Friday, May 29, 2015

A Friday Photo and Some Ducks

Today's Friday photo as you can see is one featuring some feathered friends. I took this photo in June 2012. That was a prolific time for my picture taking I think, because a lot of the photos that I've shared lately are from that time. Lol. I took a lot of photos on this day in particular because it was a beautiful day and it was such a lovely place to walk.

I spent long stretches just watching the ducks go back and forth. It was mesmerizing. Nature is like that isn't it? :-)

I used to have a pet duck named "Duck Duck" when I was a little girl, but my duck didn't look like these. She was a fluffy white duck. I was very I wasn't great with the unique naming at that point. That was one interesting duck. I remember that she loved cornbread and whenever anyone came into the driveway she would bark like a dog or in her case quack! Lol. My daddy built a little house for her and one of my favorite memories of my dad was him leading her to her house in the evening with cornbread crumbs. Those were good times :-)

So when I saw these ducks I thought of my duck and they really took me back.

Well that's all for my trip down memory lane and all things duck-related ;-)

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend! Take care and have fun!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Feeling Better and Eurovision

Hi :-)

I'm happy to report that I'm feeling better. I'm still not 100%, but I'm certainly feeling much better than I felt this time last week. I'm so grateful for that. Over the weekend I took it easy. I made myself rest because sometimes I'll be lying there just thinking about what I could be getting done instead of lying in bed. But I think that I've been cured of that this time around :-) I took the time to slow down and just let myself heal and it gave me a new perspective on self-care. The longer you go along without getting rest and letting yourself heal, the longer it will take for you to actually get better. So I have a whole new appreciation for being more patient with my body and letting it rebuild.

I mostly read over the weekend and I watched some television. I started reading this new book...well it's a book that I've had for a while, but it's new because I've never read it. I've mentioned in a previous post about my recovery as a book "collector" and how I'm trying to break the cycle of letting my books pile up without reading them. I realized that I have a case of tsundoku. Lol. You can check out my short post about that here. Anyway, I pulled a good one from my book pile and I'll be writing soon about this interesting book :-)

I also watched one of my favorite things...the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday. This is one of my favorite things to watch every year since I've been living here. It's fun to watch singers from the different countries compete for the top prize. There are some good songs, but what I love the most is seeing how intriguing the performances are. Sometimes participants show up dressed in wild costumes and it's a feast for the eyes for a viewer like myself who loves a bit of quirkiness  ;-) The winner this year was from Sweden. Congratulations to them! I'm looking forward to next year.

Sunday was my first day of sitting up for longer stretches and I did pretty well. Yesterday was a bank holiday here so I had another day to rest and I think that it did me good. I'm slowly getting back to normal...fingers crossed.

I hope that everyone has a great week! I'll be back with another post in a day or two as I get back on schedule :-)

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Friday Photo and Not Feeling Well

Hi :)

I just wanted to do a quick check in. I won't be having my regular Friday photo post for today because I'm a bit under the weather. Therefore, this is an entry that's depicting very current events. I haven't felt well all week. I'm gonna take it easy and hopefully I'll be back to full strength next week. I'll be here in this bed if anyone needs me ;-)

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Short Weekend Report...It's All About Books

It was a bookish weekend around here. I read some and I wrote a bit also. I finished that paranormal romance book that I was reading. It was okay. It was a good guilty pleasure. Now I'm sort of going from one book to the other trying to find what I want to read next. It's like taste testing books. Lol. I have a huge stack of books that I've been collecting over the years and I'm now in a phase of actually reading them and not just having them there hanging out on the shelf or on my nightstand. Apparently there's a Japanese word for it...tsundoku. You can read about it here. That's me all over, so I'm in the recovery stage right now. Lol. I'm actually enjoying going through my books. It's like going to a tiny library. Needless to say, a few months ago I put a moratorium on buying anymore books for a long while. It saves money and space :-)

As for my writing, I worked on my book a little bit on Saturday. It's coming together more and more, so I'm grateful for this happening. I've been wrestling with some second-guessing demons, but I just decided to let that go and just write. I'm keeping at it!

I hope that you had a great weekend doing whatever you were doing. Have a great day!

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Friday Photo and Green Tutus

Today's Friday photo is from July 2013. This is from one of my many walks around the woods of Wiltshire over the years. I love taking pictures of trees because of the color and just the beauty. A lot of the time I'm just snapping photos of everything because I'm so excited. I love the solitude when I take a walk like this. It often makes me think of walking around on our family land back's just you and the trees :-) I feel connected to nature during the moments here in Wiltshire and the moments that I had back home and in the scheme of things it all connects because it's all one world.

This photo is kind of odd because I only got a portion of the tree in the picture due to it being so tall, but I like that it looks as if the tree is wearing a tutu. Totally random would be fun to have a green tutu...Lol. Green is my second favorite color after all. Lol. Okay, I'm back ;-)

Anyway, that's my photo for today. I hope that you have a great weekend wherever you are!

Television Spotlight: Richard Pryor: Icon

Richard Pryor was a great comedian...some say he was THE greatest comedian. Everyone has their favorite though. But as for my opinion, I have to wholeheartedly agree. He was just funny!!!  I remember fondly overhearing bits and pieces of his comedy albums when I wasn't supposed to as a kid. I would sneak and see what I could catch :) I didn't get to hear much, but I loved what I heard.

