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mist on the River Liffey

I remember some years ago when living with my sister and her husband in Dublin, Ireland, they lived a short walk from the River Liffey. One of my favourite activities was to walk down to the river early morning or late evening to catch the sunrise or sunset. Always beautiful; mist on the River Liffey

early morning on the River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland

early morning on the River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland


September 2, 2017 Posted by | family, photography, places that I've been, sunrise, travel | , , , | 1 Comment

A portal through time

Temple Church is like a portal through time….

A couple of months ago my daughter, my sister and I spent a day in London, meandering the streets, visiting awesome places, going on a lunch cruise and visiting the 72nd floor of The Shard to see the sunset. On our meanderings, we visited Temple and Temple Church. The history of this place is beyond phenomenal. With links to the Crusades, the Magna Carta, the Great Fire of London, WW1 and WW2, and let us not forget The Da Vinci Code 😉 You feel that if only you could tear back the fabric of time, you would be able to experience these events and so much more between.

walking through history

Temple Church, City of London

November 4, 2016 Posted by | family, london, my life, places that I've been | , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Pumpkin

So yesterday I carved my very first Halloween Pumpkin! It’s taken 61 odd years….but hey, who’s counting right!! LOL My daughter was impressed, her boyfriend was impressed, and frankly I’m just a tiny bit impressed myself. It’s not great work of art….but I carved it! 😉

happy halloween

carving a Halloween pumpkin

November 1, 2016 Posted by | family, holidays, my life, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

A family visit

My sister has recently ‘moved’ to the UK to work and live…or live and work depending on which day it is 😉

One of her daughters, who lives in Abu Dhabi along with her hubby and son, paid a visit to England to see London, Liverpool and of course Broadstairs, with a side trip to Sevenoaks.

Unfortunately I was working over the time they were here, but they made a special trip to Sevenoaks to say hello……


from left to right…Ryan, Riaan, Cheri and my sister Sue


October 6, 2016 Posted by | family, my life, travel | , | Leave a comment

the old folks at home…..

My daughter’s grandparents are two of the sweetest people I know. We are going home in June to see them again.  This photo was taken in 2008 and so much has changed since then. 

Alan and Dixie - beloved parents and grandparents

 Whenever I think of the folks it always reminds me of a song we used to sing in school…..many years ago!!!   I always loved Stephen Foster’s songs and this was one of my favourites.

Old Folks at Home  
Way down upon de Swanee ribber,
Far, far away,
Dere’s wha my heart is turning ebber,
Dere’s wha de old folks stay.
All up and down de whole creation,
Sadly I roam,
Still longing for de old plantation,
And for de old folks at home.

[Chorus] All de world am sad and dreary,
Ebry where I roam,
Oh! darkeys how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home.

[Solo] All round de little farm I wandered
When I was young,
Den many happy days I squandered,
Many de songs I sung.
When I was playing wid my brudder
Happy was I –.
Oh! take me to my kind old mudder,
Dere let me live and die.

[Chorus] All de world am sad and dreary,
Ebry where I roam,
Oh! darkeys how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home.

One little hut among de bushes,
One dat I love,
Still sadly to my mem’ry rushes,
No matter where I rove
When will I see de bees a humming
30 All round de comb?
When will I hear de banjo tumming
Down in my good old home?

[Chorus] All de world am sad and dreary,
Ebry where I roam,
Oh! darkeys how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home

Stephen C. Foster
written 1851

May 8, 2011 Posted by | family, photography | , | Leave a comment