Yes, I’ve been at it again….making glass art and this is what my latest work is….a frenzy of surf boards and surfers been thrown around and wiped out by a deluge of waves. This is how I would imagine it to look like in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast in Queensland…….I love this place! I have now placed it in the kiln for the second firing and it’s been set on a tack fuse which will give it a little more texture to the finish. I will wake up in the morning to see the result! Early riser Steve I am certain will have it out and ready for my inspection! Hope he remembers my ‘hot’ cup of tea first! I love this one……
This morning I began a new piece of glass artwork ready to be fired in the kiln this afternoon. Sea and beach themes I adore, so here is the artwork before it has been put into the kiln. It depicts a yacht on calm waters with surf boards in the sand, ready for conditions to rough up a little! I will post the finished artwork when it comes out of the kiln tomorrow…….I would love to be lying on that beach!
I finished my glass work yesterday of yachts and beach huts on Port Phillip Bay…….
It’s a colourful and fun piece with a beach feel……
We got very lucky with the weather while staying a couple of days in beautiful Bath and we covered some ground!…… taking some great shots with my new Nikon Camera……….
Some of the best shopping can be experienced in Bath city centre and this cheese shop, Paxton and Whitfield is the best!
We came across these gorgeous tea rooms, Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms, serving tea and gorgeous cake on vintage linen and tableware…..it was a delight just looking through the windows….
My dear dad must have been looking down on us as we had the most glorious sunshine all day for touring this favourite city of mine, beautiful Bath
This gorgeous little flower shop was on Pulteney Bridge and walking past was amazing……the waft of the fragrance of spring flowers was divine…..
I was loving my camera and snapping away in the sunshine….
The tiny lanes and arcades add to Bath’s wonderful charm…..
I think it was time for some liquid refreshments…..and we had an enormous variety of pubs to try out…….it was pretty tough trying to decide…..! But I had a well researched list with me……
It was a great break for the two of us….loving Bath and its charm….We had a wonderful time but the Italian restaurant we decided to go to on our last night wasn’t much cop! A real disappointment and quite appalling to say the least….but that is another story!….and a detailed review on trip advisor!! It didn’t affect our love of Bath though…..a wonderful vibrant city for sure.
What a night it was! Saturday night in Maidenhead at Nick and Carolyne Banerji’s combined 50th Birthday Bash. Steve and I stayed in the hotel where the party was held…….very good idea as bed was just a short troll away (but that’s another story!!)
We estimate there were just on 100 guests, young and old and even tiny baby William, our little nephew born in December to Claire and Colin, Steve’s brother. It was a brilliant party, music fantastic and plenty to drink!!!
We saw so many people and friends that we haven’t seen for years……I didn’t want the night to end…….
Sensational walking weather yesterday, with a slight cool northerly breeze. We walked 12.5 miles (around 20 kms) up and down steep cliffs and hills on the wonderful Jurassic Coast in Dorset. We started off early, walking from Charmouth to Golden Cap, Seatown and Eype’s Mouth and return, finishing with a well earned pub lunch at the delightful Fiddleford Inn in the beautiful Dorset countryside. It doesn’t get much better than this for the outdoor lovers that we are. I placed another stone on top of Golden Cap for my darling dad…..he loved the views…..
Well, it’s the last Summer Bank Holiday today and great weather was forecast, so a walk to Golden Cap on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset was on the cards! We packed a small picnic the night before and made a thermos of freshly brewed coffee before we left. Unreal, we love this part of the coast and couldn’t wait to get down there……
Well, I am back in England again and my younger sister Fiona, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, is about to give birth soon to her second child! Max is almost one year old now and soon he will have a new brother or sister. All the best little sister, to you and Rob being new parents again!
We had a really fun New Years Eve last night attending a swish do at Club Renaissance in Sun City Center, Florida. Steve and I danced the night away and boy was my head a little sore this morning!!
Thank you to everyone who has made our stay in Florida and enjoyable one. It’s been amazing to escape the wet, bleak conditions in England for a while. We look forward to our trip back to the UK, to hopefully make 2013 our best year yet! But for now, lounging by the pool today seems like a winner of an idea…..
I came across this photo of me and my brothers and sisters which I think was taken in 2006 at a party held at my sister Jane’s place in Queenscliff, Australia. How times change!
Well, we’ve booked our tickets and the dates have been set. Steve and I are leaving the South West Coast shores of England to spend a few lovely weeks with Steve’s mum Gina and her husband Ken in Florida. How amazing! thank you Gina and Ken!
Gina has already booked us in to a few parties leading up to Christmas and a Masquerade Ball on New Years Eve! Very nice, thank you very much.
We hope to recharge our batteries as I have now been job hunting for nearly three months without any success. There must be someone in England that is looking for the best housekeeper and cook with the highest standards and manners in the world? Not so far! I have had a very disappointing experience looking for work since I arrived back here from Australia. If only I had have know the tough route this was going to take…….I would have snapped up Charlie Kimmin’s job in Pewsey straight away, even though it wasn’t ready to start for a few months. Charlie, if you read my blog in the next few weeks, I would still love your wonderful job if things don’t work out with the person you chose for the position.
This stunning, favourite coastline of mine covers 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset with rocks recording 185 million years of the earth’s history. This World Heritage Site covers three geological time periods…..Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Climbing the cliff paths around this coast can be pretty demanding, but worth the pain and suffering when one is rewarded with such breathtaking views.
It’s that time of year again, November 9th and I now find myself celebrating my 46th Birthday! Yep, I’m getting old!
