My Captured Moment!

I have changed My Captured Moment this week.

The pictures are blurry – sorry it was a long time ago.

Paris : August 2005

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Eiffel Tower

We had a great week or so in Paris.

We had been to Disneyland Paris and then spent the rest of the time exploring the city.

The youngest told a metro car full of people that the Eiffel Tower has spoken to her (I told you about her imagination last week ha!). Girls

L’Arc de Triomphe 

Moments after this picture was taken, a van got stuck entering the tunnel under the Champs Elysees.

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Pompidou Centre.

Then himself, second from right with a big stick, got chosen to be part of the street entertainment outside the Pompidou Centre.

That was very funny indeed!

We had a very eventful visit, for all the right reasons and, this is how I am choosing to remember this beautiful city.

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Thank you Heledd for hosting x

Have a lovely day!

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Five on Friday!

Hello my lovelies, I seem to have stumbled into Friday!

I missed last week because I was away for work in San Francisco.

I’ve no idea if it’s a great city or not because I barely stepped foot outside the hotel, it was pretty full on.

I have been fighting severe jet lag ever since, especially given that we got caught up in the fog delays at Heathrow airport.

Here are my Five on Friday in no particular order.

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I did get to cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the only chilly, foggy day of my entire stay.

It was a beautiful sight as the fog descended before our very eyes.

There were some spectaculars photographs taken but obviously not by me ha! I was too cold cold to get my phone out again!

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On a spectacularly beautiful day, I got to the door of the Ferry Building to be called back to the hotel by my boss.

This picture is totally unfiltered, the sky was that beautiful shade for most of my visit.

I never did make it inside and for a bit of a foodie like me, I am afraid that it might end up being one of the biggest regrets of my life that I never got to see it.

Or maybe not, because we have just heard that the eldest may be going out that way to work next summer.

So maybe I will get to walk aimlessly around the ferry building one day!!

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I also didn’t get to ride the tram or trolley car.

But I did see them and they all looked fab.

There seemed to plenty of modes of transport in San Fran!

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The eldest requested that I purchased some make up for her and that was literally all I had time to run and buy.

This is the holiday edition packaging, isn’t it beautiful?

Five

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Comfort food has definitely been needed since my return.

Himself has obliged and looked the Minestrone Soup Eastham style up on the blog yesterday.

He made it for a quick bonfire night dinner.

It was delicious and he was delighted with the results.

It really is so quick and easy, something magical happens to the ingredients when they are in the slow cooker.  It was perfect for bonfire night.

That’s my five for this week. We are planning a quiet weekend with plenty of down time after school mass on Saturday.

What have you been up to?

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Thank you Amy for hosting!

Have a lovely weekend y’all x x x

My Monday Quote-I’m a wandering!

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By J.R.R.Tolkien

Sometimes those that wander do so for work!

I guess this is my clumsy way of explaining that I maybe missing quite a bit this week.

I’m  about to travel for work and believe me, it really isn’t the same as going on holiday with your nearest and dearest.

The youngest is on half term, himself will be in sole charge!

Given that the schedule is quite daunting, coupled with jet lag and the unknown, I doubt I will get to post much again this week.

Hopefully, at some point I will get some pictures of San Francisco to share with you.

Take Care x x x

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My Captured Moment – A surprise visitor!

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October 2013

This week My Captured Moment was taken in Blue Spring State Park, Florida.

It is a fuzzy image of our girls but that doesn’t really matter, actually it’s probably better, given that they are in their swimsuits.

However, I think you can make out  the image of the MANATEE that is next to them.

We had been enjoying a quiet day of down time after the madness that is Orlando,.

The girls were swimming in the spring, when this Manatee appeared and joined them.

Word must have spread like wild-fire around the park because the landing, where I was standing to take the picture, became very crowded, very quickly.

There must be many pictures of them in cameras all over the world and they were relentlessly questioned from the sidelines.

