Welcome to a small selection of posts that I have enjoyed in the last couple of days.. please do not be shy and put the link to your most recent post in the comments section so that I can share.
The summer holidays are looming and if the weather is not great then you need some indoor activities for children.. or yourself if you are of a mind.. here is a post and then some follow up links from Lauren Taylor’s blog. There are a series of posts on how to make paper boats and then decorate them.
We then decided to have a go at making some paper boats ourselves, following the instructions we had found on the internet, and also a really helpful youtube video we found which showed us how to make there paper boats. The video was really useful and we plan on using it at the workshop to help with our explanation, and help the children to make their paper boats.
Head over and watch the video and get the plan of action for the activity: https://laurentaylorillustration.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/paper-boat-making/
The other posts that show you examples on how to decorate the boats.
Next is a place to visit for anyone visiting New England… of particular interest to those of you who are Sherlock fans. This castle built in 1900 comes with theatrical back story. Charla Puccino gives us the guided tour of Gillette Castle.
For those of you who live in New England, love exploring, hiking, and being outdoors I recommended a day trip to Gillette Castle.
Gillette Castle is one of Connecticut’s hidden treasures. Built in the early 1900’s, it took roughly five years before the construction was complete. Standing in the middle of nearly 200 acres, overlooking the river, the now famous stone structure is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. It is such an awesome spot if you are a photographer looking for some inspiration, or you are just looking to get away from city, traffic, and day to day drab routine.
Read the rest of this interesting article: https://charlawrites4life.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/gillette-castle-one-of-new-englands-hidden-treasures/
If you have not been following the latest murder/thriller serial on Patricia Salamone‘ blog then this is as good a time as any to get started. The number 13 is my lucky number and here is a snippet from Part Thirteen.. You can find links to all the other parts of the story down the side. Pour a glass of wine and start with Chapter One.
Clara answered her phone. “Hello”.
“Clara good morning. I just got a report back from Jack. He went over Clem’s body very carefully again. The only mark on his body was a small scratch or cut on his neck, he said it could have been done while he was shaving or scratched himself. No needle marks anywhere on his body”.
“What about his Potassium level”.
“Let me look. It says here it was slightly high but not high enough to kill him. And, his alcohol level was high of course”.
Here is the link to the latest episode: https://the-italian-thing.com/2017/05/31/the-hayes-sisters-part-13
To end today’s post on a sad note with another four-legged friend passing away. There seems to have been a great many loved pets who have done so this week judging by the Facebook and blog posts. Each one grieved for and my heart goes out to every one of them. The Chaos Fairy shares a tribute to a beloved cat and I empathise with the feeling that you are almost directionless after they have gone.
They do provide a purpose in our lives and there is no lying in bed in the morning because there are walks to be done, breakfasts to be made, grooming rituals to be completed. They appear randomly throughout the day and then still manage to find a corner of the bed to watch over you. They also love us despite our appearance, smell (or because of) and age and toothfulness. There is no judgement. Anyway here is an extract from the post by The Chaos Fairy and I am sure you would be very welcome over there should you drop in and leave a message.
Last Tuesday, my cat Cricket died. She was about 20 or so years old. I got to be with her all day and into the evening, at least. My little Queen Bee.
She was the last of 12 (13?) critters in my animal family. I kinda lost count of how many critters I had, because, well, I can’t count too good. *wry laugh* I started doing rescue work, and ended up with a lot of new animal friends. (<—sucker).
Cats: Sid, Nancy, Forest aka Loki, Lettuce, Smelly Cat, Cricket. Rabbits: Rowan and Charlotte, plus a guinea pig named Bubble Piggy, and an (also adopted) hamster named Russia. And some fish and a couple of captive-bred leopard geckos I got from a herp expo. I’ve got a gazillion pictures I could post, and about that many more on actual film. Want to see? Nope? Fair enough. (Maybe just one more?).
Read the rest of this lovely post: https://achaosfairyrealm.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/the-way-home
Thanks for dropping by and do remember to drop your link to your latest post in the comments. Sally