Pull Up A Seat And Enjoy

For XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ this week, I’ve chosen seating for welcome refreshments.

Afternoon tea was very welcome when we visited my Mom-in-law the week before her 106th birthday.

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Hubby enjoying his morning coffee out on the balcony at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Our daughter had treated us to a night’s stay there for Father’s Day.

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The locals enjoying the outside eateries in Xi’an,

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Mint tea being served to the tourists in a house just outside Marrakech.

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To join in XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’, Just click the link.

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Photo For the Week: China

Bren over at Ryan Photography blog has a ‘Photo For the Week’ challenge and the topic for this week is China.

Here is my photo of the Li River taken on an early morning  cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo.

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

Know What I Did this Summer?

It’s good to be home again after our summer meanderings. No sooner had we returned from South Africa and England, than we were off on a road trip up to New Jersey to visit our family. There was just enough time to get the laundry done and for hubby to hurriedly tidy up the patio area which had become a bit weedy during the six weeks we were away. Several orchids were in bloom, which was a lovely welcoming sight.

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Our son was taking the last week of the school holidays off work and as he had a business meeting in Virginia on the Thursday before, suggested that it would be nice if we travelled up earlier than we’d planned, picking him up on the way so that we could have him all to ourselves on the five hour drive home. We of course jumped at the opportunity and were soon on our merry way. It’s just over twelve hundred miles from door to door, so we made two overnight stopovers, the first in Port Wentworth GA, known as ‘Savannah’s Front Porch’ and the second night in Fredericksburg VA, very handy for meeting up with him in Middleburg the following lunchtime.

In St. Augustine we stopped to buy some novelties for the three grandchildren, a pretty shell-covered trinket box for each of the girls and a real alligator head for Max. He was over the moon with it, but his mom seemed less than enthusiastic to keep finding it on her kitchen top and absolutely banned it from the dining table. She should just thank her lucky stars that the big alligator wasn’t for sale.

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On the second day, at South Of The Border, we made our usual stop for Quesadillas and Chimichangas at Pedro’s restaurant.

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Our son and daughter-in-law had organised tickets to an afternoon matinee on Broadway to see Aladdin, which was a real highlight for us all.

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The family are all taking tennis lessons, so of course we had to go to the first day of the US Tennis Open. It was a really hot day, with very little shade and hordes of people with the same idea, but once we’d managed to get in, we enjoyed watching a few opening games. Thankfully I’d had the forethought to put sunscreen on, but hubby who is very anti-cream, got his knees and arms rather burnt.

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A visit to the Metropolitan Art Museum the following day, had us all marvelling at the wonderful exhibits displayed there.

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My personal favourite was this exquisite 1923 Tiffany window, titled ‘Autumn Landscape’ made solely from leaded Favrile glass with no paint added.

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After being there for a week, we decided to leave for home a couple of days early because of the Dorian hurricane forecast which at that time included Florida in its path and we did the journey in two days instead of three. The last day was quite grueling, especially for hubby who did all the driving, but we had this friendly-looking cloud creature to cheer us on our way.

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It was, as always a relief to get home again, and even more of a relief when Dorian didn’t visit our area at all. I think we’ll just spend some time right here in our comfort zone before we go off on our travels again. It’s far more relaxing.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Nectar And Pollen Beach Café

The birds and the bees enjoying a feast of nectar and pollen provided by this winter-flowering Greathead Aloe.

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Only one more day left here at the beach before our 600 km drive up to our daughter’s house in Johannesburg. It’s been a wonderful month with lots of time spent with my sister and good friends. The sound of the crashing waves is music to my ears, something  I’m really going to miss,

 

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Wheels

For Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge ‘Wheels’,  here are a few random wheel pics from my travels.

In May 2010 we took a trip to Yellowstone National Park, starting off in Jackson Hole, where we rented a Dodge Durango SUV. Here it is outside the cute chalet where we spent our first night.

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When we set off the next day, hubby realised that the power outlets weren’t working, which meant that we couldn’t use our GPS, so back we went to the rental office where it was swapped out for a Chevy Suburban which was very spacious indeed for just the two of us, but who’s going to complain about that? The weather was unseasonably cold for May, and when we arrived at Old Faithful, I noticed pretty icicles on the wheels.

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Now for something completely different. A horse and buggy ride around Savannah in much warmer weather.

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Last but not least, some ‘choo choo’ wheels in Chattanooga.

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Happy Wednesday to you all. To join in Cee’s B&W Wheels Challenge, just click the link.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Too many steps in Rome.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Stairs Or Steps reminded me of a staircase we encountered late one evening in Rome. On arrival, we were whisked up to the rooftop restaurant in an elevator and had a lovely evening of good food and live music. When it came time to leave, there was a long line of people waiting to use the elevator down again, so hubby and I decided to take the stairs. There were quite a few steps down to the street level, but I decided against sliding down the bannisters.

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To join in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, just click the link.

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Pull Up A Seat: Icy and Warm

For XingfuMama’s “Pull Up A Seat Challenge” this week, I thought I show you two extremes of  seating options. This icy ‘bench’ in Antarctica was absolutely the coolest seat I ever sat upon.

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After our trip, we flew home via Palm Beach airport, where I found these hot-pink seats welcoming us back home again.

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Have a great week, and don’t forget that If you wish to showcase some of the different kinds of seating you’ve encountered at home or on your travels, you just click this link

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Got The Monday Blues?

The best kind of Monday blues.

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Yesterday, I had a wonderful reunion with my sister and her family. There will be more good times together in the next two weeks and on Wednesday, our daughter and granddaughter arrive to spend a long weekend with us.

Wishing you all a splendid week.

B&W Sunday: The Mussel Man after and before.

Paula’s B&W Sunday Challenge this week is ‘After and Before’. Yesterday, whilst walking along the beach footpath, I noticed some activity going on in one of the rock pools.  A mussel collector, wearing snorkel and flippers, was at work filling a bag with tasty morsels. Here is the B&W edit of my shot.

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In the original colour version, he’s far more visible. Must be something to do with the bright yellow flippers.

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One of the guests at my sister’s birthday party on Saturday brought along a plate of delicious bacon-wrapped mussels which he had earlier collected from this same part of the beach. Needless to say, they didn’t last long.

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Tempting Delights I can’t resist, for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

Mae West once said “I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it,” and I guess that goes for most of us, so for Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week, I’m confessing to some of the things which cause me to stray from the straight and narrow.

A delicious Chai Latte is something I can never resist if it happens to be on the menu.

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When in the USA, I find it almost impossible to pass a Starbucks around lunchtime, without popping in for a toasted Panini with mozzarella, roasted tomatoes and basil pesto.

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Lemon cheesecake would always beckon to me from the dessert trolley,

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and a refreshing Mojito on a hot summer’s day, never goes amiss.

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The promise of a holiday at Bora Bora, complete with palm trees, ocean, and a hammock to laze in, is the ultimate temptation,

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and even up in the hills of South Africa, without the palm trees and beach, a hammock would have to be tried out for size.

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So, what do you find too tempting to resist? Do tell…… because Ailsa is just dying to know.