Ramblings

End of summer and a return to blogging

After two months of blogging I am back and ready to hit the blogosphere!

August and September proved to be busy months for us. We had friends visiting us from the UK for three weeks, so we took them to Jasper (Alberta), had days out and about and had fun just hanging out. This was followed by a spontaneous trip with my other half to Las Vegas (thankfully we had left the city a few days prior to the terrible events that unfolded last Sunday).

So, plenty of photos and stories to share from those summer adventures and I am still (yes, still!) working on photos from my earlier trip to London, as well as finalizing those taken on our trip to the Dominican Republic prior to that.

My last blog post was in August and was part of my London series. I am still in two minds on whether to continue with this series, or jump to the summer adventures and revisit London later. In any case, regular blogging has resumed!

View on the Icefields Parkway on our way to Jasper, Alberta.

 

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Baker Street Tube Station

This Tube Station has been photographed many times, and no doubt you will have seen it somewhere on your social media feeds (I know I have seen it a dozen or so times on Instagram and Pinterest).

I could not leave Baker Street without taking my own version of this often photographed station.

Baker Street Tube Station

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More streets

This street offers a view of the St Nicolai church in Hameln, Germany. A you can see, this was taken last autumn, and I think the yellow leaves really set of the old brickwork of the church very well.

View to the St Nicolai Church in Hameln, Germany

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Bückeburg Palace

The palace of Bückeburg is the residence of the princes of Schaumburg-Lippe in Lower Saxony. It’s history spans over 700 years and last October I visited this beautiful building for the first time, despite the fact that it is only an hours drive from where I was brought up (shame on me!).

Schloss (Palace) Bueckeburg

Schloss (Palace) Bückeburg

Bückeburg

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Gated

I found this gated little street on our day trip to Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, Germany in October last year. Wonder if the gate is locked; I never did try it!

Little gated street in Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, Germany

Little gated street in Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Happy New Year!

WordPress tells me that it has been 4 years since I started this blog – wow, where has the time gone? Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my insignificant rambles, thank you for liking and sharing my posts – it means a lot!

I wish you all a fantastic 2017!

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The Gift

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Colour

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Tumbling Worlds

Tumbling Worlds

Tumbling Worlds

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On your 18th Birthday – A message to our daughter

The bundle of joy that was 2 days late

The bundle of joy that was 2 days late

18 years ago today you came into our lives; you were long awaited, as we had tried for a baby for about 5 years and finally, after 17 1/2 hours of labour, there you were.

I remember my mother telling me that I would soon forget about the labour pains as the joy of having you would overtake the memory of the labour. Not true, if I ever tell you this, please refer back to this post; you will always remember the pain you go through to give birth to your child, but I can say that the memory, over time, grows dimmer each year!

You were the perfect little baby, when I say little I mean, smaller than a toddler, but bigger than the usual small bundle of joy; weighing in at 9lbs 6oz and being 20 1/2 inches long you were, let’s say, not petite. Thankfully we had not bought any tiny baby clothes (we must have known what was coming). However, you were our bundle of joy and we just could not stop staring at you. I remember the first night in hospital with you; I would doze off only to wake up suddenly and remember that you were there right next to me. I would check that you were breathing more times than would be considered normal and sleep was something I tried to evade (two weeks later no evading of sleep – I had learned by then!).

We were lucky, you were the perfect baby; you slept through the night from about 2 weeks onwards, hardly ever cried, slept through the hoovering, and kept us all entertained. Quite clearly you made up for all of this during your teenager years, as karma caught up with us and delivered this almost alien human being one day which claimed to be our daughter. The alien seems to have slowly disappeared over the past six months (thank heavens!).

You have put up with a lot during your young life, moving countries a few times, flying all over the world because your parents love to travel, living half of your life in Army Quarters and learning to cope with Dad leaving on a regular basis to do those mysterious Army things you didn’t quite understand. They say children are more resilient than we give them credit for, and you are one great example of that. You took it all in your stride and even when you were placed into Grade 5 in Canada, when all your friends in the UK moved to Year 6, you carried on trying to get to grips with a new country, new school, new people and figuring out your path in life.

You have given us so many laughs during these past 18 years, some headaches and heartaches as well, but I guess that all comes with the territory of being a parent. We are very proud of you and know that you will be a success.

Inevitably at this juncture parents have a list (usually a long one) of advise they impart on their young adults and I could follow suit by listing 50 items that I want you to know, but that isn’t really me any more. I will leave you with one piece of advise I wish I had learned myself when I was much younger, but alas have only really learned in the past 5 years or so: Always be true to yourself, never compromise on that!

Love you always,

Your Mum xxx

Not sure where 18 years went, but apparently she is now an adult!

Not sure where 18 years went, but apparently she is now an adult!

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