainly ready for a big breakfast of American pancakes.......before starting a city tour on the hop-on-hop-off bus.
Thia will probably be my last San Francisco page......I've plenty more photos.....but I think they will go into the album in divided page now to move onto Hawaii.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"

As a child of the sixties 'flower power' and hippies were a big influence on my childhood......sadly the peace and love vibe didn't last long.....and seems to be in particularly short supply tourists lie dead on a Tunisian beach.....and Europe prepares to sell Greece down the river.
But when visiting San Francisco Haight Ashbury was somewhere we were drawn to visit.....a mecca for middle aged tourists reliving their hippy past,no doubt.....but fun to see all the same.
I remember that song playing over and over again on the radio......and it seemed apt to include it on the page.......along with bright colours and flowers.....lots and lots of layered flowers......and a bit of 'heart' journaling.
Let's hope the peace and love vibe returns sometime soon.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Today was the day....

that the bedroom fan was on all night.....that you could feel the heaviness of the air......that it was actually hard to breathe......that the washing dried in less than 2 hours.....that the garden wilted......that opening the doors and windows just made the house hotter.....that our sun worshipping dog avoided the sun.....that ice cream and iced water was obligatory......that there was absolutely no respite....that the temperature hit 33 degrees celsius ......that I wondered why we don't have air conditioning at home [though the answer to that is obvious!!]

and I know that for some of you this is normal summer weather....but it sure ain't normal here [thank goodness]......and definately not during Wimbledon when rain is almost guaranteed.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Celebrating another birthday

They seem to come around very quickly these days!!!!! As everyone apart from me [yay!!!] is at work today......we went out for a family Sunday lunch at the pub to celebrate my birthday yesterday.

Some people were determined to do it all by themselves 
Some people just wanted to mess around
But everyone had a delicious meal.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Japanese Tea Gardens

We love Japanese style gardens so while in Golden Gate Park we decided to pay to go into their Japanese Tea was worth the cost.....although quite small the garden was so beautiful....and even with quite a few people in there it still managed to feel very tranquil.
We wandered round for ages......but didn't actually have any tea as neither of us are very keen on green tea!!
I've only made one page....but all the other photos will go in page protectors alongside this page.
Here's a few of them.

It was all just stunning.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Golden Gate Park

During our trip to San Francisco........after spending a great morning with Rinda.......she dropped us off in Golden Gate Park.....the girls wanted to go in the Science Museum but OH and myself decided we'd rather spend the afternoon wandering round the park as we had limited time and the museum was extremely expensive [sadly].The girls loved it though.
The park is pretty vast,amazingly lush and has lots of different areas and venues to explore......we only had time for a very small seems amazing that it was once nothing more than windswept sand dunes. It does seem a shame that many things in the park require paying to enter.We did find the Botanical Gardens rather small and disappointing after paying to get into them.......the Japanese Tea Gardens,on the other hand, were worth the charge and I've made a separate page about them.
We would have liked to spend longer exploring the park......but we did also get a trip round it on the hop-on-hop-off bus the following day en route to another part of town.....which gave us a good perspective of just how large and varied it is.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Thinking of the dads

This Sunday is Fathers Day.....just the time to be thinking about making cards for men.....something I don't do that often......but I had some 'bits and pieces' that had come with a magazine......not quite the type of 'bits' that I normally use.....but it seemed like a good time to try and put them to use!!
There was also enough of them to make quite a few cards......about 4 sets in all.....all sports related.
The first set are based on motor OH is a great motor and bike racing fan......more or less the only sports he watches.....either live or on I think my girls may be grabbing these.
I quite like the way that they've turned out.
The second set are for golfers.....I know a few of hopefully the cards can all be put to good use....they certainly aren't the type of card that I usually make.....but they were quick and simple.....and I think that they've turned out okay.
Waste not....want not!!!
Thought I might enter some challenges for a change.
Crafty Cardmakers, Come and Get It and Creative Inspirations want 'for a man'
Dream Valley Challenges, 4CraftyChicks and Cardz4Guys want 'Fathers Day'

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Staying with Home Sweet Home

Once I'd actually cut into my Graphic 45 'Home Sweet Home' papers I was inspired to keep going with the cardmaking. 
Graphic 45 is always a problem because I want to use both sides of most of the lovely papers....I sort of wish that it wasn't double sided at all!!!
I added a few flowers to the first one.......and wanted to add some to the second one.....but none looked gave up on that idea!
It's probably 'florally' enough!!