Friday, 3 November 2017

Glimpses Of Dublin

I've been wanting to take you to Dublin with me for a while now, just been far too busy! 
But slow & sure, I am finding time to sort through all my photos from my days exploring that bustling city, and picking out some of my favorites to share with you.

This is just a random collection of photos from various days...
To be honest, I'm having a hard time recalling the names of places or even where I took a lot of the photos. 
So I hope you will just enjoy looking at them without any details, seeing the city through my eyes. I tried to capture the spirit of the city now, combined with the essence of eras gone by... 

I feel like I saw a lot in a short time, but I know there is SO much more to see. 
Just grateful I got to be there on St Patrick's Day! ♥
(Still unsure if I should publicly tell the story of the drunk 80 yr old man I was sitting beside on the plane, who fell madly in love with me, claimed to be a millionaire lawyer, and wanted to take me to his vacation house in South Carolina.... *dies laughing* )

Stay Irish. Stay Proud. 

Well, readers, until next time! I have more little adventures in Dublin I may share, or perhaps I will take you off to somewhere else... wherever the mood leads me, whatever memories come to mind.... 

Thank you for coming along! 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

A Fall Themed Letter {Walks In Beauty Paperie}

Happy November 1st, my lovely blog readers! I can't believe how many of you still pop by my blog every single day... and I am so glad to see you still visit the Recipe Page too! 

I actually assembled this letter about 2 weeks ago, just haven't had time to photograph or write it yet.... finally got the photographs done this week & thought I'd share it here on the blog, not just on my social medias. 

Using the beautiful ~~Anne of Green Gables inspired stationary~~ {<----On Sale Now!} from ~~Walks In Beauty Paperie~~ (and it was possibly inspired by me too *winks*), it was so easy to create a charming, autumn letter for a dear penpal. 

Ideas on what to include for goodies in a letter: tea, doilies (paper or lace), fake leaves/flowers/petals, ephemera (homemade or purchased), washi tape samples, postcards, tags, stickers...
Try wrapping your letter in lace, material, or tissue paper, tying it up with bakers twine or ribbon. You can even put a wax seal on the outside for extra charm. 

Here is what the final results looked like:

Thanks for stopping by my little nook in the blogging world, I truly appreciate it! 
Here is where you can visit the designer's blogging world:
~~Walks In Beauty { Lifestyle Blog of an American Expat and Her Husband in Dorset }~~

Happy November, I hope you all are well & cozy & in good health! ♥

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

I'm An Official Rep For Walks In Beauty Paperie

So excited to be a bigger part of my dear friend, Nadia's, stationary shop on Etsy! 

You will be seeing more posts like this in the future, as I review her products & try to convince you that you have to go buy some yourself. *heehee* Because you do. 

This month she sent me some gorgeous fall themed mail & a couple extra goodies. 

The exteriors of her packages are always pretty too~ cacti for me, this time around. ♥

The letter announcing her new reps.

The beautiful stationary sets! I am truly in love! 
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!" 
How perfect to mix a fall theme with Anne of Green Gables. ♥

A little better close up of the paper. 
Beautiful images, thick high quality paper that absorbs various ink types nicely, and the printing is quite crisp & professional! 

Now, here is where you need to go find & follow her: 

Please go have a look, maybe buy an item, favorite her shop, follow her.... okay well now I am just repeating myself! 

Can't wait to get writing with these papers~ thank you, twinsie! ♥

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Royal Hangs... Another London Nod...

Of course visiting the palaces deserved their own post!
I am not Miss Mouse Middleton, proud Royalist, for nothing!

I am so pleased I got to see them.... even if I didn't spend long there... it was incredible & a bit like a dream to actually be there.

The memories will be one I treasure for a long time. ♥

Kensington Palace was our first stop & it happened to be sunny for a few minutes... 
Sadly my photo walking up towards the palace were blurry, but at least this photo Nadia took of me is clear!

I'm not usually this dramatic when it comes to photos, but lets blame it all on the fever... haha... 

I wish I would have felt up to it or had time to go inside, but sadly I didn't. 
However we did walk around the area a little bit, before heading off through Hyde Park.

It was actually raining fairly steady by the time we got to Buckingham Palace, but I wanted a photo outside of it, to prove I really was there, that there really was an amazed rodent behind the camera. 

Still feels like a crazy dream that didn't really happen... 
I have to say it's odd seeing this building in photos or videos now, after having been there in person.

The Mall. 
Hard to get a good photo of when the rain keeps blurring your camera lens...
But I like how this one turned out.

Of course since we were walking by The Goring Hotel anyways, I had to stop for a photo~ how is this Royal related?
If you have to ask, you aren't a Royalist. *haha*
It's where Kate Middleton spent her wedding night before becoming the Duchess of Cambridge!

There were other Royal related moments of course, several in fact... but these were the biggest ones & also happened to be photos that jumped out at me. 

Be watching for more posts later on in the fall... I intend on taking you for a few adventures in the unique city of Dublin, Ireland, next! 

