Friday, August 9, 2019

HARBOUR TOUR

   During the nice days of summer we try to get out in our local area. One of our recent trips was go to downtown and theta the lake we opted for an island boat tout that lasts about an hour. It felt good to be out on the water.
   Moving along side the island shores we were struck by how high (3') the water level was. It has caused some serious damage and will continue to be an issue as rains are relentless and powerful. It is sad to see trees and BBQs bobbing in the water that once was parkland. Luckily many docks  along the coast are floating type so those with boats were able to moor them. After the tour we walked along the Queen's Quay boardwalk and again saw how high the water level is. Scary!!
Hope you like our photos.
I love the way the CN Tower appears to be part of a condo. Illusions can be fun. Of course the photo of me above was taken by Buddy who always takes pride in caring and sharing. Hope your August is a good one.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

UK PRIME TIMES

It seems my photo blog from yesterday ended up on my other blog. Weird. This time I hope my photos end up here.
I begin with the selfie in the plane.

We stayed at an Airbnb near to our family. The neighbours had a lovely front garden that cheered us up on the mostly rainy, cool visit.

Our grand gals were such a hit. We love them dearly.

Two weeks of visit was too short. 
but modern tech lets us see them on screen almost daily.
We thank you for dropping by always.
Happy summer to you all.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Fun

   Time seems to slip by so fast now. Easter came very late this year and outside it still looks like early March for nothing is green yet. In fact we still have moments of snow. Buddy and I decided to to decorate a bit with fresh new kitchen linens, new bath mats in all our washrooms and then add some fragrance with fresh cur carnations in our living room .


   We did"t stop there. This year we opted to make a small batch of rich dark chocolate coolies with added dark chips and they made our house feel so much cosier and festive from their delicious smell.


   We also decided we needed some colourful eggs for it to look like Easter so be bought a few white eggs, boiled them and then using vinegar, warm water and neon food colouring to create these.

And now we are happy that we made the effort for today Easter is here and we feel the joy.
Happy Easter or Happy Spring to you all.
Do share what you did for it makes Buddy smile and of course I get the joy too.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Special Times

  So much keeps happening for weeks that I am simply growing older without time to reflect on the negatives like aches or vision issues. I must say I hope I do not jinx this. 
  The holiday time gave us chances to meet up with many of our family ties and it felt great most of the time. I shall post more on my other blog as this is to be photos.
  Here is one of my gals, daughters and granddaughters, sisters, Auntie loves playing with her niece while Mom looks on happily just chilling with her youngest wh is also watching..

    On NEW Years Eve our Buddy always makes sure we get all into the moment festively. He got the hats and stuff out of storage during the day and made sure the bubbly pomegranate was chilled and toast glasses were set. This photo is from the first minutes of 2019. We played the original game of Sorry leading up to midnight to end that year.

   This year will mark our Golden Anniversary. I never dreamed I would be blessed to live this long and enjoy the journey even though it still comes with hard knocks. 
   I feel happy to have my follower friends who cheer me on. May it continue as the days move along another year of special times.

P.S.  Did you se the wolf moon on Sunday? It was too cold and cloudy here.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

CHRISTMAS 2018

   This year is exceptionally busy and my internet time stayed at an all time low. As I type my grandkids are playing downstairs with their  parents so I just took a moment to post a small update.
Christmas Eve will be at our home and we shall have an early dinner followed by gift sharing as the kids leave Christmas Day to be at the  inlays.
    Luckily they left UK before the drones took over Gatwick Airport halting so many planes and preventing folks from a pleasant trip to be with families. We are blessed they made it by coming a week sooner. 
   In November Buddy , hubby and I were in Vancouver B.C. where we managed to go to a Christmas Market while touring other sights too.
Buddy loved all the hustle and bustle at the market.

My favourite photo was this following, a large box of lights.