The Manatee was in no rush to leave, the amazing encounter only came to an end when the eldest eventually tired, and had to get out.

It was such a magical day, in beautiful, natural surroundings in the peaceful Floridan countryside.

Such a lovely change from the manic, materialistic whirl of the theme parks.

There is so much more to Florida if you get out of Orlando and explore.

It still rates as one of the best days of that holiday and it cost the princely sum of $6 to park!!

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Have a lovely day!

A postcard from Dubai!

I might have mentioned that himself and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary this summer.

Instead of buying each other expensive presents, we decided to snag a cheeky week away, on our own, sans children.

It was to be the first break away on our own in 20 years. In my mind we were rehearsing for our retirement, therefore if it didn’t work out, there was till time to do something about it ha!

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We stayed in a lovely hotel next to the Marina and with hindsight, we probably couldn’t have chosen anywhere better.

It was perfect for exploring and about a 10 minute walk to the beach.

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We went to the malls.

This waterfall was at one end of the Mall of The Emirates.

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While this fashion show was occurring at the other end.

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Then there was a shark in the tank at The Dubai Mall.

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There was the world’s tallest building.

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Dancing fountains!

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Boat trips across the Abra after exploring the gold and spice souks.

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Boat and monorail trips along and around The Palm Jumeirah.

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We enjoyed our stay but whilst I wouldn’t be upset if I had to go again, say for work, I wouldn’t go back on holiday.

I felt we well and truly ‘did’ Dubai. We found our own way around and made use of the fantastic metro system, water transport and trams.

We had a great break. However, I found it a very materialistic city and it felt like a very clean, well organised but souless destination.

I know I couldn’t live there, not even for the sunshine.

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I loved the Marina but it made me miss walking Jack beside the River Mersey.

Sometimes, it takes a trip like this to make you realise that actually there really is no place like home.

And our retirement?

Well I don’t think it is actually going to be that bad, I have decided to keep himself. I call that a win win ha!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you realise that you are right where you should be?

Have a lovely day!

 

I am dreaming of …….

Can it really be Friday already?

This week has been a bit odd here in The Glade, Ms Glade went to Rome on Monday, just as the youngest returned to school.

Then I mostly been thinking about …………….

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Books to read.

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Dresses to wear.image

Scarves, in pretty colours.

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My favourite summer bag and make up.

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And beaches!!

Ah what is this foolishness I hear you ask?

Well, Himself and I are leaving the changing season behind and heading for the desert on Saturday.

We are going to Dubai.

We have a week of relaxing planned , doing what we want, when we want!

I had planned to blog when I went to Spain, but the internet wasn’t great. Therefore, I am planning to take the whole week off, so by avoiding the frantic searching for wifi.

That said, don’t be surprised when I still pop by and leave comments, because quite frankly I’m addicted and don’t want to miss too much ha!

If burglar Bill is reading this, I don’t think he follows me, but just in case, it won’t be worth visiting The Glade, because the house will be occupied and Jack, that fearsome black lab, will be in residence at all times ha!

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Have a wonderful week x x x

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Thank you Amy for hosting x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Captured Moment! #22

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August 2008

I am taking full advantage of the eldest being away in Rome by popping this picture of her onto my post today.

We had a great week in London in the summer of 2008. We did all the tourist attractions and were really lucky with the weather.

We visited attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, the Museum of Childhood.

We took tea on Oxford Street and saw The Sound Of Music in the West End.

We watched the ‘Changing of the Guard’ outside Buckingham Palace and picnicked in most of the Royal Parks.

This picture was taken in The Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Palace Gardens.

‘Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the playground encourages children to explore and follow their imaginations, learning whilst they play’.

This was supposed to be a pit stop, but it was quite early in the morning and not nearly as busy as we expected –  so we lingered!

The eldest helped the youngest with ladders, swings and climbing frames.

It is a brilliant place to visit.

This picture always makes me smile at the memories we made that week.

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Have a lovely day!