Friday, 22 July 2011


This week's colour over at a Summer of Colour was Red. I have not had much time to play this week, but managed to do this page quickly! I have still Brown from last week and Purple from next week to do, but will try and catch up when I return from holiday.

We went to see the last Harry Potter film this week, and thought it was a great film! A good end to the series.


Shimelle's new online class started this week, Explore, and with many thanks to Carolyn, I am signed up for it. I am away next week to Keswick in the Lake District, so it will be after that before I get into it really. I have made my playbook and taken my self-portrait with my camera, so at least I have started. I have also printed out the prompts for this week and might take them away with me.

Sunday, 17 July 2011


We had a fab time in Paris! The weather was hot and lovely, except for the morning we were at Disneyland, when it poured with rain, but luckily it cleared up by lunchtime.

Did I manage everything on my list in the last post - almost - the only thing we didn't get to was Sacre Couer and Montmartre - we ran out of time! Oh well I shall just have to go back sometime then.

Andrew's favourite museum was the Rodin, where he wanted to see The Thinker. This is because it features in the 'Night at the Museum 2' movie, so I suppose some kids movies have good points.

He thought the Mona Lisa was smaller than he expected it to be!

He enjoyed Disneyland, but thankfully only wanted to go on a couple of rides, but really enjoyed the Motion, Action, Stunt Show.

We stood in a queue for 20 minutes to get our photo taken with Buzz Lightyear and to get Buzz's autograph - for my 17 year old son!!!!!

All in all a good holiday! I also managed to get a few photos for the Summer Scavenger Hunt, which I shall post later this week.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Ten things

This is part of Shimelle's 10 things on the 10th of the month which came about as part of her Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers.  I missed last month, but hopefully this post has been autopublished!!!

I thought for this month, as I am in Paris I would do 10 things I hope to see and/do in Paris:

1. Climb Eiffel Tower (or take the lift)
2. See L'arc de Triomphe
3. Visit Notre Dame
4. Take a cruise on a Bateaux Mouche
5. See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
6. See Pompidou Centre
7. See Rodin's The Thinker
8. Visit Sacre Couer
9. Visit Disneyland (this one is really for Andrew)
10. Have a glass of wine and watch Paris pass by.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Summer Holidays!

We're all going on a summer holiday...., says the well-known song. School finally finished today! That is now Andrew finished with primary school, ready to start secondary school in August.

But first - we get to go on holiday!!!

Hubbie, Andrew and I are off to Paris on Sunday for a few days - this is an end of primary school treat for him from his Auntie - who unfortunately cannot go with him - so we are going instead! John is going as a trainee leader to Scripture Union at Kings Cross, Arran. We are really looking forward to it. Then later this month we are off to Keswick in the Lake District for  a week.

To keep myself busy over the holidays I am going to try and take part in Rinda's Summer Scavenger Hunt. Rinda has posted 21 items that we are to try and take photos of over the summer, I have the list printed and am taking it to Paris with me!

Thursday, 7 July 2011


This weeks colour over at Kristin's Summer of Colour was Yellow. Yellow always seem to me to suggest happy and bright and summery so I produced this page. I painted it with several colours of yellow paint, added some paper at the top, some yellow fibres, some foam swirls, a sticker with flowers on it and then stamped a bird in the bottom.

Next week's colour is Brown, and I may have to come back to that one as we will be on holiday next week.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


As I have finally managed to start crafting again thought I would post something for Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday. As it is the last week of school (hurrah) I had to make some Thank You cards for the teachers. I used some scrap paper, added some flowers and a gem in the middle.

Andrew is leaving Primary School this year and starting the Academy after the holidays, so I have been working on a mini-book for him. I have done a page for each school year with a school photo and some things he could remember about each year, like his teacher, what his topics were, what trips he went on. Tomorrow is his closing church service and then they have a BBQ in the afternoon, then on Friday they go round and get everyone to sign their school polo shirts.

It feels a bit sad as it is the end of an era - that is my parental involvement finished with primary school after this week. Where did the years go???

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The slow work of God

I found these words over at Lucy's blog and thought I would share them with you today. The photo is mine, taken on a walk at Moffat last October.

Words from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
to something unknown,
something new. Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
by passing through some stages of instability
and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow.
Let them shape themselves without undue haste.
Do not try to force them on
as though you could be today what time
-- that is to say, grace --
and circumstances
acting on your own good will
will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new Spirit
gradually forming in you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
our loving vine-dresser.


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)

Friday, 1 July 2011


The colour for this week over at Summer of Colour was Pink. I really struggled with pink as, although I like the colour, I did not really have much in that colour. I came up with this page, made from scraps of scrapbooking paper in my scraps bag, and then added a few flowers and things. I am not really sure if I like it much though.

Last Sunday we took eldest son to St Andrew's University for a weeks summer school. This is him looking a tad nervous as we left him. He comes home tomorrow and has had a fabulous time. He now just wants to be a permanent student and do several courses!! Let's hope his Higher results are adequate!!

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