Thursday, 25 October 2012

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

"This month it is all about breaking out of your comfort zone and trying out some non-traditional color schemes for a holiday card or tag!"

Having just got back from holiday I didn't have a lot of time to get my card done for this month's blog hop so I went with a clean and simple design using these colours - so pretty to look at but I found it hard to put the turquoise in!

I used this layout from  Maile Belles from her October release projects with the Bells & Boughs stamp set and matching dies.  I think this will be good to mass produce and change the colours up a bit for variety.

Thanks as always for stopping by today!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Anniversary Trip

It has taken me an age to get this post in order but I wanted to share what a fantastic trip Paul and I had for our 25th wedding anniversary to New York and Boston.
It all started with our gorgeous daughter giving us two of her free flights on Virgin Atlantic and we were very happy to have an up-grade to business class!
We had three nights in New York and I got to see all the places I had dreamt of! 
My favourite building was the very pretty Chrysler Building - so shiny in the blazing heat .....
We had to go to Central Park which I will always remember as the place where I lost my expensive glasses and had to spend the next few days wearing prescription sunglasses  day and night until I could get a new pair made up and sent on to Boston by UPS (who then lost them!)  It's not so cool wearing sunglasses to read menus when you aren't a celeb.
We had a great trip out to Liberty Island on the ferry and then on to Ellis Island  - the heatwave hit the city that day and it was such a relief to be out on the water.  Paul has edited out the  tower cranes from around the statue as the platform was being refurbished when we visited.
I like this one of Paul and I with  the city and the new building at Ground Zero so high in the background.
It is so hard to get a picture of the Empire State Building from down below - Paul got into trouble at the top in the viewing area for trying to get his head and camera out of the railings to take pictures of the view from the top!
Leaving Times Square behind we drove up to Woonsocket in Rhode island which is just on the boarder  with Massachusetts.  We stayed in this gorgeous heritage bed and breakfast called The Pillsbury House for 6 nights.
Woonsocket was a great base to see both States - we started off in Boston and loved every step of the Freedom Trail that we walked - our guide book said it would take 90 minutes but we managed all day with so many stops for cold drinks and photographs.  A few favourites were Quincy Market .....
The Old State House of 1713 .....
North Bridge in Minute Man National Historical Park ...
and a little memorial at the bridge commemorating the British troops that fell there....
and finally a must to for me in Concord - Orchard House - the house of Louisa May Alcott and her family, a fascinating look at how she lived and where she wrote.
When we got back from our jollies my Mum and Dad  held a champagne tea party in their garden to celebrate our special anniversary

And do take a look at the beautiful cake that my dear friend Pam made for us - check out the stunning peony flowers which she created!

If you made it this far - thanks for indulging me!