Sunday, 3 May 2015

It's a New Princess!!! Updated.

Yesterday was the day we have been waiting for when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the latest addition to their family!  As it happened I was actually en route to London for the day!!  However Twitter kept me up to date with all the developments.  I even managed to get to Buckingham Palace to see the official announcement on the palace forecourt!!  I thought I should go as it was a very rare event so it would be silly not to go right?!

All photos Daily Mail



First glimpses on the steps of the Lindo Wing.  
Kate looks radiant!
The new little Princess 8lb 3oz - good size!


I love how William has a protective arm around both of  his girls!


William carefully helps Kate down the steps.
A beaming Duchess!


A sleeping beauty!


A wave to the crowds.


Earlier in the day a visit from big brother George!  
Little boy blue.


George and Dad William
Hand in hand Kate and William leave with 
their new baby - such a lovely photo!


Her Majesty the Queen on duty looking very happy and in pink!  
Proud Great Grandmother and Great Uncle Andrew too!
And finally my own photo of the easel at 


Buckingham Place 

displaying the official announcement!  
I have not yet downloaded my other 
photos so will add a close up later!
You had to queue up to view the announcement 
but the queue moved quickly!  BP was flying a huge 
Union Jack as the Queen is elsewhere.

Getting nearer so I poked my camera 
through the railings!

A first view.

Close up you can see the details!

Coming away from the gates - 
we were given 4 seconds!

Last look!

Friday, 24 April 2015

A few bits/what's up

A few weeks ago I was lucky to see the partial eclipse of the sun.  Here are some photos - there was cloud cover but there were enough breaks in the cloud to get a view from Chester.  It was really quite special.
 


















I was just back in Amsterdam the weekend before last to see Dutch National Ballet in La Dame aux Camelias - it was fabulous.  Sadly we had wanted to see the Keukenhof Gardens long story but basically the bus got caught up in roadworks and it all ended with us not getting to the gardens :-( we did see some of the bulb fields from our plane home:-

I think mainly hyacinths in bloom here
pink and purple.

































Life is changing for me very soon as after 25 years service I am being made redundant from my job.   I have no idea what to do, whether to stay in the same line of work or whether to try something different.  It will be a huge change because after so long in one place you become somewhat "institutionalised"!  I just said goodbye to the majority of my colleagues today, as most left today.  Just a tiny number will remain, myself included, until mid June.  

Next week I will be visiting one of my most favourite places - Highgrove Gardens in Gloucestershire.  I go every year now as I love it there so I am looking forward to seeing the garden's delights this year!  Sadly the weather forecast is not brilliant despite the fact we have had a wonderful spring week - some of the our sunsets have been amazing!   Then I will be going to see the Hermes Wanderland Exhibition and the Alexander McQueen show at the V&A and finally I will be jetting off to New York (while I still have a wage coming in!) to see mainly ballet but also Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience - can't wait, and the new show An American In Paris which has had rave reviews!  So it's a busy time ahead.  

I will leave you with some photos of our lovely sunsets here over the Dee Estuary and Hilbre Island last week.  Have a great weekend everyone!





Sunday, 22 March 2015

Amsterdam

I recently visited Amsterdam to see 3 performances of one of my favourite ballets "Jewels" created by George Balanchine.  I was blown away by the ballet!  However it was good to visit Amsterdam again as I have not been for a while.  Despite the rain I was able to sight see a little.
A plane on the observation deck at Schipol Airport!

You know you have arrived in Amsterdam - tulips!

And Cheese!!!

I love Old Amsterdam cheese soooo tasty!

Even the lampshades get made of "tulips"!

One of the many bulb shops on the Singel.

Dutch clogs in every form and shade - keyrings,
bottle openers etc!

Sales overseen by the popular King & Queen!

An old cheese carrier.

More gorgeous tulips.

Flowers flowers everywhere!

The typical Dutch buildings that line the canals.

Canal view with a typical bicycle!

More quaint house - some quite crooked!

The Neukirk.

One of the many bridges covered in lovers padlocks.


Looking across the canal from the Anne Frank Huis to....

...the lovely Tulip Museum - I love this place
and its shop sells interesting bulbs too!

Bulb like vases!

A fold out spring garden.

Real tulips in pots.

Next to the Tulip Museum is a Cheese Museum
I really liked this one it was delicious.

Some of the old equipment used to make cheese.

More cheese equipment.

A diamond studded cheese slicer EUR25,000.

Take your pick!

The new with the old a very fitting modern building -
the red brick on the left with round window is
very sympathetic to its neighbours.

The Royal Palace in Dam Square.

Cakes in the Bijenkorf department store across from the Palace.


The canals by night - lights reflecting prettily in the water.

Bridges beautifully lit.


The Neukirk by night.

Some fancy candles in a shop window!

A shoe shaped shoe display!

A lovely moon!

The canal by Waterlooplein.


More tulips.

Roses and gerbera.

Ranunculus and anemones.

A beautiful mute swan on the canal.

The tulips and roses I brought home.

The National Theatre.

Jewels Poster.

One of the Emeralds costumes on display in
the theatre so nice to see one up close!

I will be back in Amsterdam next month I can't wait!