Monday, 18 September 2017

A Nod To London

With so many terrorist attacks & general violence seeming to be happening in London, I thought instead of just tweeting out a little "Love You London" statement, I would reminisce about my time there & thank the city for giving me a lovely few days. 

Despite all that is going on, I have every intention of returning one day to see more. 
It's quite a place. ♥

So here are just a few photos of my adventures in London.

I was SUPER sick, running a very high fever, so needless to say it was hard to enjoy it, but I did the best I could. Just one more reason I wanna go back.

Day 1 it was raining, but Day 2 it was gloriously sunny!

Heading down a path in Hyde Park,  towards Royal Albert Hall, with the Albert Monument in front. 

It was early May so all the trees were in bloom & smelling incredibly strong.
Which is wonderful... if you aren't allergic to them that is. *heehee*
Sure didn't help with the pre-existing head cold I had!
But hey, they are stunning. 

A better snap of The Albert Memorial.
It really is something... I love all the gold...

Westminster Abbey... in the pouring rain... 
We had ducked under a little overhang on a building across the street... 
I liked how this shoot feels more like Northanger Abbey. *grins*
Moody. Wuthering Heights. That vibe. I like it. 

So grateful I was able to see Big Ben before they started construction on it!
It was very sunny the day we arrived here & I truly got a Classic London Experience. 

Didn't even feel the worst so very thankful.

Of course you can't walk along this area without taking a typical London tourist shot. *laughs*
Thank you so much, Nadia, for capturing so many awesome shots at this location!

I am truly tickled with how they all turned out~ had a hard time choosing which one to share here...

I wanted to capture the "still in the early 1900s" London feel... 
I am really happy with the old vibes this photo gave off, but also with a hint of the future due to the London Eye being in the background... 

Just playing his pipes.... randomly in the middle of the Westminster Bridge... 
*laughs* Which means of course I liked the way this dude thinks.

I am glad I took the time to ride the London Eye~ it truly is a great way to view the city which goes on and on and on, there is no end in sight, any way you look.
I found that a bit claustrophobic to be honest... 
But the views still are something else. 

The green is Hyde Park~ see Buckingham Palace way at the end? 
Not much green in this city.... not enough for a country mouse anyways...

What a charming old carousel! 
Was tempted to be a kid, get some cotton candy, and ride it. *heehee*

Walking across the Jubilee Bridge, pausing for some more classic views... 

Popped by Trafalgar Square & of course I went into the National Portrait Gallery to see the painting of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
It's just... glowing... in person... I love it! 

We saw so many other things on our rather hurried tour... 
Not nearly enough to satisfy me & being ill meant I couldn't do as much. 
Sad I didn't get to the Tower Bridge & such spots.

Which only means I definitely have to return soThe Adventures of Max & Mouse & the Third Musketeer can continue on & we can conquer more ground, Instagramming all the day long!

London, I will be back, I promise! ♥

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Memories Of Bridport ...

Been missing my twinsie a whole lot lately & with my new blogging mood striking, I thought it was the perfect time to do a little photo editing & share some snaps that you have never seen before!

I have nearly 1000 photos from my UK Adventure back in the spring of last year, just figured I would keep them until I felt like posting them...

Today I am going to share with you some special memories, of my time spent in the town of Bridport, with my dear friend Nadia & her husband, Alan. 
I am so glad I got to see so much of where she lives, explore the shops, taste some of the local food...I can visualize her going about her everyday life now & that is oddly nice. 

If you want to check her out, here are her links:
{The Blog} ~Walks In Beauty~  

Here are my lovely friends, both of course, cameras out... totally unaware another little rodent had her camera out & was photographing them.... heehee...

Now for a little tour around Bridport...

The streets are so beautiful when the sunlight is hitting the bricks. They glow.

A little visit into Soul Shine for lunch was absolutely delightful.
Walked out with lovely vibes & a copy of Flow's Book for Paper Lovers to boot, my first!
Caught this candid snap of my twinsie (& the 3rd Musketeer behind her) as we were leaving.
One of my special memories because I turned, we made eye contact, and just spontaneously smiled at each other.

So happy we were able to stop by a few antique spots one sunny morning...
Rather felt like stepping back in time... 
I'm glad you didn't see the point where I ran into the door of one store. *snickers*

And speaking of stepping back in time, honestly, I felt even more like that when I saw views like this one:

Everywhere I turned, I wanted to take a photo.
But I had decided on this trip to focus more on soaking up the memories & less on the photography.
However I hope y'all were able to follow along on my Instagram!

Nothing quite like walking home in the beautiful rays of sunshine, after the shops had all mostly closed & the traffic was so little... a sort of peaceful quiet... 

Not to mention the views were hard to beat.

Just a block or so up from where they were living at the time, was this darling church & the daffodils were blooming while I was there. 

This particular evening the lighting was just so so perfect....
I had to stop for a few snaps.

Now, I am glad I did. 
Just look at this.

One day I will be back to this part of the world, I just know it.

Lots of love to each of you & let me know if you want to see more little travel memories from my time spent exploring corners of the UK!