Archives for category: Gallery

It’s been a while since I posted as part of ‘The Gallery’, but I am making an effort to balance my life and that includes balancing my blog, too.

I had grand intentions of documenting my California adventures over the Christmas holidays, but due to one thing and another my grand ideas faded away. When I saw the theme for this week’s Gallery I knew I had to showcase our trip to Muir Woods, one of the greenest places I know.

The Redwoods are one of California’s natural wonders and the lush climate of the coast keeps everything green. If you are ever in the San Francisco Bay area, Muir Woods is definitely a place to visit.





The Gallery

Gallery logo

Like most of you, I have been glued to my television watching the summer sporting event that only comes around every four years, where athletes from all over the world compete for gold, silver and bronze. It definitely has ‘inspired a generation’, especially in our household. G has even signed up for swimming lessons, determined to be the next Michael Phelps in the 2024 games (see last photo).

A week prior to the global festivities starting, we went on holiday to Cornwall and stumbled across the latest phenomenon – paddle boarding. We were lucky enough to witness what looked like a ‘flash mob’ paddle board race. The participants just appeared from no where, lined up and took off into the sea! Although, not an featured sport yet in the Games, it sparked and inspired us to embrace our love of swimming and get in the pool.

Boards at the ready

Whistle blows

Hitting the waves

Paddle board entourage

Paddle balance

Artistic wave

And a final addition of the inspired swimmer…

Inspired swimmer

For more fabulous photos, check out:

I haven’t participated in the Gallery for a while for no reason in particular, but this week I decided it was time to get back in the game (so to speak).

My aunt mentioned once that it was nice to see my face in a photo. Like my father, who is a photographer, I am never in any of the ‘family’ photos since I am the one usually taking them.  The theme for this week is ‘Photography Resolutions’, and while I have many, putting myself in the picture is one I can stand behind – or in front of, if we’re talking about a camera lens.

I have many photos of my husband with Mini G, but there are few and far between of myself and Mini G.

Me and mini G summer sundae

Festival backlight

Thank goodness for front facing cameras!

The Gallery

The theme of ‘Shoes’ for this week’s gallery was entirely appropriate given that I spent all Monday afternoon searching for appropriate shoes for mini G.

He has school shoes, he has ‘everyday’ shoes and he has sandals. What he didn’t have was straight up trainers.  Mini G signed up for youth football (soccer) training and he needed trainers for running around and kicking the ball. We live in a fairly small town with a very limited selection when it comes to kids apparel. Thankfully at our last resort shop, I found a pair of shoes that didn’t break the bank, seem sturdy enough for the trashing they will get from mini G and best of all, mini G liked them. (He’s quite particular when it comes to fashion).

Mini G Trainers

My shoes, however, are well loved and worn in.  These boots were probably not made for walking, but that’s just what I do. I had to replace the heels of both and the sole of one due to significant wear.  I love these sassy cowboy boots.


I know I’ve said it before, but I love living near the countryside. Even though we’ve lived in the area for over 3 years, I still get a kick out of seeing animals grazing in the fields, especially sheep.

We went exploring earlier this summer and came across one of the many battlefield viewpoints around the area. Sheep were roaming around the open field so we stopped to take a look. These friendly bunch came to say hello as we wandered up to the lookout.

For more fabulous photos, check out:

My nod to photography and ‘World Photography Day’, is more about the origins of photography since, I posted the photo taken on ‘World Photography Day’ photo earlier this week.

On Saturday, I woke up to an image projected on my wall. An image of the houses across the street appeared on my wall. It was as if a small hole in my blackout blinds created the same effect as a pinhole camera. The photograph I took doesn’t really do it justice, but it was amazing nonetheless.

Pinhole camera

I love living in the countryside. I get a kick out of seeing livestock in fields within arms reach. One of my favourite things is randomly coming across a herd of cows when on a Sunday drive.

One afternoon while exploring, I turned a bend to see a bunch of cows hanging out in the river having a little paddle.

Black and white cows are my favourite.

