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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Birds of Spring

It's Mosaic Monday over at Mary's Little Red House and so I'm joining her again.....please pop on over.

 I've been having a complete and utter blogging block for the last few weeks or so....don't know what the problem is but hope to get back into posting more often very soon.

These mosaics are composed of free photos that I found on the internet and thought they would be perfect for spring.
Have a great week and thanks for looking.
Thank you for taking the time to makes me smile.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Spring Wildflowers

Since Saturday was the Vernal Equiniox, which marks the end of winter and the beginning of warmer and longer days, and since many of my blogging friends have had a severe winter, I decided to bring some beautiful spring color into my Mosaic Monday.
I'm joining Mary over at Little Red House ....please give all the wonderful participants a look.

Although I would love to take all the credit for these beautiful photos, I have to admit that I got them all from Flickr.
I have done some photo editing and added some focal zoom and of course, the frames.

Thank you for stopping by.
I always look forward to your lovely comments.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Table Top Tuesday: Kitchen Vignette

I'm joining Marty over at A Stroll Through Life for her Table Top Tuesday
Please hop on over and take a look at all the other interesting Table Top Tuesday participants.
The blue and white pitchers are Polish stoneware that we purchased in Poland on a
trip a few years back.
I can't tell you how many times various people have picked up the vase that's on it's side and sat it upright.....everyone thinks it fell over!
I caught this shot with the sun shining through the window and thought it was interesting.

I've had this bunny plaque for over 10 years and have always had him in the kitchen......and I LOVE him.
Thanks you for looking in and all of your comments are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mosaic Monday: More Spring Flowers

Well, here it is another Mosaic Monday over at Mary's Little Red House.
Please take a look at  what all the other wonderful participants have in store for you.
A few photos of my flowers that I've taken over the past several years.....I have grown all these flowers except for the pink roses bouquet and the mixed flowers bouquet.  Both of them were Mother's Day bouquets in the past.

Thank you for stopping by.
Your sweet comments are music to my ears.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: Spring Flowers

After all the rain we've had this winter, we have having a bumper crop of beautiful blooming flowers.
Today I decided to go outside and photograph some of the vibrant color where we live.
These photos are of the what we call our "back hill", which is right below us....I see this every day that I go outside and sit on the patio.

A close up of the "ice plant".
A view from the front porch.

I'm joining Cindy over at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday.....please pop on over and take a look at all the participants.
Thank you for looking in .....I always look forward to your lovely comments.
Have an enjoyable weekend!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Table Top Tuesday

I'm joining Marty over at A Stroll through Life for her weekly meme called Table Top Tuesday....please take a look at all the other interesting participants.



Here is a closer look at my vintage photos in the cloche.
The larger photo is hubby's grandmother and the smaller photo is her mother....his great grandmother.  The little photo peeking out of the antique shoe is hubby in high school and playing football.

This clock belonged to the Grandmother in the photo.

These pair of antique shoes belonged to a dear cousin.

A closer look at the other side of the table scape.

Thank you for looking in and please take the time to leave me a comment, if you will.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Canterbury Cathedral

For this week's Mosaic Monday I'd like to show you some of my photos from the Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent,UK. taken about 2 years ago.

St. Augustine was sent by Pope Gregory the Great in 597 as a missionary to the Anglo-Saxons.
Augustine  then founded the cathedral in 602.
 One of  the most pivotal points in the history of the Cathedral was the murder of Thomas Becket in December of 1170 by the knights of Henry II.
Henry had frequent disagreements with Archbishop Becket and as the story goes, was said to have exclaimed in frustration "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?"
Henry's knights took it seriously and murdered Becket in his own cathedral.
Of course, Hollywood had to put it's own spin on the story and in 1964 the movie "Becket"  previewed with Richard Burton as Becket and Peter O'Toole as Henry II.


 Thanks for joining me for Mosaic Monday, I hope you enjoyed my history lesson.....please hop on over to Mary's at Little Red House to view all the great mosaics.
As always, you comments are dear to my heart. 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ancient Cemeteries and Genealogy

Today I'm joining Chari over at Happy to Design for her interesting meme.....Sunday Favorites.
This is a repost of a favorite from August of 2009 that has been buried under newer posts and one that maybe you haven't seen.
Please pop on over to Happy to Design to see all Chari's  interesting participants.

As I have posted previously, I am extremely interested in our family history and genealogy.
After joining an ancestry website and doing some investigating I've found many of my hubby's family when they first arrived in this country....well, it wasn't America yet, it was the "Colonies".
This man, David James (1660-1739) would be my hubby's paternal 6th great grandfather (that means 9 generations ago) and he came to the colonies seeking religious freedom as he was a Quaker.
He and his wife and new born child (hubby's 5th great grandfather) arrived from Wales in Oct 1682, on board the ship "Bristol Factor".
David James was given "city lots" in 1683 or 1684 but eventually settled in Radnor, PA.
David James name is on the map of the State House grounds on Chestnut St. in Philadelphia.
After finding some of these people I became interested in finding out where they were buried and from there is was a short jump to going to ancient burying grounds or searching them out on the internet.
The above photos are of the church grounds and the headstone where David James is buried....this cemetery is near the Valley Forge Campground where General Washington and his troops wintered during the Revolutionary War.
Some people feel that this is a bit macabre but I am always excited to come across a new cemetery find.

Thanks for visiting (or re-visiting) always, I look forward to reading your comments.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday: Amsterdam

Since I have taken boatloads of photos from our various trips in the last few years, I thought I would share some of them with you on this Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan over at 
A Southern Daydreamer.
Please give all the wonderful participants a look.
The Amsterdam flower market.



One of the many canals in Amsterdam


This is a park across the street from the hotel where we stayed.

These are some of the tulips we purchased while in Amsterdam.....growing in my front yard.

I certainly would like to take credit for the two flower market photos that aren't watermarked, but I found them online and don't remember where.....thought you might enjoy them anyway.

Thanks for looking in......I always look forward to your lovely comments.