Thursday, 26 March 2015

Five Things About Me . . .



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This is a photograph Todd took of me on our last big holiday.  Not a good photo I know.  I'm not that photogenic.  It was taken in Austria when we went on a Sound of Music bus tour I guess that would be six years ago now!  (My goodness how time flies!)   We had a fantastic time and both really enjoyed that holiday so much.   That is one thing Todd and I have in common.  We both love to travel and to see new places.


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We adored Austria.  It was so very beautiful.  But the best part of being there was being there together.   In any case, it's Thursday and we all know what that means . . .  Five Things About Me and the first one is I love, LOVE to travel, see new places and meet new people.  Life is too short to spend it all at home.

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I make new friends wherever I go.   These are the two Phils.  Philomena and Phillip, an Irish couple that we met on that holiday.  They were sitting in front of us on the coach.  They were such lovely people and we really enjoyed spending time with them.   We are still friends to this day.  They just live up in Blackpool.  They came down to see us when we were still in Kent and spent a weekend, and we have been up to Blackpool to see them as well.   They truly are great people and like the Irish have the gift of gab and endearing personalities.   We love them to bits.

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I love exploring stone gardens/cemetaries.  (This was the one that was in the Sound of Music.)   I always find them so fascinating.  The older the cemetary the better.  I love to wander amongst the headstones and read them, and think about the people and wonder about their lives.   Did you know there is a Plague Cemetary in Chester, dating back to the Black Plague?  There is.  My friend Sandra says that her mother wouldn't let them play there when they were children for fear that they would catch the plague from it.  (I don't think that could happen do you?  But then again, you never know.)   There is also a Titanic Cemetary in Halifax back home which is pretty interesting and here in Blacon, where I live there is a Canadian Soldier one filled with white crosses from the two World Wars.   Blacon used to be an army camp before it became a housing estate.

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I have a fascination for old churches and cathedrals.   The ones in Germany and Austria are just gorgeous with lots of gilt and statuary.

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When we visited Todtmoos in the Black Forest, there was a Pink Baroque church in the village  not too far from the hotel we were staying at.  It doesn't seem to matter what faith is practiced in a church, they all hold a portion of the spirit that you can feel when you enter into them.    At least I can feel it at any rate!  It's like the weight of a million prayers brushing against you, but not in a bad way . . .

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Of course the most famous cathedral/churches I have been in is the Bascilica at Lourdes, in an area of France which borders on the Spanish Pyrenees.

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We picnicked in a garden just outside the Bascilica grounds and met a most unsual travelling Dwarf.  (There's that love of meeting new people again!)  We shared our lunch with him.

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I found it all very fascinating and there were tons and tons of people there.  Especially around the Grotto of Saint Bernadette.   I can only imagine what it would be like on one of the Catholic Religious holidays.  One of my favourite things which we did  was to follow the stations of the cross which were on a hill/mountain next to the Basilica.

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Fifteen different "stations" representing Christ's journey to the cross, each one marked with 
the most beautiful statuary that I have ever seen and the most meaningful, in that they were each  life-size statues. The fifteen stations begin at the base of the hillside/mountain. The way of the cross follows a very steep path that winds its way around the mountain. One has to be in pretty solid shape to make the steep climb, but it was well worth the effort and a very spiritual experience.


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Another fascinating one we have been in is the Cathedral as Strasbourg in France/Germany.  (Strasbourg is a city right on the border of France and Germany and has been alternately French and German throughout the centuries. I think it is in France at the moment.)

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It houses one of the world's largest and oldest astronomical clocks dating back to the 16th century.  You can go in and see it at any time, but in order to see it in "action" they shoo you out and you have to buy a ticket to get back in for noon which is when everything starts to move.



If you listen carefully you can hear the rooster crow three times.  It is fascinating.   And you just got to see it in action for free.  (IF you watched the video that is!)

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I like Diet Coke.  Not Pepsi.   Diet Coke.  I can tell the difference and I hate it when I order a Diet Coke in a restaurant and they neglect to tell me they don't do Diet Coke, just Diet Pepsi.  Pepsi is sweeter and I don't like it.

