Sunday, December 04, 2016

Watercolor Sunday and Saturday's Color: November 2016

After a week in Belgium for getting into the Christmas spirit, it's high time to get November's colors on the books!  So, here goes.

My Watercolor Sundays on Facebook for November 2016:

November 6 (photo manipulation):
"Don't worry, be happy."  --Bobby McFerrin

[It's only the most important USA Presidential Election of our time!]

November 13 (photo manipulation):
"We live in a pretty bleak time.  I feel that in the air.  Everything is uncertain.
Everything feels like it's on the precipice of some major transformation,
whether we like it or not."  --Sean Lennon

November 20 (photo manipulation):
"An optimist is a man who plants two acorns and buys a hammock."
--Jean De Lattre De Tassigny

November 27 (photo manipulation):
"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
--William Blake

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My Saturday's Color posts on Facebook for November 2016:

(finished on 29 January 2013, posted on FB 5 November 2016)
I suppose many of us (Americans, that is) are feeling a bit tangled up on our insides right now,
wanting so much for this Presidential Election to be OVER.
(from my Viking Colouring Book)

(finished on 10 November 2016, posted on FB 12 November 2016)
Little did I know the symbolism of this dragonfly when I started this Color Me Fearless design
before Tuesday's Presidential Election and finished it just two days ago.
"The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world, symbolizes change and change in the perspective
of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity
and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life."  [Wiki]

(finished on 3 November 2016, posted on FB 19 November 2016)
From a new Stained Glass book, I decided to follow some of the color suggestions
given for the design, which I quite liked.

(finished on 3 November 2016, posted on FB 26 November 2016)
For those of you still celebrating the Thanksgiving weekend, here are some more apple pies for you,
and lots of loving hearts!  (from my Kaleido Color book on black-background paper)

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I can't leave on that Thanksgiving note without mentioning that our nearby friends, Femke and Jeannette, made a traditional Thanksgiving meal just for first in seven years!  I was blown away.  Here are some of the pics throughout our 11-hour day with them, posted on Facebook (during which we even watched two movies!).

First of all, before we even got there at 11 a.m., Jeannette had already posted this on FB,
showing Femke busy in the kitchen.
The 2 kilo/4 pound turkey was in an herbal brine, getting ready for roasting.

We started out the day with treats...while Femke got the turkey basted.
Kinda like eating dessert first, you know.

And then Jeannette decided we needed a "wee" lunch to tide us over.
That's her onion soup with lots of garlic!
After that, we watch our first movie.

It took Femke only one hour to roast the turkey (a special kind of oven).
Turkey, cranberry stuffing, and mashed potatoes with peas.
Astrid made the apple taart for the real dessert.
And I made the eggnog (which you can't buy here!!!) for while we watched our second movie.

What a way to finish November! 
 It definitely goes down in my history book.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

England 2016: The Bristol Walk

So, back to the part of England (in September) when we weren't in Cornwall but in the Bath area with our friends Lisl and Michael!  (You didn't think I was finished with England, did you?!)

The day after we arrived at the Bristol airport (and were picked up by Chris who took us to Lisl's home), we took the train back to Bristol from Bath and spent the day on our Bristol Walk #2.  In 2014 we had taken Walk #1 with Lisl and Chris (both from our Shutterchance photo blog).  There are several Bristol walks and by the time we're done, I'm guessing we'll hit them all.

This time there were 6 of us, all Shutterchancers, meeting up at the Bristol train station.
Chris, Lisl, Alan, Bill, Astrid and moi.  I bet you recognize them by now.
First order of business was a koffie break near the train station before heading out by bus.

Thanks to Chris for the overview.  A good way to start the day.

In 2014 we had gotten as far as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, where we started this walk,
with the River Avon spread out before us.

It was a totally different perspective, viewing it this time from atop the cliffs.

Lo and behold, as we walked along the fence, someone spied her:  The Matthew.
We had seen her in the Bristol harbor in 2014.  This time she was giving a local tour 
in that very moment!  If we had been there too early or too late...we would have missed her.
Coming, coming, gone.

It was our packed-lunch time...the ladies on one bench and the gents on another.
(Don't ask me how that happened...except that Lisl had packed the lunches for the gals.)

Then off we went, away from the river, to continue our walk.
What a motley crew (and, yes, I speak for myself).
It doesn't take much to make us happy, does it!

Look at these family estates in the Sneyd Park suburb on the fringe of Clifton Down.

At this point we crossed the street and continued down the Pitch and Pay Lane.
It's an interesting story about when Bristol was infested with the plague in the 17th century
and how the villagers/farmers quarantined themselves from being infected.

Did you see the church spire in that last collage?
It's the St. Mary Magdalen parish church of Stoke Bishop, from 1860, with spire added in 1872.

Sadly, it wasn't open, but we all had a good time outside, taking it all in.

Not far away was this adorable "hobbit-like" cottage.
How can you resist it?

Then it was along the Roman Way by the River Trym.
What kind of boat is that?  The Orange Submarine?

Did I mention that we walked and walked and walked?
Lots of chances to catch up on each other, in groups or two-by-two.

Over the river and through the woods!

And finally at the point when we'd see the Grand Finale of the day!

The Blaise Hamlet!

It's composed of 9 small cottages around a green...

with a sundial.
"It was built around 1811 for retired employees of Quaker Banker and Philanthropist
John Scandrett Harford who owned Blaise Castle House."

OMG!  What a way to end our long (almost 5 miles) walk.

Did I mention we picked up "conkers" along the way?
And then left them at the bus stop for the kids before heading back by bus to the train station.

Bristol Walk #2 is now under the belt!
Totally worth it, too.  THANK YOU, Lisl, for being our guide along the way.

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Lest I forget,
to all my American family and friends!