Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Barbados

When I found out my aunt, uncle and cousins were going to be in Barbados, I had to go.  They live in England and New Jersey and what a great place to meet up with them, so I made plans.  I hadn't been to Barbados in just over 2 years, so it was really good to be back.  I had to balance my time between family and friends.  I think I did quite well.
Lots of photos in this post.
Family.  L to R.  Simon, Deborah, Wendy, Timothy, Woody, Gwyn and me

The blood relatives.  2nd Cousin Deborah, Aunty Wendy, 1st Cousin Timothy, Grandfather Woody and me.

How sweet that she actually stood still long enough for a photo.

LOL, she had enough.

Possibly the ugliest cake in the world and I made it for Simon.  Happy birthday Simon!

Khloe, Ava and Simon blowing out Simon's birthday candles.

Barbados is just beautiful.  I can never get enough of her beauty.

Visiting Earthworks.  Click on the link to check out what they make. A great place to buy local pottery. 

Deborah found these fun glasses in her condo. 
It might be too late for Christmas, but it's never too late for fun!

This network of roots is quite amazing.  The trees are alive and well yet the roots are exposed from the years of wind and sea and all that nourishes the trees are rain, sun and air and a bit of sand.

These girls.....I miss them so much.  Ava and Khloe.

A new brew in town.  Different beers named after popular locations around the island.  For those of you who love IPAs and strong hoppy beer, this is for you.  Personally, I'll leave it.  Yuck.
Beautiful Barbados.  No filter.  None needed.

My dear friend, Natasha.

Gwyn and Deborah at Port St. Charles.

Manny and I at Animal Flower Cave.  This is owned and run by Manny.  Related by marriage.

Barbados black belly sheep being herded down the road.  They knew where they were going.

Bathsheba

Bathsheba

A small cave under some rocks at Bathsheba



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Glorious Sunflowers

I recieved a link in a text from a friend.  The link took me to Palm Beach Sunflowers.  Please follow them if you live in the area.  When I had a closer look, I only had 3 days left to visit them before the flowers were no longer pretty.....they begin to wilt, dry and drop seeds.  These particular sunflowers are grown for making sunflower oil.  This was their first experiment growing the flowers as an attraction to the public and it was wildly successful.  Good for them!  I was so impressed, I went twice.  You can also pick the flowers at $1 a flower, I think if you have a few tiny ones they'll give them to you for free. 
Friday February 17th is the day I went with my son and his friend, Frank and I went the next day, and Sunday was their last day.  So by following them, they will announce when they plant the seeds and 45 days after that, they will open the field of sunflowers to the public.  The flowers only bloom for 2 weeks, so don't miss it next year!  It's worth it.
The flowers are dying...but still so pretty.

Back lit beauty

Majestic against the blue sky

My American boy
LOL....looks like he's got fumes coming out of his ears.

Always a willing subject.

One of my favorite shots

My all time favorite shot

LOL, he's got a sunny personality.

LOL

My other son, Frank. 


I can't find my macro lens!!

The next day, I joined the girls and a random stranger took this photo for us.


Jenn, Dawn and Monica



Don't forget their backs....also beautiful.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cordes sur Ciel

Well this place was certainly a gem.  Didn't expect to go here nor did we plan it.  It was a spontaneous and very quick visit.  I think we stayed an hour.  Cordes-sur-Ciel has to be my most favourite place in France.  Approaching the city from the car was like a magical scene.  It's perched on the top of a hill just like that.  Gorgeous.  Like nothing else I've ever seen in France on this whole trip.  It was our last day and we sealed it with visiting the most amazing place.  It was built around 1222 by Raimon VII, Count of Toulouse.  It is the first bastide ever to be built.  I hope to return to this magical place and spend a day here.
Turquoise shutters!!!!  OMG!!  Love! 

Just beautiful

Walking up to the top on a cobbled road.  Yes, road.  Cars use this road all the time.

Almost there...
Another amazing blue door.

Love these old stone planters.
I don't think anybody is home.

There was nobody in this gallery.  I assume the photos on the wall is the artist and possibly, owner.  Unique studio.  Check out that wonky bridge in the doorway.

Another part of the unique gallery.  You can see another photo of the owner/artist.

Again, this big carving in the most intriguing gallery.

Smile!!  We're all on camera!  Dereck, Gary and Laurie.  I met Laurie 2 days before we left.  So glad to have met her, we had some fun times together.

A glimpse into the past.  I'm not sure if the upper part of this building is lived in or even what it used to be, but what a glorious sight.

I just LOVE all the old doorways and brickwork.  This amazing town must have some fantastic stories to tell.

Cordes cat.

Alas, we had to leave.

Driving by as we departed Cordes.

Bye bye Cordes.....I hope to see you again.