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I just LOVE dolls.  If I had room for them and lots of money to spend I would collect them.  Alas I have neither.  I do have a special doll that Todd bought me in Germany and I have a vintage Barbie doll, but that is all.   Oh, and the little wool/felt dolls that I have made.  I have loved dolls since I was a girl.   I had one that my Grandmother had bought me and some neighborhood kid tore the head off, which broke my heart.  My dad taped it back on.   Then I had a very large fashion doll that my Aunt Freda gave to me that Uncle Harold had bought for her.  Mom says Uncle Harold was angry with her for giving it to me.   It shows how much she loved me.  I also had a Little Miss Eaton Doll that I got for Christmas one year, who looked like Chatty Cathy, but who wasn't Chatty Cathy . . .  she came with a chest of clothes to wear and was better than Chatty Cathy.  I tied a string around her neck and she said whatever I wanted her to, unlike Cathy who only had a very limited vocabulary!   I had a Barbie of course and a posable hard plastic fashion doll and a box of small hard rubber dolls of the world.  I wish I still had them! 

And that's my five things about me for this week!  I hope I didn't bore you too much!

A thought to carry with you through today . . .


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Precisely the least, the softest,
lightest, wren's rustling, a breath,
a breeze, a moment's glance . . .
it is little that makes the best happiness.
~Friedrich Nietzche
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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  deliciously simple Maple Baked Butter Beans.

Have a fabulous Thursday, always remember . . .
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And I do too!



8 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You have traveled quite a bit and to see all those old churches would be wonderful. I can just imagine you could feel all the prayers of the ages being in one so old. I've never been out of the US and appreciated seeing where others have been.

La Table De Nana said...

Sometimes we question travel..especially after the recent findings in France..
Security is long and tiring here..and then so many accidents..
Anyways we are not planning anything at the moment but what a shock the news is today.

I used to drink Diet Coke..stopped about 10 years ago.
(It's not good for us Marie..;) )
Gee aren't I uplifting today?

I was wondering..when you mentioned no trips this year.what about the trip you won?

Did they keep in touch?
That doll is adorable:)
Bonne journée!

Linda Metcalf said...

Marie....I was fortunate to go on a trip to Switzerland/Austria/Bavaria. We visited some glorious cathedrals . The cemetery you show looks identical to the ones we walked thru. The Swiss chocolate was far superior to any I have ever tasted and the cheese fondue was amazing!

LauraC said...

Well! Some eye candy surrounding that Diet Coke! ;) I also much prefer Coke to Pepsi, although I only like the regular, no diet soda for me.

Marie Rayner said...

I have the soul of a wanderer Pam. I love to travel and see new things and places. It is getting a bit riskier these days so I think in future we will be staying a lot closer to home, but we will see how that goes. xoxo

Monique, the news is indeed shocking. I confess I am now very afraid to fly. I know it is silly, but it has become a real fear I am sad to say. If only I could afford another mode of travel. I am not taking the trip to Florence because I cannot afford the tickets to fly there, airport transfers, etc. and then there is the flight thing too . . . silly I know.

I have stopped and started drinking diet coke so many times. I know it is not good for me, but I don't drink tea or coffee and I don't like the taste of tap water. I need to find a suitable alternative . . . Bonne journee pour toi aussi! xoxo

I thought my readers might enjoy a bit of eye candy Laura, lol! xoxo

La Table De Nana said...


How about sparkling water?;)
I drink a lot of that...
Anyways..so many things we probably do aren't good for us and nothing happens..and w/out reason..s..something happens even after doing things right;)


That's a shame about the trip..I thought it was all inclusive.
In my dreams for you.

handmade by amalia said...

A wonderful selection, Marie! I like everything, except the coke :-) Don't like sodas of any kind. But travel! And people! And new things! Good for you.
Amalia
xo

Marie Rayner said...

I do like Sparkling water Monique and used to buy a lot of it. Perhaps I need to start doing that again. Caffiene headache . . . not looking forward to! Would that the trip WERE all inclusive. It was not much of a prize. Who is going to pay all that money to go to Tuscany for only two days. Of course you would want to stay longer, so that would cost also, on top of the air fare etc. xoxo

One of my favourite areas to visit Linda. I want to go again one day! Swiss chocolate is the best! And a bratwurst with sauerkraut . . . mmm... I am thinking about them now! lol xoxo

Thanks Amalia! Have a great weekend!! xoxo