Wednesday was our first full day of training and work at school (as most of you know I teach elementary students), so my energy levels have been lower than I like in the evening, and I have spent less time on blogs than I'd like to!
However, I subscribe to some blogs, simply for inspiration or exposure to new things, and wish to share one with you today. This particular post shows a home style that is so comfortable, relaxing, and rich to me - not in a glitzy way, but with its own special glamour. Enjoy!
Monday, July 23, 2012
|Detail as we entered Westminster Abbey. Note the sign. :(|
|Such a lovely frieze!|
|We headed for the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben...|
|Heightened security and employees standing outside - something was going on. Maybe we privy to a fire drill. HA!|
|The London Eye, just across the street.|
|I found it interesting that the H of P were constructed right on the Thames River.|
|John and I getting ready for the clock to strike 3!|
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Our day in London was action-packed, beginning with our visit to Buckingham Palace (with thousands of other people). We were able to see the changing of the guard, visit the Mews, and visit the Queen's Gallery. I hope you enjoy my photographic highlights of this portion of the day!
|Two marching bands entertained us with some surprising music, including "Billie Jean".|
|I have a set of old Beatle collectible figurines with hair just like these hats!|
|Buckingham Palace Gates|
|After the crowd thinned out....|
|Kensington Garden Gates|
|The Mews residential area (for those who work with the horses, cars, etc).|
|The coronation carriage, actually used for the procession!|
|Such beautiful tack on the horses that pull the carriage!|
|Artistic detail abounds!|
|A riding lesson was taking place in the ring. I wonder who takes lessons at the palace riding stables?|
Next, the most awesome experience - the DaVinci drawings in the Queen's Gallery. I cannot describe how it felt to look so closely at these small, intricate drawings from nearly 600 years ago! There were many large posters describing Leonardo's self-education in this time of medical ignorance, which only increased one's respect for this work.
|Pages were pressed between two pieces of glass so that both sides could be seen.|
|One of his early drawings of the heart, a two-page spread. The age is visible, as might be the drawings on the back sides of the paper.|
|DaVinci was left handed, and found it easier to write backwards, from right to left.|
|One of my favorites.|
|A later drawing. He never did quite figure out the circulatory system, however.|
Friday, July 20, 2012
Those who know me know that I love animals. Get ready for the photos! I did stick in a couple of tractors, falcon, and side-attraction photos, as well as a few silly captions. It was a great day!
|I spy with my little eye....|
|Jumbo sized tusks....|
|for a jumbo sized hog!!|
|"I work hard to get this definition...."|
|I had plenty of these for dinner, so I didn't indulge here!|
|I fell in love with this beauty!|
|So many pretty horses!|
|Hunting hounds and horsemen....after they presented the groups, the dogs were allowed to wander free and the audience was welcomed in. Yippee!|
|May I have this one, please?|
|John loves tractors!|
|This is what I would expect...|
|So where did Tom Cruise come from??|
|"Thank you for noticing my beauty behind this ugly apparatus!"|
|"Where's the gate? How do I get out??"|
|"Don't you have something better to do, lady?"|
|"Turn the camera away, or I'll send my people."|
|"Oh, I'm so shy!"|
|The peregrine falcon show! We almost didn't catch it - so glad we did!|
After the show, John took me to very special places from his past, one of my favorite parts of the trip. Next time, I'll share those!