Friday, 17 July 2015

Saying goodbye to San Francisco

Though...actually.....going on one of their famous cable cars was one of the first things we did....very early on our first full day....our body clocks still on UK time we woke at some ungodly hour....the first cable car stop was just round the corner from our hotel.....and we were there....on a very chilly morning [who knew San Francisco could be colder than London!!!]......waiting for one of the first cable cars to take us down to Fishermans Wharf. 
It was an interesting start to our holiday.......the conductor had a row with a passenger who refused to show a ticket or buy one.....we quickly realised from their heated conversation that this was an ongoing battle......he called for an inspector.....who arrived 10 minutes later.....and the passenger immediately produced a ticket....the inspector had a calm,but firm,talk with her before we set off!!!! 
We were in no hurry.....so just enjoyed the three way exchange.....and the conductor's ongoing grumbles.......and the woman's mutterings......throughout the journey.
We did alright out of it.....the conductor apologised to us for all the delays.....and waived payment!!!
[I'm not sure whether to put this story on the front of the page.....or hidden on the back.]
We were certainly ready for a big breakfast of American pancakes.......before starting a city tour on the hop-on-hop-off bus.
Thia will probably be my last San Francisco page......I've plenty more photos.....but I think they will go into the album in divided page protectors.....so now to move onto Hawaii.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"

As a child of the sixties 'flower power' and hippies were a big influence on my childhood......sadly the peace and love vibe didn't last long.....and seems to be in particularly short supply today......as tourists lie dead on a Tunisian beach.....and Europe prepares to sell Greece down the river.
But when visiting San Francisco Haight Ashbury was somewhere we were drawn to visit.....a mecca for middle aged tourists reliving their hippy past,no doubt.....but fun to see all the same.
I remember that song playing over and over again on the radio......and it seemed apt to include it on the page.......along with bright colours and flowers.....lots and lots of layered flowers......and a bit of 'heart' journaling.
Let's hope the peace and love vibe returns sometime soon.

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 Gardens......it 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 part....it 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 racing.....my OH is a great motor and bike racing fan......more or less the only sports he watches.....either live or on TV.....so 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 those.....so 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 right....so 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'.....love the retro feel to it.....it'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 pad......plus 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 sunset.....it 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
Perfect

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 buffet.....live 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 evening....as did the rest of us.....not so sure about the taxi ride back to our hotel.....as 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!!