Photo source: PBS

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Thoughts

Hello :-)

I know that I usually share photos mostly on Friday, but I decided to mix things up and share one on Wednesday also ;-)

I took this picture in June 2012. I took this when I was walking along a canal. I'm finding a lot of photos from that time lately, so that era has been well-documented. It makes me see that I need to do some catching up for 2015. I'm way behind. Even though I'll probably go to some of the same places, the photos will be different because it's a different day that will never come again. The light won't be the same and I can't stand in the exact same place so the view will be new. I love that :-)

Every day that we wake up alive and well is another day to be grateful.

This picture kinda makes me think about what may be around the bend in life since the path shown curves around out of sight. We never know what life will bring so living in the moment is key. I have to remind myself of this each day and I'm getting better at it day by day :-)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Food Spotlight: Stag Bakeries Biscuits

One of my simple pleasures that I like to indulge in when I can is having a tasty snack...especially a savoury one. I like sweet things, but my preference is for things that are savoury. One of my favourite snacks has to be a biscuit or cracker of some sort with a bit of cheese.

Recently I was given the opportunity to try some wonderful biscuits from Stag Bakeries. I've tried the Stornoway Water Biscuits with Hebridean seaweed and the Stornoway Seaweed Oatcakes. They've recently been selected for Marks & Spencer's new range of branded artisan products. The seaweed gives both varieties a distinctive taste that is sure to appeal to many, especially those searching for a tasty and unique flavour experience.

Friday, May 08, 2015

A Friday Photo and Another Shadowy View

Today's Friday photo is another one from June 2013, taken during a nature walk here in Wiltshire. A couple of weeks ago I shared another shadowy photo from that day. You can see it here if you like. As I've mentioned before, I love taking black and white photos. The shadows always intrigue me. When I took this photo it was a very sunny day, but because the woods were so thick it was rather dark in places.

When I look at this photo it makes me think about how life is sometimes. Even though along this path things seem dark, the path is eventually leading to the light. We just have to hold on for a better day. This is how I try to live my life. We have to have hope always :)

Have a great weekend! :)

Book Spotlight: Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962

I've always been interested in fashion from a very early age. When I was a little girl, I spent many Sunday afternoons watching classic movies from the 1940s and 50s. They were from a bygone era, but I was a great fan. I loved the storytelling, but what I really loved was the fashion. The beautiful evening gowns, the wonderfully tailored suits, and the elegant dresses were style perfection. My love for a beautifully crafted piece of clothing continues to this day.

Douglas Kirkland - photo by Owen Roizman

In the book, Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962, by Douglas Kirkland, published by Glitterati Incorporated, the iconic designer Coco Chanel is celebrated for the elegant style that she brought to the world. This is an interesting look at the woman who transformed contemporary fashion. Photographer Douglas Kirkland was sent to Paris on assignment for LOOK Magazine and he had the opportunity to spend three weeks in her company. Through his photographs, Kirkland gives readers an intimate and unique glimpse into the world of this legendary designer.

Page 121: From Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 by Douglas Kirkland, © 2008, 
published by Glitterati Incorporated

I loved the little details shared, such as why she liked to be called 'Mademoiselle'. When Kirkland asked one of his colleagues about this he was told:

"Normally a woman her age would be addressed as 'Madame,' whether married or not...Chanel, a fiercely independent woman, wanted to prove that she was above the system and didn't need marriage or a relationship to a man to be successful."
From Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 by Douglas Kirkland, © 2008, published by Glitterati Incorporated

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 published by Glitterati Incorporated

Pages 88-89: From Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 by Douglas Kirkland, © 2008,
 published by Glitterati Incorporated

One thing that has stuck with me after reading the book is that it shows just how independent Chanel was indeed. She was a woman who knew what she wanted and was not shy about giving her opinions.

Coco Chanel revolutionized modern clothing for women and made a lasting impression in numerous ways. It would be difficult to list them all, but a few of them are:

* creating styles that accentuated women's bodies...she wanted the female form to be visible

* introducing well-made costume jewelry

* creating her classic iconic suit

* creating Chanel No. 5 perfume

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From Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 by Douglas Kirkland, © 2008,
 published by Glitterati Incorporated
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published by Glitterati Incorporated

Her contributions to fashion are endless and her innovations were so integral to fashion that now we simply see them as classic fashion staples. They are woven into the fabric of fashion overall.

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
- Coco Chanel
From Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 by Douglas Kirkland, © 2008, 
published by Glitterati Incorporated

There is a foreword by Judith Thurman which beautifully puts the relationship between Kirkland and Chanel during this time into context. Readers are also given touching reflections from Douglas Kirkland himself in the introduction to this exquisite collection of photographs. There are also various quotes by Coco Chanel sprinkled throughout.

Page 135: From Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 by Douglas Kirkland, © 2008, 
published by Glitterati Incorporated

This book is a treat for those who love fashion and the study of iconic designers like Coco Chanel. However, it is also a visual treat for lovers of amazing photography. Douglas Kirkland is a renowned photographer who does a wonderful job of capturing the unique characteristics about people through the lens of his camera. I have featured other books by him here and I must say I really do enjoy his work. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book.

Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 can be purchased here.

 *Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Friday, May 01, 2015

A Friday Photo and Blue and Green

Today's Friday photo is another one from nature. It was taken in June 2012 on a walk one day. This photo features my two favorite and green. As I've mentioned before, I love blue, but my second favorite is green. Seeing them both together makes me happy. They are the colors of our planet and they make me calm.


On a different note, it's been a turbulent week back home and my prayers are with the people of Baltimore.

Have a good weekend! :)