   May all of you enjoy your special time of the year. We know from past posts each of you will be celebrating in your own different ways. May it be full of joy and happiness.
MERRY CHRISTMAS 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Trump Putin and Money


As many of you are heading to polls if they let you or even if you mail in a ballot do not underestimate the unfortunate push to make votes not be counted or even go missing as the democracy of the current western countries is not without criminal messing.
The book by Unger has confirmed my suspicion for years. Putin is playing with the USA as well as Europe. 
I can only hope that the evil going on can be stopped by a united effort to stop Trump from further lies. He is not fit as the man to hold up the laws nor the military. 
Will NOVEMBER 6 be his downfall? The USA deserves better. Dictators have an evil way to create blind followers. Trump has many of them.
I am not American but I am an immigrant in Canada as the result of WWll and I have heard my family speak of how many Germans were duped by an evil leader. Once in power that man gradually made life hell all over Europe, even causing the Canadians and Americans a fierce battle off their shores, loosing many.
Back then Russia also played tricks. The evil leader switched sides to help defeat Germans but then took more than the fair share of the bounty changing many borders to be part of his property and that evil man continued a dictatorship that led to the cold war. It ended  Nov. 9,1989. That was a time when hate lost. But it needs constant reminders or it resurfaces. 
Today Russia still has issues. The leader controls freedom of speech and uses propaganda to have control. Putin has taken wealth and power.
Trusting Trump would include trusting Putin and all the illegal funds flowing between them. 
Trump never disclosed his source of income for a reason.
Powerful reading. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Our Tour August 2018

Finally I was able to post photos. Above is a castle as viewed from the Rhine boat cruise between Rudesheim and St.GOAR.
The Dome in Cologne was super interesting and I have many pics but here is an  unusual angle shot. The Done is again getting a reno. 
Buddy is standing in the town square in Frankfurt on the Main.
Here is an old castle in Lauf Germany where we stopped for lunch after leaving Prague and heading to Frankfurt.
Prague is viewed from the Moldau perspective  There are pics of the castle and cathedrals too but I chose a water scene.
This is at the town square in Prague. We had one day to tour the city on our own the day before our larger group EU tour and we opted for a couple of hours by cab with a driver who spoke some English. He showed us places more dear to locals than our official tour guide that followed the next day. it was worth experiencing the city the cab way.
The Dresden Hauptbahnhof is getting a huge make over for bullet trains to run between Dresden and Prague to cut down travel time between to countries. This is a joint venture and it will be ready soon. EU is transforming in many ways. 
Buddy stands at the foot of a castle and winery just outside Dresden where we stayed in a lovely resort. It was great to do some rural touring too.
Our trip began here in Berlin on August 6. Buddy is sitting on he roof top restaurant where we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast overlooking the city. the day was hot but fabulous. Berlin was the place hubby asked to see. Our hotel was right in the heart of the fancy shopping district. He took a few hours to explore his favourite brands and only bought one outfit on sale. For him that took some self restraint.
In Berlin we also rented a cab for a personal city tour and our driver was very impressive showing us more than a tour bus might have. The cab's AC was much needed on this day as Berlin hit record high temperatures. In the distance is the old St.Nicoli church. 
Buddy is wearing his Marvel T-shirt at the Brandenburg Gate, one of the many stops our cab driver made possible.
This piece of architecture is around the area of the Gate and was located to the east. Berlin is now thriving after the reunification.

As you can see my photos follow no sequential order and I did not care today.My main aim was to reconnect my blog to photos and that goal was met. I shall try to share more soon.

PS. Our hearts go out to all who are now stuck in the horror of hurricane Michael. We send you our positive vibes.




Sunday, October 7, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

   
  Today is our Canadian special harvest holiday and so I searched to find at least one photo that would let me post. The yummy rhubarb slice was served to me while in a lovely resort like hotel outside of Dresden on our August tour around the EU ending in the UK to spend more time with our little grandkiddies. Buddy and I stayed an extra three weeks and got royal tours of two castles , a manor and the seaside at Brighton. 
   I wish I could post more photos but my devices currently seem not to allow much likely because of some setting for sharing? Anyway I must say we three had a dream come true tour and I am ever so grateful for choosing Prague where my parents were married and much history was made along with many other well known places like Berlin, Paris, Cologne and Amsredam. ‘Wow’ is what Buddy had to say a lot and hubby was thrilled to be sitting on a boat on the Moldau and seeing Smetana’s tomb along with other Czech composers and then floating along the German Rhine past many castles and the famous Lorelei spot. 
   As we age all is harder but we still have the good fortune to try to learn and see whatever we opt for and that sure is a blessing.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Time Away

