Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Today was the day....

that the bedroom fan was on all night.....that you could feel the heaviness of the air......that it was actually hard to breathe......that the washing dried in less than 2 hours.....that the garden wilted......that opening the doors and windows just made the house hotter.....that our sun worshipping dog avoided the sun.....that ice cream and iced water was obligatory......that there was absolutely no respite....that the temperature hit 33 degrees celsius ......that I wondered why we don't have air conditioning at home [though the answer to that is obvious!!]

and I know that for some of you this is normal summer weather....but it sure ain't normal here [thank goodness]......and definately not during Wimbledon when rain is almost guaranteed.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Celebrating another birthday

They seem to come around very quickly these days!!!!! As everyone apart from me [yay!!!] is at work today......we went out for a family Sunday lunch at the pub to celebrate my birthday yesterday.

Some people were determined to do it all by themselves 
Some people just wanted to mess around
But everyone had a delicious meal.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Japanese Tea Gardens

We love Japanese style gardens so while in Golden Gate Park we decided to pay to go into their Japanese Tea was worth the cost.....although quite small the garden was so beautiful....and even with quite a few people in there it still managed to feel very tranquil.
We wandered round for ages......but didn't actually have any tea as neither of us are very keen on green tea!!
I've only made one page....but all the other photos will go in page protectors alongside this page.
Here's a few of them.

It was all just stunning.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Golden Gate Park

During our trip to San Francisco........after spending a great morning with Rinda.......she dropped us off in Golden Gate Park.....the girls wanted to go in the Science Museum but OH and myself decided we'd rather spend the afternoon wandering round the park as we had limited time and the museum was extremely expensive [sadly].The girls loved it though.
The park is pretty vast,amazingly lush and has lots of different areas and venues to explore......we only had time for a very small seems amazing that it was once nothing more than windswept sand dunes. It does seem a shame that many things in the park require paying to enter.We did find the Botanical Gardens rather small and disappointing after paying to get into them.......the Japanese Tea Gardens,on the other hand, were worth the charge and I've made a separate page about them.
We would have liked to spend longer exploring the park......but we did also get a trip round it on the hop-on-hop-off bus the following day en route to another part of town.....which gave us a good perspective of just how large and varied it is.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Thinking of the dads

This Sunday is Fathers Day.....just the time to be thinking about making cards for men.....something I don't do that often......but I had some 'bits and pieces' that had come with a magazine......not quite the type of 'bits' that I normally use.....but it seemed like a good time to try and put them to use!!
There was also enough of them to make quite a few cards......about 4 sets in all.....all sports related.
The first set are based on motor OH is a great motor and bike racing fan......more or less the only sports he watches.....either live or on I think my girls may be grabbing these.
I quite like the way that they've turned out.
The second set are for golfers.....I know a few of hopefully the cards can all be put to good use....they certainly aren't the type of card that I usually make.....but they were quick and simple.....and I think that they've turned out okay.
Waste not....want not!!!
Thought I might enter some challenges for a change.
Crafty Cardmakers, Come and Get It and Creative Inspirations want 'for a man'
Dream Valley Challenges, 4CraftyChicks and Cardz4Guys want 'Fathers Day'

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Staying with Home Sweet Home

Once I'd actually cut into my Graphic 45 'Home Sweet Home' papers I was inspired to keep going with the cardmaking. 
Graphic 45 is always a problem because I want to use both sides of most of the lovely papers....I sort of wish that it wasn't double sided at all!!!
I added a few flowers to the first one.......and wanted to add some to the second one.....but none looked gave up on that idea!
It's probably 'florally' enough!!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Home Sweet Home

I'm a great lover of Graphic 45 for cardmaking.....though I always find it very difficult to actually cut into the beautiful papers....and couldn't resist 'Home Sweet Home' the retro feel to's been sitting around being admired for long enough......time to start cutting it up!!!!
Most paper pads need additional supplies added.......not Graphic 45....... these cards were made just using papers from the a couple of pieces of plain card.
Quite a bit of layering.......but they are still fairly 'flat' cards.....though possibly not flat enough for the iniquitous British postal system!!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Golden Gate Bridge at sunset

Our evening cruise round the San Francisco bay took us under Golden Gate Bridge at looked stunning as the sun set behind it....and the girls were just so excited.
I made this page fairly plain as I wanted the photos to take centre stage.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

One photo and 20 words- a medieval Sunday

Linking up with Abi and her lovely 'one photo and 20 words' meme today.
Walking through the park on a beautiful Sunday
stopping to watch a medieval battle
before lunch in the sun

Monday, 8 June 2015

Cruising San Francisco Bay

While we were in San Francisco it was C's 25th birthday......DD1 had booked a sunset cruise under Golden Gate Bridge and around San Francisco Bay as a birthday surprise for her.  To our surprise there were very few people on the boat which made it a very pleasant experience......not to mention far easier to take photos
The cruise lasted about 2 hours and took us all round the bay including going under Golden Gate Bridge at sunset [I've made a separate page for that]......we had a very nice music......and chatted to people of various nationalities.....including an American couple who wanted to know all about our National Health Service!!
C loved the did the rest of us.....not so sure about the taxi ride back to our the driver decided we needed to experience some of the steepest hills in San Francisco.....which was a bit like going on a roller coaster ride!!

Friday, 5 June 2015

A bit of the 50s....American style.

DD1 loves 50s style......she has quite a few 50s style she was delighted when we found a 50s style diner [ Lori's Diner] near our hotel in San was full of fascinating memorabilia and looked pretty cool to us tourists!! We'd highly recommend it.
The food was reasonably priced for San Francisco.....which we found quite expensive for eating out generally......and was very good.....with fast and friendly service.....we loved it. In fact we became a bit addicted to pancakes for breakfast during our vacation......something we never normally have. 
I dug out some retro style papers and embellishments......and feel that they compliment the photos pretty well.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Cheesecake anyone?

Before we ever went to the USA a friend of DD1 had given her a menu from The Cheesecake Factory......I decided not to ask how she had managed to walk out of the restaurant with such a massive visiting one was apparently a 'must do'.......we didn't have to wait long as Maceys in San Francisco had one at the top of the building.
DD1 and I both love peanut butter......we had already discovered that you can buy almost anything with added peanut butter in the USA......unlike over for us the choice was simple.....peanut butter and chocolate flavour......they were delicious and enormous.....we couldn't finish them......even though they were our entire lunch......luckily they give you plastic containers to take the remnants away with you!!!!
We decided it might be dangerous to our health to go again during our visit!