Sunday, 3 May 2015

Week 18 - My Sunday Photo

My youngest child is 16 and none of my kids live at home. But this week I've worn a bucket on my head, gone to the shops in a tutu, made perfume, played princesses, decorated a castle, drawn pictures, coloured in and generally just been an aunty to my 4 year old niece.

I'm exhausted and ready to fly home on tuesday.

But first I have these pom poms to finish with a 7 year old who's mummy is more than happy to have me stay with them in St Albans for a few nights.

It's my own fault, I say 'hey, why don't we make/do/visit......' before I've thought about how long/difficult/pricey it's going to be. But if I'm honest, I'm actually having a lot of fun.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Creating a garden in the desert - Week 5

I'm taking a break from the sandpit this week and visiting family in the UK, so I thought I'd share some photos of their gardens and a visit to the local garden centre.

My niece, Becky, got married last weekend and the reception was held in my parent's garden.

I took my youngest niece, Olivia, to a garden centre.

I took a drive over the Malvern Hills.

I returned my youngest to school.

I decorated Olivia's play castle.

In the meantime back in the sandpit, the garden continues to flourish.

Week 18 Project 365

It's been a very busy week travelling around South Wales and Gloucestershire visiting family and friends, ending up in St. Albans this afternoon with a stop over at Kings Cross to meet an old school friend I haven't seen for 20 years. It's also been an emotional week with endless goodbyes. 

I was disappointed to discover there were no Britmums photo a day prompts for May and the Project 365 group I joined is coming to an end. As you can see from the hashtags I've been combining the photo prompts from Britmums and FMSPhotoaday and adding One Daily Positive and a weekly blog post with project 365.

I think I'll carry on with the prompts as and when they get posted and carry on with the weekly round up and post wherever I am welcomed.

Day 116 ‪#‎onedailypositive‬ ‪#‎4oclock‬ ‪#‎fmsphotoaday‬ ‪#‎brilliant ‬‪#‎snaphappybritmums‬ ‪#‎project365‬
At 4pm enjoying a drive through the English Countryside enjoying the brilliant colours of nature

Day 117 #onedailypositive #InMyBedroom #fmsphotoaday #LookUp #snaphappybritmums #project365
I'm not in my bedroom, I'm at my parents house in the UK this week after a family wedding and visiting my children.

Day 118 #onedailypositive #prepare #fmsphotoaday #purple #snaphappybritmums #project365
I'm spending the morning with my niece, we're having a princess day at the local garden centre, one of her favourite places to visit, she is wearing her princess dress and I'm wearing my pink tutu. But before we go, apart from having a shower and paying yet more bills, I have some post cards to write and I've wasted the last hour looking for my purple pen for the photo prompt to prepare to write the cards.

Day  119 #onedailypositive #IWalkedHere #fmsphotoaday #SoWhat #snaphappybritmums #project365
I walked here today, it's somewhere I've walked often over the bridge In Monmouth, in fact I still remember the days when you could drive over it, it nows means it's a long drive round to reach my mum and dads house from the town, but so what, by closing it to traffic means it remains, the bridge stands for a good few more years.

Day 120 ‪#‎onedailypositive‬ ‪#‎need‬ ‪#‎fmsphotoaday‬ ‪#‎ok‬ ‪#‎snaphappybritmums‬‪#‎project365‬

I NEED this, time with my niece, great nephew and of course my children. However after a whole day of being princesses, making a shell garden, decorating a princess castle and being run ragged I'm OK now to return to Dubai next week.

Day 121 #onedailypositive #want #fmsphotoaday ????? #snaphappybritmums #project365

I WANT to not feel so sad when I drop my son at school and drive off knowing I won't see him again till July. But on a positive he's happy and just about to sit his GCSE's. 

Day 122 ‪#‎onedailypositive‬ ‪#‎FacelessSelfPortrait‬ ‪#‎fmsphotoaday‬ ????? ‪#‎snaphappybritmums‬ ‪#‎project365‬ 

My son aged 16 grows so quickly inbetween visits, he seems have changed since I last saw him in ‪#‎dubai‬ 3 weeks ago. Mums rule is when we say goodbye we have a ‪#‎selfie‬ but he decided I'd already taken enough pictures of him on this trip.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

My top three travel bucket list destinations

I'm currently visiting the UK from Dubai and I moved there from South Africa. Travel was never something I'd considered until I met my husband in 1999. We merged two families making us a family of 7 so I still didn't think travel was going to be possible other than an annual family holiday. As a family and just the two of us and often travelling alone we've visited Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and California many times. We've also traveled to Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia as well as nearly every European country, even if its only been on our way to somewhere else. I've also been to Denmark and hubby travels freely with his job. We've also explored everything South Africa has to offer in terms of destinations and experiences.

I know it's corny, but there is a hole world of opportunities out there for me, there are places in Wales, outside this window I've yet to see.

But there are 3 places I'd like to visit, that I've never been to and going somewhere new is what appeals to me. In June I'm off to Canada, why? just because I can, I have a twitter buddy and pen friend there who said 'if you're ever passing' 

I carry my passport with me at all times

My case seems to be permanently packed

Given the opportunity when dropping family and friends at the airport, I'd be on a plane someone, if I could. This year also sees me return to the UK in September and back to South Africa in October and November, but if I have time and money here is where I'd like to visit.

1. Scotland - I've only been to Edinburgh twice and both times only for a weekend. I'd love to explore more of Scotland, see the wildlife, camp under the stars, visit the beaches, catch a ferry to the numerous islands. Living abroad people always tell me how much they'd love to visit the UK, I lived there for 39 years and never saw half of it.

2. Peru - The Inca Trail. I would love to travel back in time and see how the Inca's lived. I have no knowledge or opinions on what Peru would be like, the culture, the history or even the food and accommodation, but that's what appeals to me the most, a voyage of discovery.

3. Australia - I have family there, a friend is emigrating there soon, it's a continent I've never visited, like Peru, there is noting in particular that stands out for me to want to see, but I'd love to travel by train across the country, stopping off where I wanted to for as long as try my hand at surfing or at the very least take some photographs.