Black and white cows

The timing for this week’s Gallery theme of “Water” was perfect as we have recently returned from a holiday by the sea. There was a lot of water during our holiday as it rained for most of it. We did have some breaks when we were able to enjoy the beauty of the north Norfolk coast.

We used to live in Brighton, literally a stones throw from the sea, but we never went there. You can get complacent knowing something is on your doorstep with the thinking of “I’ll get to it eventually,”. Now living about as far from the sea as you can get, I appreciate the seaside a lot more.

Mini G Salthouse

Mini G loves the sea. He can’t get enough of it. I think he spent about an hour throwing stones into the water at the beach pictured above.

Mini G Cromer

He had no fear of treading into the waves to get water for his sandcastle moat.

Mini G West Runton

And no matter how cold it was, he wanted to be next to the sea.

Rock Pool

When in Norfolk, one must partake in searching for crabs so we went on a rockpooling adventure as the tide went out. Mini G loved searching under rocks and was on the hunt for a big one. I think we managed to find about seven that afternoon.

I definitely have a water baby, we’ll have to get back to the seaside soon.

We didn’t travel much when I was young.  Our longest road trip usually consisted of the 2 1/2 hour drive to the grandparents.  We did go on a Caribbean cruise when I was a teenager, though. That was the first time I’d ever left the country.  Back in the 80’s kids didn’t have passports, they just travelled on their parent’s.  In fact, I didn’t have a passport of my own until I was 24 years old.

I love travelling. The thought of planning an adventure is always exciting.  My son has had a passport since he was 11 months old and has been away to 2 different countries.  He loves new places and understands that different countries speak different languages.

Last summer, Martin’s cousin got married in the Nantes area of France so this gave me the perfect opportunity to plan a French adventure. (I am a closet Francophile…)

Instead of going straight to Clisson/Nantes where the wedding would take place and staying in one area, I decided it would be much more fun to take the train to Paris (I’d never been!) then hire a car and drive along the Loire to our final destination.  This was the best road trip ever!  Mini G was a trooper in the car. For a 3 year old (at the time) he was very well behaved.  It was only when we were exploring he decided to act up.  That was to be expected though.  Old buildings and vineyards weren’t my thing either when I was a small child.

This photo sums up my love of France food, wine and especially the Loire Valley:

La Touriste

I left my heart in the Loire Valley.  I’m already counting the months until I can go back.

Here’s a gallery of our French Summer travels…

La Tour Eiffel

Spooky Notre Dame

Accordion Player
Chateau Chambord

mini G vineyard

La Loire

This is my first time participating in the Gallery. Grandparents is a very special theme to me. I’d only ever grown up with my Papa Joe on my mom’s side of the family since my Grandmother passed away two years before I was born. On my dad’s side of the family, I was lucky to have known both my grandparents. My Papa Phil passed away when I was 20, but my Grandma is still alive, although she does’t really remember me.

Family is pretty important to me. I hate being so far away from mine, especially when it comes to my own son knowing his grandparents (my side anyway). Thankfully there’s Skype for that. It’s one of the reasons we live where we do as my husbands family is just down the road and are very much a part of our lives.

It was nice to go through my box of photos. For those who have read my previous post on why I hate 4th of July, you can see the effect of the fire first hand. I was lucky to salvage these memories.

Here are my grandparents…

This is me and my Papa Phil on his 80th birthday. This photograph means a lot to me as I processed and printed it myself.

Turning back the clock a few years, this photo was taken on my 10th birthday in 1984. It is one of my favorite images of my dad and his dad. Loving the tube socks, Dad!

When I went away to university, I lived right near my grandparents and spent the holidays with them when possible. Here’s me and Papa Phil on Thanksgiving 1992.

This was a lovely day with my Grandma celebrating my sister’s wedding.

And last, but definitely not least… Papa Joe. I have so many amazing memories with Papa Joe from the summer’s spent at his house, surprise lunch dates when I was at Universities and one of my favorite memories of him driving me all the way to Monterey when I missed a flight. The stories he told… he passed away in 2006, but his legacy lives on with my son who was born later that year and shares his birthday.

Special thanks to Sticky Fingers for hosting The Gallery

%d bloggers like this: