Monday, 25 July 2016

A QUIET HAVEN, ART IN THE SQUARE MILE AND CITY DRINKING ............




Within the square mile in the City of London, not a stones throw from The Gherkin, is a quiet little hamlet. When you saunter along the peaceful little streets, you would be forgiven in thinking that you were in a small English village.



Old and new sit happily side by side .....



The church of St Helen's of Bishopsgate dates from the 12th century and was the parish church of William Shakespeare when he lived in the area in the 1590's.






Sculpture in the City is now in it's 6th year and transforms the Square Mile with open air contemporary sculptures set in and around architectural landmarks.



We went last year and saw, amongst others, Ai Weiwei's bicycles ' Forever ' ,



Laura Ford's Cats 1 & 2 were there which we also saw when we went to visit Strawberry Hill.



Sigalit Landau's ' Shoes '


..... and Damien Hirst's ' Charity '



If you're ever in the Square Mile on a summer's day, the pubs are full .....





..... everyone enjoying a drink in the late afternoon sunshine.




Just a quick word about blogging ..... when I started blogging in 2009, I gradually started to accumulate followers, building up to nearly 2, 000. Blogger then decided to get rid of a few hundred, which was OK but, I now seem to lose followers rather than gain any !! Should I take this as a sign to stop blogging  or is this just the way of the blogging world now ? I think that many have moved on to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. 
The world of social media seems very fickle and moves at a fast pace ......... c'est la vie !!!!!!


XXXX 




images 1 - 9 & 12 - 15: via me, image 10: via it's nice that, image 11: via suzidepingu, image 16: via david jones 


Jackie

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

FAMILY, FOOD and TENNIS ..........


Have been staying with my sister .....



 ..... while our husbands gallivanted around France in the Morgan !! 



They did bring home some globe artichokes ..... yum ..... and, while they were away, stuffing themselves with all things deliciously French, we stuffed ourselves with lobster tails, brown shrimps and asparagus !!!! Anything they can do, we can do better !!!!



Am now stuck to the sofa watching Wimbledon ..... strawberries and cream anyone ?!!

........................

It's a hard life !!!!!


XXXX









images 1 & 2: via me. image 3: via smashing online


Jackie

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A SHORT HIATUS ..........



Sorry for the brief hiatus .....




Our son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren are here, as they are having lots of building work done at their house ..... and we have been having fun with these little rascals !!!


XXXX



Jackie

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

IT'S BUCKETING DOWN ..........



England is famous for having lots of rain. In fact, many countries have far more rain than we do but people still have an image of the UK as a very wet place. We haven't had much rain for a while  .....

BUT .....

today we are living up to our reputation !! 

It is coming down in stair rods ..... it's freezing cold, the wind is blowing a gale and it's like Winter !!!





I cleaned my knobs and knockers and I got soaked ..... the wind driving the rain into the porch and it looks like an Autumn day .... leaves have been blown everywhere and my David Austin St Swithun rose and Clematis 'Marie Boisselot'   have been blown to bits !!



Our conservatory was leaking { it doesn't look quite as bad as the one above though !! } and I think, because of the wind direction, rain was coming in the extractor fan over the hob in the kitchen ...... it's never done that before !!



Still, you've got to laugh ..... none of it's the end of the world is it ?




The weather is meant to improve next week ..... I hope so. There is much to do in the garden.




Here's hoping that your weather is a whole lot better than ours.


XXXX






image 1 & 2: via margadirube, image 3: mine, image 4: via pinterest, image 5: via zsa zsa bellagio, image 6: via lost in the moment, image 7: via tumblr, video via youtube

Jackie

Monday, 9 May 2016

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS ..... and a joke !! .....


Blogging inspiration has eluded me of late ......


..... and, I have suffered a series of unfortunate events .....


First, two GINORMOUS cold sores appeared on my top lip ..... very attractive .....


..... then, my parotid salivary gland was blocked and swelled to GINORMOUS proportions !! ..... even more attractive .....


and then, after, smashing my foot against the skirting board, giving me three bruised toes, I got a touch of sciatica .....


..... and then, as a final insult, I sprained my ankle, turning it over and falling down the garden steps. I now can't walk on it, I can't drive and my foot is the colour of a rainbow !!!!
SO .....
glass half full positively brimming over and, ever the optimist .....

here's the joke :



Late in the night, he finally regained consciousness.
He was in the hospital, in terrible pain.
 
He found himself in the ICU with tubes in his mouth, needles and IV drips in both arms,
a breathing mask, wires monitoring every function, and a nurse hovering over him.
He realised that he was obviously in a life- threatening situation.
 
The nurse gave him a serious, deep look, straight into his eyes, then spoke to him slowly
and clearly, enunciating each word and syllable, "You may not feel anything from the waist down."

Somehow he managed to mumble in reply,
"Can I feel your boobs, then?"
 
AND THAT, MY FRIEND, IS AN OPTIMIST!!






SORRY !!






image 1: via pinterest, images 2 & 5: via livestrong, image 3: via new health advisor, image 4: via mirror, image 6: via bloglovin

Jackie

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

PASTASCIUTTA ..........


Pastasciutta is the Italian word for the countless, delicious pasta and sauce dishes that Neapolitans love so much.....



..... and I absolutely love it too !!!!



I could eat it everyday but restrict it to once a week .



I'm afraid that I never make my own pasta but that's not laziness .... I actually prefer dried pasta to fresh but .....




but, if Natalio here would like to come round and persuade me otherwise and give me a few lessons ..... !!!!!!!!



I read somewhere that Italians only make pasta for special occasions but perhaps my Italian blogging friend Maria who comments here can tell us if that's true or not.




I really don't mind what sauce is on it ..... it can be a simple fresh tomato sauce, primavera, vongole, bolognaise, lemon artichoke, cheese, alfredo, puttanesca, carbonara ..... whatever it is, I'll eat it !!!! My trouble is, I always cook enough pasta to feed the entire street !! ...... and, it's usually quicker to make a pasta sauce than to order a take-away.





caramelised onion and roasted garlic .........



garlic butter with spinach and Parmesan .....



You can even have brussel sprouts on it !!!!!!





I also love fish but that's another story !!!!

What's your favourite pasta sauce or favourite food ?


.....








image 1: via nicole herriott, image 2 & 4: via pinterest, image 3: via lostragaldabas, image 5: via elignatalie, image 6: via daily dose of stuf, image 7: via bon appetite magazine, image 8: via nina wedding planner, image 9: via quotes gram, image 10: via two red bowls, image 11: via naturally ella, image 12: via christina lane, image 13: via that one mum


Jackie