Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Trip for the Senses


We are leaving tomorrow for a holiday which starts with 5 days in Rome, Italy and then proceeds to a cruise for 28 days......................from Rome we go to Greece (Athens, Turkey (Ephesus), then travel through the Suez Canal and on to Egypt (Luxor), Jordan (Aqaba). Dubai, Oman (Muscat), India ( Mumbai and Cochin), Kuala Lumpur, and 3 days in Singapore.  On our return flight, we fly from Singapore and have a 7 hour layover in Shanghai, so will try and do a little tour while there.

This is a dream trip for both of us, so we are very excited............such exotic locations!!!  I only wish that my health was better but I know that when I am in all those wonderful places that I will forget how I feel and it also goes without saying that shopping is a great pain killer (except for the wallet, that is).

I will send photos when I return and also tidbits of the experiences. The only experience that I am not looking forward to is the 9 hour trip to London and 5 hours later to Rome!!  Wish us well!!!

Hugs,

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Snow White, squirrels, and a lot of work!!!

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be 'Snow White' and live in the forest with all the birds and animals..........well, thirteen years ago, we moved to an acreage on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada and suddenly, we were living in a forest setting with all the birds and small animals that I could want.  Our property is 5 acres but only about half an acre is landscaped..........the rest is natural forest.  We have regular visits from deer, birds of all sorts including wild turkeys and eagles, small lizards and garter snakes...............there are even sitings in the winter of black bear and cougar!!
But the greatest entertainment for us as we sit on our deck are our squirrels!!!  They love to steal sunflower seeds from the birds but they all have an equal opportunity for filling up!!  Here is a  video that my husband took of one of our 'special squirrels.......she is very talented!!

video
My garden has been a labor of love and it is always a work in progress.....this year I was not able to do much work in the garden but hired some students to help weed and my dear husband did the watering this year.....this is amazing because we have a mixed marriage..........I love to garden and he doesn't!!
Anyway, here is a tour of our garden:



Some of my favorites:




Finally, it is wonderful to reap the benefits of a flower garden and orchard (we have cherries, apples, plums, pears, peaches, grapes, and figs)


But now, it is time to start putting all the yard to bed for winter.............before you know it, it will be spring soon again.







































Finally, I'm back!

Sorry that I haven't posted for awhile but I have been under the weather.....in fact, unable to sit for any length of time so hard  to work on the computer!  I am slowly trying to catch up on all the blogs that I follow and emails.

Thought that I would show you some items that I purchased recently:

First, some very cute fashion logos to use on purses, etc. for the very fashion conscious milady.


These can be purchased at :
http://www.etsy.com/shop/viliaminiature?page=1

Lia is the contact for the shop and is very nice.

Second item was a little chair that I was able to win on eBay.........................


I plan to put this in milady's dressing room..................but I would love to have a few more pieces of this collection.  I would really appreciate it if anyone out there knows where I can get other pieces....this photo shows the maker of the chair.....







One of my favorite places in the world to visit is New York City and when one can see miniatures there as well....perfection!!!  I noticed this article on another blog, called "Architect Design"
http://architectdesign.blogspot.com/2011/09/ny-in-miniature.html
Enjoy!!



More, soon....................