Friday, 29 April 2011

The Journey Home

Florida, Rounding Up  Pt. 2..

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Does it have to end?  Last afternoon at the pool.

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Farewells are hard.

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12 hour layover in Washington.

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20 degree drop in temperature and rain. Not many photo opportunities so we went for the museums.

Arrived home to the last of the good British weather.  Our trip could be described with one word, Idyllic.  The Wedding beautiful, the surroundings full of nostalgia, family times a rare and valuable treat, our hearts full of thanksgiving.

What an amazing time!

April 6th – April 22nd 2011

April 29th 2011

As I write this I am in front of the ‘Tele’ waiting for William and Katherine to appear on the balcony which will be the scene of their first public kiss as man and wife. 

Brits were given a four day weekend in honor of the wedding celebrations and the majority will be joining in with the Royal occasion.  We chose not to join the throng in Central London today and watched the box instead.

We watched the ceremony hanging on every word. Delicate, tasteful, and God honoring, the service was moving.  It left me with hope and a prayer that this nation might see a future with Monarchs that have their feet steadily on the ground looking upward and outward.

Here the scripture reading

Romans 12:1-18
Dedicated Service
1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,

5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

7if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;

8or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

9Let love be without hypocrisy Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

16Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly Do not be wise in your own estimation.

17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Rounding Up part 1.

24 hours of travel and we are home.

Rounding up some random events before I draw a close to the journaling on our Florida trip. 

I am a little wired to put it mildly so I hope this little map makes sense.

I like to use my blog to capture the pictures that I might Scrap.

  • I try to download my photos to my computer frequently so that they are organized by date and event.  There is nothing worse than having 400 pictures to sort through when you get home from a trip.  I tended to download daily if possible.
  • I crop and drop at the download. By downloading frequently it makes it easier to process the photo’s as you go. I would crop and edit photos at each download and drop the photo’s that weren’t worth keeping.
  • I tend to use my blog to exhibit the best from an event. This will take the hard work out of picking photos for scrapping as they will already be selected.
  • Journaling those events not only serves to draw my readers in but also help capture the moment for my scrapping later on.
  • I had introduced the trip Here and so in the next few days I will post a conclusion, so to speak.
  • Then it will be time to order my prints for my Layouts.

Here’s a few more events to post:-

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Fishing at Dunedin Pier with the York Family

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Note to self : I want to make something like this.

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I love the Florida coastline and wildlife

Day at Busch Gardens

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Fun

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Hot

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Beautiful

Thursday, 21 April 2011

April 19th, 2011

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Happy Birthday

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To A Lovely Lady, My Mum.

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Dinner At The Beach

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Altogether

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Sand castle at sunset on Treasure Island Beach.

What A Finale

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

You’ve Got Mail

Look what was waiting for me in my email box today…

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We couldn’t take Lilly to the U.S. so we had to leave her with a friend and we miss her terribly! See you soon Lilly.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Hello, Welcome To The View, and What is Your Reading Preference.

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I used to waitress many moons ago and that included greeting and seating people. I was never allowed to ask, “smoking or non?” as that was far too impolite. The question was put, “what is your smoking preference?”
Last August I launched my blog by answering the question, ‘what is the purpose of my blog and who is it for?”  My response was, simply, that I needed a place to post my photo’s and journaling and that basically it was for me.  However, I have recognized that, whilst it is serving that basic purpose and preserving my future Scrapbooking materials, I want it to be so much more than that.
I want it to be a place of loveliness. A place where people want to come to read and be refreshed, excited, and motivated, by life experience. I want to wow people with incredible pictures and inspire people to live by my adventures. So before I serve this feast I am asking you, “what is your reading preference?”

One Thousand Gifts

Ann Voskamp - One Thousand Gifts

Found this whilst reading 4thememories today. Thank you for the inspiration. I am going to look for the book tomorrow!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Adventures At John Chestnut Park

A great place for a family outing

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Lots of native wild life

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Good fishing

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My first catch (ever!)

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Caught, a yellow Rat Snake

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Magnificent Dragonflies

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Friendly Turtles

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Great scenery

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And sunsets to lose yourself in.

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Farewell for another year

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Happy Birthday Pete

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SURPRISE!

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60th Birthday

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York family celebration at CC’s Pizza

Stealing Time

The Beach At Indian Rocks

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At The Pool

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If I could capture the aroma of Jasmine  and the sound of the birds singing then I would transport you to this moment.