  How fast July passed. We had numerous birthdays and a sudden critically ill relative so we were rather busy,We did squeeze in a couple of days to spend time in Stratford to see three fantastic productions including a very unique version of Coriolanus by Shakespeare.  The use of our modern technology was very well applied to make the play seen totally relevant for today’s younger crowd, Comedy of Errors is always fun to experience up close in the smaller Studio Theatre. The costumes were rather unique but fun and transgender actors played well
 And we thoroughly loved To Kill A Mockingbird as too. We always stay a night or two when we go so we can enjoy the gardens and shops too. Being three to a room we find the Arden Hotel just right. I even made use of their pool and hot tub the morning of our departure day,
  Later today we leave behind out city and head off on an adventure in Europe. We’ll fly to Berlin where they are having an awful heat wave from winds of Africa, We will tour Berlin , Leipzig and Dresden till the 12 th and head for Prague to join our first ever tour group for the next 11 days, Since the tour ends in London of course we’ll stay a bit with our kids too.
While away who knows if blogging will fit in,  I shall try. I will be away till September 18, With my failing vision I hope to experience all I can while I can, Buddy is excited. 

PS No photos this time as my app is not working on my iPad.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Family Ties in CHUR

On June 8th I took a long weekend trip from UK by air to see my paternal cousin who lives in Switzerland. He is a couple of years my senior. The photo of us was taken on the 9th when we toured the mountains in his Prius.

 You can see his patio umbrella and one view overlooking Chur.He had his recent house built up the side of a mountain and one gets a 180 degree view all around.

 Having left his lovely home he took me all over into the local mountains. Arose is so close that the train for the ride up starts in Chur close to his place. I took it several times on other visit.
 We stopped for drinks at this cute family operated railway stop pub. Grandma and grandpa were in charge that week. Kids went on holidays. It was fun chatting with them.


 It is of interest to know that the river Rhein has it's origin i these valleys. Thee is an upper and lower Rhein.

                                    

 In contrast with many old churches found around Chur he took me to a super modern one known as Die Drei Grossen Steine, the three big rocks. It looked airy and roomy inside.

 And being seniors we enjoyed an afternoon watching old-timers race old cars wearing vintage clothes. The bonus was the weather allowed for an air show of three very old small aircraft to do some cool fly overs roaring in completion with the cars. The car route was in part along this lake.
 I was blessed with awesome weather upon my arrival and we ate our final lunch on the balcony with the view of Chur.
 I was very happy to reconnect with him now. While I just had a new granddaughter one of his granddaughters will shortly arrive in London for a Masters's class in violin at a famous music college. Then she will spend time getting to know my daughter and the wee ones. So cool!~!
My grandpa and my cousin's grandma were siblings born around 1890. They grew up in Sudetenland now the Czeck Republic. I got goosebumps when I think of how generations evolve. 
What about you?

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Precious

  How tiny we are as we enter our life‘s journey and how little we recall of those very early years. Yet looking down on this little life with all my wrinkles and many years I am struck with awe. Generation after generation has led to this moment. I cannot imagine this baby‘s future. Many before me have said the same words. Time together is most precious.

P.S. It is her first day in our world.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Arrivals

Spring finally made it’s way into our area May 22 when these blossoms appeared. For our area that is quite late. But of course what arrives next is extreme heat and storms. That is our forecast for today.
Today is also my little sis’s BD. I recall her arrival in the 50:s vividly. She is a born Canadian.
My SIL shares a BD with my sis. Happy times as they came to my place to have fun.

July marked the arrival of grandbabe in my sister’s arms first BD and Buddy’s. It was held at SIL’s house up by Lake Simcoe and kids went kayaking before heading nack to UK.
In three days I head to UK for the next grandbaby’s arrival. I hope to arrive before baby but it is getting very close as daughter is having some prelabour symptoms.
And for the first time Buddy and hubby will follow me two weeks later. I pray for their safe arrival. I shall try to stay calm during all this. It is hard.
Arrivals can be both fun and stressful.