Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Memories - Cockington Parish. . . . . . . . .


Autumn Sundays. . . . . . . . . and today my thoughts go to this little church of 
St. George and St. Mary - the tower is the oldest part 1210-1230 -
 close to my old English childhood home.  Above is a postcard of a watercolor
 I enjoy. . . . . . below is a photo I took of the church on an October day when
 visiting some years back. 
I've no plans right now for a visit but have decided it will most
likely be in an early Autumn, my favorite time to be at home.


I hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall Fashion ~ Loose and Comfy!


Apparently it's fashionable to don loose, comfy, and often really oversized, 
sweaters this season. Looking through my personal stash from the past few
 years I already have several oversized sweaters in my closet.
I also have classic cut cashmere sweaters and cardigans which really
 never go out of style, so guess I'm ready for all chilly weather situations. 

 I did a quick changeover from Summer warm weather clothes to oh such loved
Fall/Winter items before heading to Louisiana last week - not that one required 
anything heavy and snug there - it was 80 degrees plus and still extremely humid.
 Is it ever not hot and humid in New Orleans?


Have you shopped for new sweaters this season?
This longer loose fitting sweater I love, and the tie bottom elevates it to being a bit
 more dressy than a lot of the oversized sweaters I'm seeing, and wearing! 
Pairing it with the co-ordinating skirt it can pass as a dress. I would find this a
 useful outfit for many occasions. . . . . . . I would however like it more with a
 lowered round neckline, turtlenecks are just too warm here in my area, especially
 when going into shops etc. where the heat is blasting out full throttle.
 The big loose sleeves are wonderful.


This gigantic sweater is rather too voluminous and would
be somewhat annoying perhaps, unless one could size down!
I do like the marled grey yarn, and having a hood would be great 
when taking a woodland walk on a chilly day. . . . . . . . 

. . . . . . . .speaking of which, now cool days are here and the colorful
 leaves are whirling in the Autumn breeze, I must get out and walk 
in the woods. 
Leaf raking will be keeping me busy and providing some exercise in the
 coming weeks so a comfy, loose sweater will really come in useful.

~ New looks from ZARA for Winter 2017/18 ~

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Scribble Picnic. . . . . . . .Gift Wrap


What's in the bag?

I enjoy giving gifts, or presents as we always called them in England back in the day. 
Of course I also like receiving them, but in all honestly giving them is more
special for me. . . . . . . and wrapping them has been a lifelong pleasure.

I've always loved wrapping gifts with beautiful papers, ribbons and tags since
 I was a child when Hallmark suddenly added those items to their card offerings.
They appeared in England when I was in my early teens, and I spent a lot of my
 pocket money purchasing gift wrap paper, curling ribbon and other trimmings. 
I recall my family and friends enjoying my efforts and saying things such as,
 "Oh, this package is just too pretty to open", then their curiosity got the best
 of them and they pulled off the wrapping, usually saving just the ribbon.

However I have to admit that when 'gift bags' arrived and offered another way
to share a present for a special occasion, I jumped on the bandwagon right 
away. When it comes to wrapping an unboxed item of an awkward shape or
size, or several small things which could just be gently swathed in tissue paper
and tucked into the bag together, the gift bag is a godsend in more ways 
than one. It also survives destruction on opening which allows it to be
 recycled with fresh tissue paper and a new tag if necessary.


A Christmas gift bag - I wonder what it will hold!
Scribble Picnic theme this week is 'gift wrap'.
I turned a photo of a gift bag into a sketch via PicMonkey
 then added back color with my watercolor pencils . . . . . . . .and
 then suddenly realized it's less than six weeks until Christmas!

Do visit Scribble Picnic today - there should be some pretty 
packaged gifts awaiting.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Yes, there are angels. . . . . . . . in New Orleans


On our early morning bus tour of the city of New Orleans, we stopped at
 the Saint Louis Cemetery #3 (there are three cemeteries). Most of the
 graves are above-ground vaults built in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The cemetery was heavily flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
 in 2005 however most of its tombs escaped relatively unscathed.
Perhaps the beautiful angels on high were watching out for them.











On a sunny morning, before the heat of the day set in, this was a stop
 before heading for the typical local breakfast of excellent beignets and
 cafe au lait at the nearby historic Morning Call Cafe in City Park.

The angels of New Orleans were glorious.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Colorful New Orleans. . . . . . . . . .


. . . . . . . it was a fun time and a great place 
to visit!!! 

The 'Big Easy' - round-the-clock nightlife, street musicians, cajun food,
 'Hurricane' drinks, color, hot, humid, noisy, busy, dirty, sparkly, live music, 
French, jazz, jazz, and more jazz. . . . . . . a city of contrasts, live oaks,
 beads, trolley cars, wrought iron balconies and flowers.


~ Jasmin choosing a souvenir mask ~




~ Preservation Hall ~
The hour of traditional jazz here in the tiny, historic space (thankful I'd made
 reservations for seats) was the hilight of my visit. 

~ St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square ~

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