Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Monday, 23 March 2015
ABC Wednesday: K stands for The Kykkos Monastery Cyprus.: Paphos Beach. During one of our many holidays on the sunny Island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean we visited The Kykkos Monastery up...
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
When I was a child one of my favourite bedtime reads was The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. It was a collection of stories about a little boy called Mowgli, who was abandoned in the Indian Jungle, only to be raised as a feral child, in by a mother wolf who had just had cubs.
Bagheera and the wolf tribe learn that Shere Khan, a man eating Bengal Tiger, has returned to the Jungle. It was decided that Mowgli should be taken back to the 'Man Village', for his own safety.
I've used illustrations from the wonderful animated version of Jungle Book by the Disney studios. The original sketches from the first publications of the book are very poor and who can forget the enchanting movie.
|an assortment of characters.|
|Shere Khan loitering in the Jungle.|
Many thanks to the ever JOYFUL Denise for devising ABCW and JUST Roger for all his hard work in the administration of this site........ Di.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
We live in England, part of The British Isles
As nature decrees, there are several smaller islands in the surrounding waters. Over the years we have had some lovely holidays on several of them. Amongst our favourites is The Isle of Anglesey, It is situated off the coast of North Wales and is less than a two hour drive from our home.Access to the island is by way of two bridges, The Menai Suspension Bridge, built and designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1826,
|The Menai Suspension Bridge|
|The Britannia Bridge.|
The Britannia Bridge was built by Robert Stevenson. It was originally a tubular steel bridge of wrought iron, It was used for carrying rail traffic, but following a fire in1970, it was rebuilt as a two tier, steel truss arch bridge, carrying both rail and road traffic.
The stretch of water between the mainland and the Island is known as The Menai Straits, It is a most treacherous waterway, because of differing tides at the two ends, and many have lost their lives trying to traverse it.
Each time we visit the Island we stay at a different place, there is an abundance of eateries serving seafood straight from the sea. The beaches are delightful and safe to bathe from.
One of the Gastro Pubs on Red Wharf Bay, where Prince William and Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge often dined, when William was based on the Island, serving in the Royal Air Force.
|Classic British favourite Fish and chips and mushy peas.|
This is the exterior of The Ship Inn, it really is in a lovely setting so, wherever we are staying we always manage to visit for lunch.
BeaumarisThe main town in the Isle of Anglesey is Beaumaris, it has a splendid castle regarded as a great unfinished masterpiece. It was built as one of the iron ring of North Wales castles, by the English monarch, Edward the 1st to stamp his authority on the Welsh. But it was never finished, money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height.
Such a lovely setting, the mountains of Snowdonia are across the water on the mainland. Wherever you are on The Isle of Anglesey, you're never far away from the sea or beautiful scenery inland.
I could write forever and a day about my favourite Island, and feel so blessed to have a special place to visit, almost on our doorstep.
My thanks to the iconic Denise for devising ABCW and also to the impressive Roger for his intellectual insight in the administration of ABCW.
Best wishes to all, Di..xx
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Gocek in Turkey.
is a lovely little village on the edge of a yachting marina . The bay is surrounded by verdant forests that run right down to the water. It's hard to imagine so much greenery in such a hot country.
Pide Turkish type Pizza with fragrant minced lambAssorted Mezzes usually eaten as a light meal or appetizer.
A local lady preparing Pide which is a Turkish pizza with finely minced lamb and fragrant herbs and spices, simple and so delicious.
Whenever I think of Turkey I think of colour and fragrant smells, I have many dishes and bowls that I 've collected over the years.
This holiday was primarily a 'chill out' holiday as we both had been working very hard, me in a busy stockbroking office and Ian as a Senior Account Executive for a national tele- communications company.
We spent our time tootling around the village markets and dining on the wonderful Turkish cuisine.
We took a cruise around the Gulf of Gocek stopping from time to time to swim in the turquoise waters. We sunbathed on the deck, chatted to the other guest and had a delicious lunch of mezzes, grilled fish and local white wine.
A wonderful day out.
Turkey is a country forever etched in my heart I shall never forget all the wonderful holidays we've had there.
My gratitude to the glamorous Denise for devising ABCW also to Roger our genial administrator for his gigantic efforts in keeping us on our toes!
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Whilst staying on the Eastern Mediterranean part of Turkey, in an small coastal town called Side (pronounced see-deh), we decided to embark upon a trip to near the central part of Turkey, visiting a region of great interest, called Cappadocia, the home of the mystical ,
' FAIRY CHIMNEYS'.
The breathtaking view that greeted us.
FABULOUS! Something we shall never forget.
We boarded a coach with enormous windows that gave us stunning views of this amazing, phenomenally ancient place,
It was almost like a 3-D space movie.
Whilst we gazed in wonder, the soundtrack from the '2001 Space Odyssey' filtered through, totally awesome!
Cappadocia with the many homes that are built into the rocks, forming cave like dwellings. There are some lovely boutique hotels, in the centre along with locantas' and designer shops.. sadly, the 21st century rears it's ugly side, but then, one has to go with the times, people have to earn a living. I will only buy traditional Turkish goods.
Cappadocia is said to be one of Turkey's most extraordinary treasures.
The utter improbability of the landscape really has to be seen to be believed, with it's fairy tale cave dwellings , the amusing phallic cones and the warm colour and texture of the rocks.
The cave homes at night.
invited into one, along with several other
We were given some Turkish coffee then, an
old lady appeared and proceeded to show us
beautiful hand woven lace table cloths, they were gorgeous.
Needless to say, I succumbed, and purchased a beautiful cloth with real gold thread running through, complete with tiny hand woven tassels, edging it.
It only comes out at Christmas, Easter, and high and holy days.
I shall write again, when the opportunity arises, and publish pictures of the Fantastic fabrics, carpets and pottery, mementoes, brought home from our Fabulous Turkish adventures.
I could write forever about Turkey,,, but enough for one day..
Sincere thanks to the most famed Denise for devising this fabled and interesting blog site. ABCW has given many folk an opportunity to sit back and write whatever comes to mind for the relevant letter.
It is also most fortunate that we have the fair -minded Roger to facilitate our efforts with great fortitude.
Felicitations to one and all....... Di..xx
Tuesday, 10 February 2015