Sunday, 18 November 2018

ARGGGGGGHHHHHHH ..........





I had an email from my blogging friend Elizabeth over at The Vintage Contessa telling me that she couldn't comment on my blog !!!


Although things aren't what they were in the blogging world { I used to get 100 comments in the old days but many have left blogging and gone on to other social media sites } but I did think that four comments was a bit low on my last couple of posts !!!!



I even started to think that I might give up my blog .....



..... atychiphobia was starting to set in !!!

I have checked everything on Blogger and all is as it should be, so I think it's Blogger's fault. 
There have been times that I haven't been able to comment and, when that happens to me, I either sign into Blogger again or I look for the blog that I want to comment on on Firefox, as it's usually with Safari that I have the problem. Firefox always seems to be fine. 


One of the nicest parts about blogging and the main reason that I blog and prefer it to any of the other social media sites, is the fact that we interact with such lovely people and can have a ' chat ' ... it is the modern way of having penfriends from all over the world ..... I like to think of my blogging commenter's as friends and it's always a little bit disappointing when we don't get any comments ..... I really have missed you guys over the last few posts but I'm pleased that it's only Blogger and not the fact that you have gone off  of me !!!
I've also noticed that it says  UNFOLLOW under my followers and not FOLLOW and I'm not sure how to fix that either !! 
Anyone who knows how to fix any of these problems, please let me know ... 
Perhaps anyone who reads this could just comment so I know that you can ... by the way, this isn't a way of getting lots of comments !!! haha !!!





LOOK ..... even Shakespeare likes my blog !!!

 Shame that he can't comment !!!


XXXX







image 1: via the libertine, image 2: via bonnard3, image 3: via diabolique, image 4, 5 & 7: via envers du decor, image 6: via pinterest, image 8: via the gifts of life


Jackie

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

HUGO ..........






Have any of you seen the film HUGO ? It was made in 2011 so it's not new, won Academy Awards and Baftas  and I'm obviously late to the party but I loved it ..... an historical adventure drama film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese. I won't go into a long review but it involves Georges Mélies'  A Trip To The Moon and a boy who lives and winds the clocks at Paris train station.



It is a charming film and the music is great as well.


XXXX

video via youtube, image via google

Jackie

Sunday, 11 November 2018

1918 - 2018 ..........














 video from YouTube

Jackie

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

NOVEMBER COLOUR ..........


This post is a bit boring if you don't like gardening but I cannot believe how much colour we have in our garden at the moment and its November !!!


I planted these cyclamens about 25 years ago ..... I think that I bought a couple over the years as indoor plants and planted them out in the garden when they finished flowering indoors .....


..... a final bloom on our Hydrangea Annabelle .....


..... Hydrangea Smowball in it's Autumn coat ..... it's pure white in the Summer and changes to this deep red .....



..... Hydrangea Vanille Fraise ..... fading .....


..... Verbena .....


..... this is Parahebe ' Snow Clouds ' ...... it flowers from May pretty much into December ..... you really get your money's worth ! Just cut back after it's first flush is finished and back it comes .....



..... geranium ' Rozanne ' .....


..... Salvia ' Black and Bloom ' .....


..... and this euonymus was here when we moved in thirty odd years ago and this is the first year that I have seen these berries/fruits !!! .....


..... and this Blush Noisette rose is still flowering .....


..... and, finally { non gardeners will be pleased to know ! } my St. Swithun rose that flowers from May until December .....  That is the same rose .... it produces slightly different colours and forms of flowers ..... I really do like to get my moneys worth !!!






XXXX






Jackie

Friday, 19 October 2018

LONDON MUSEUM .....




A while ago ..... actually, a long while ago ..... July it was, that's how long it takes me to do a post !!! ..... we went to a photography exhibition at the London Museum called London Nights ..... 200 works by 60 photographers, ranging from the 19th century to the present day. 



You weren't allowed to take photograph but the above was one of my favourites ..... St Paul's Cathedral, floodlit for the 1946 Victory celebrations after the Second World War, putting an end to the blackout after nearly six years.


The London Museum also had another exhibition called ' Expanding City ' with Pleasure Gardens and streets of London shops .... it was like walking through a Harry Potter film set in the Victorian era !






..... and look Tom .....



..... dozens of beautiful vintage glasses !



After the exhibition, we walked through St Katherine Docks .....



..... passed The Dickens Inn and back to .....






..... The Grapes pub ..... remember ? ..... the pub we went to earlier in the year, owned by  Sir Ian McKellen.  




..... and, Christopher Biggins { English actor } was in there having dinner !!!




..... and finally, an arty photograph of The Shard, taken by me from the balcony at The Grapes  ..... maybe they would like it for the London Nights exhibition ?!!!



XXXX


All photographs taken by me apart from image 1: via london museum & image 2: via daily mail

Jackie

Monday, 3 September 2018

..... AND THE REST IS RUST AND STARDUST .....






I think that you all know by now that I like a bit of rust in the garden ! My new acquisition is my rust crown and the plant of the moment is Muehlenbeckia.


Rusty old chair .....


Rusty arch and gates that we bought at Chelsea in 2012 at a very reasonable price which was a bit of a surprise !


Rusty old urn that we have had for ages .....


and a few rusty plant supports.


I did buy this bench, thinking it was distressed but painted and, when it arrived it was VERY rusty ..... I liked the look of it but, nobody wanted to sit on it and ruin their clothes so .....


..... we painted it ..... now it's stardust.


..... although it was a lovely sunny day today, the wind is blowing and Autumn is on it's way. 



image 1: via google, all other images via me

Jackie