Monday, September 1, 2014

Bearded Iris

This Bearded Iris was growing in the streets of Giverny, on the way to Monet's Garden, visited in May this year.

Joining in with Flowers from Today
(Thank you Denise and the team for hosting)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Pink Dishrack

Spotted on Vancouver Island, BC, near Victoria.

(If you enlarge the image, you'll see the words "Pink Dishrack" below the "bay" window. 
As I was travelling solo and there seemed to be little activity in the region of this marina, I wasn't able to establish the name's significance - but thought the reflection worth taking!)

Joining in with other participants of James' Weekend Reflection

Wishing all a safe and happy weekend.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

England's Lake District

Back in early May, I spent a couple of days (way too short a time!) in the Lake District of England, based in a charming 17th Century BnB at Ayside where I was warmly greeted by the "locals", this was just a 10 minute drive from the southern edge of Lake Windemere.

This gorgeous mother and daughter team of Highland Laboradors were a delight with their enthusiastic welcomes

I so admire the patience and skill of those who built these iconic stone and slate boundaries centuries ago.

This brilliant blossom provided a blaze of colour as I made my way down to the ferry landing at Fell Foot

where I spotted this Black Headed Gull (their masking is actually chocolate brown in Summer - as was the case here)

and this was some of the surrounding scenery viewed from the ferry 
(I took a 3/4 hr round trip on Windemere)

Linking up with Outdoor Wednesday (and thank you Susan for hosting)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Great eatery !

(Thought I'd continue the Canadian experience) ....

In the City of Victoria, British Columbia, is a gem of an eating establishment - Pagliacci's - which I came upon after visiting the nearby Lens & Shutter store to get a new camera battery.

I couldn't resist taking a photo of the menu on the window, and although the quality of this next shot leaves much to be desired, happily the food didn't -
I chose "The Prawn Broker" and it was the most delicious meal I experienced during my 3 week stay.

The ambience and decor was fascinating - images on the warm timber walls reflecting faces and scenes from the 1920s and '30s - some more infamous than others!

Although I was a bit early for lunch, it wasn't long before the place filled with eager patrons.

If you find yourself anywhere near Victoria BC, I encourage you to track down this eatery for a delicious and delightful experience.

Linking up with others at Our World Tuesday

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blue on Blue

At the beginning of this year I was greatly blessed to have been invited to experience a house exchange to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. 

As I live in South AUSTRALIA and Canada had been on my travel wish list for more than 30 years, it will come as no surprise that I joyfully accepted the invitation!  It was a dream come true.

Below is one aspect of the view from the front garden of the property, which is situated adjacent to a couple of marinas and a bird sanctuary.

Behind these blue "doors", expensive yachts are moored

 Joining in with Blue Monday

(Thank you Sally, for hosting)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Green & Gold

This fish was happily swimming in the waters adjacent to Old Moreton Hall in Cheshire, UK

Do visit James' Weekend Reflection for more reflection images
(Thanks for the time and effort you put into hosting that site James)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This too will pass !

Thundery skies over the Marche region of Central Italy

To see other sky shots from around the world, visit Skywatch Friday

Monday, August 18, 2014

Musical Paree

The Paris Metro (underground train system) is an effective, efficient and affordable means of getting around Paris.  (The numerous stairs can be rather testing though on those of us who are unfit - 
especially when toting baggage: another reminder to travel light!)

One of the great and memorable experiences was hearing a group of musicians playing cool jazz in one of the many tunnels running between platforms and particular routes. It was a wonderfully welcoming sound and, regardless of the direction of your intended platform, one felt drawn to follow the source of the beat as it echoed around the tunnels!

On another day's outing, we came across this happy trio set up on a pedestrian bridge across the Seine, providing joyful entertainment for those out and about enjoying the sunshine.
The musicians seemed to be having as much fun as those listening to their talents.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Canoeing in Florence

Canoeing on the River Arno in Florence

Joining in with other reflections from around the world at

Evening Glow

The beautiful glow of early evening as the sun sets over Vancouver Island, British Columbia (and magnificent Mt Baker in the State of Washington, USA)

Linking up with Skywatch Friday

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