I started the day with an early walk along the beach at Seaton, Devon then up to the top of the Axe Cliff Golf Course at Axmouth. It was so quiet and peaceful and a wonderful start to my day.
Steve’s taking me out for lunch to the lovely Harbour Inn at Axmouth. I will post more pictures soon!
This is a wonderfully quiet, unspoilt part of the world to be at the moment…..the seaside town of Seaton in South East Devon, England. We set out early this morning for a walk on the West Coast Path. Fully equipped with wet weather gear, we had no idea it would be so windy! After an hour, we had to turn back as the strong winds where not very kind to us, especially so close to the cliff lines of the coast path.
We climbed up and down through the gorgeous fishing village of Beer and made our way towards Beer Head only to find it was impossible and potentially life threatening to continue as the winds were squalling and strengthening with unpredictability
All up, we walked for three hours and I enjoyed being thrown around by the wind….a real challenge. We were pleased to be back off the cliffs and back at Seaton, safe and sound.
What a wonderful market town Winchester is. It has it all…..fabulous shops, farmers market, restaurants, pubs, historic buildings, Winchester Cathedral……the list goes on…..
It’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining and it’s Farmer’s Market day. The place is buzzing…..full of eager shoppers and sight seers!
I was up early to get fresh bread and a little shopping before the crowds ascend upon this wonderful market town, Winchester
I feel so sad and happy as well (if it makes any sense!) as I write this post! Sad that even though I love my homeland country, I don’t feel the connection that I have know in the past to live and work here again. It’s a horrible feeling, discovering this, as I had hoped to come back here and settle for good. Not to be! My love for England…..the magnificent countryside and all the historic towns and villages, along with the coast of the South West, that we love and know well is calling me back. I suppose I needed to come back to Australia to realise this! I feel happy to be gong back to be part of rural England again. Life is so uncertain and unpredictable. Lets hope we create the life we love finally!!!!
So, we finished on a high, at a wonderful authentic Malaysia restaurant a few paces down the road in Mermaid Beach. As good as ever, complete with plastic tablecloths over pale pink proper tablecloths! This old fashioned place is loved by locals and visitors alike. Wonderfully cooked fresh Malaysian food, served by the friendliest staff. If we ever return to the coast, this will be on our list of places to dine. Being BYO wine, we took a lovely bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc which worked a treat with this type of food.
So, England here we come! The weather there is lovely at the moment, being the end of their summer……sunny with tops of 20 degrees C. A very lovely welcome for us indeed! We’re flying with Emirates to Dubai, then on to London Gatwick, arriving at lunchtime. Unreal.
I was sorting out some paperwork today and came across the poem I wrote for my dear dad’s 80th Birthday. I had a lump in my throat when I read it again and thought what a dear father he has been to us all…….
The party was at The Lake House in Daylesford. It was a a huge family event with aunties and uncles, my husband Steve, Peter’s gorgeous wife Rosie, Gary’s lovely partner Mel, Jane’s husband Ian, Fiona’s partner Rob and of course the five of us children! We all stayed the night and met up again for breakfast!
here’s the poem………
THIS MAN THEY CALL MIKE by Jenny Kirwan, 2009.
I know a great man
who’s as gentle as a lamb
so tall and so lean
and also very keen
of a kelpie called Milly
a red dog he loves dearly
This man they call Mike
is my dad who’s well liked
he’s a fine Aussie bloke
loves the land and its folk
worked hard all his life
for the kids and his wife
Found a job for me down
at the bakers in town
when he’d wake me so early
as I became very surly
‘Goodmorning, happy days!’
was his usual phrase
but it never sat well
with my hangover from hell!
But my dad’s a dear soul
now an 80 year old
and tho’ we live far apart
he’s still close to my heart
this man they call Mike
he’s a legend alright!
Dad was spoit with all the attention and he loved it all…..that’s what birthdays are all about!
After a pretty hassle free flight from Orlando to Dallas, we finally made it on Australian soil after 16hrs straight onto Brisbane. You little beauty! Feeling a bit like a zombie but a run on the beach tomorrow will fix all this. Great to be home!
I have to say Dallas airport is fantastic. The best airport I have ever been through. Clean, new, sleek and when we were there, extremely quiet. By the time we flew in from Orlando, it was around 7 1/2 hours since we had eaten. We found this great little pizza/wine bar close to our gate. There were so many more eateries and bars to choose from. Fabulous…..and after whoofing! down a decent pizza with some great red wine, we didn’t need to have the supper meal on the plane. Very smart move!
Yep! We are still in Florida, but fly out tomorrow (whew!) to head back to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Steve and I are celebrating today, 14 years married and 24 years together! Wow, I know! It’s been a long rocky road, but we’ve made it through unscathed! and happy to still be together. I love you Steve, thanks for being my best friend…….
We visited a friend in Sarasota last night and as expected, we had another amazing time. Lenny’s apartment is on the edge of Sarasota Bay, with views to die for….and his Margaritas aren’t bad either!
This man sure knows how to entertain first class! He made us the best Margaritas on this planet along with finger food of mature cheddar nachos with sensational authentic salsa, pate, pretzels and crisps.
We were then chauffeured off to Marina Jack across the road. This place to eat and drink has always been a special spot of mine. Marina Jack has spectacular views over the Marina, downtown, Sarasota bay, Big Pass and out to the Gulf of Mexico.
There was a band playing while we were there and I took a small film which I will post at a later date. Steve and I felt we were back in the ‘land of the living’ after a rather lengthy spell, cooped up in Sun City Center! Not long now though until we enter back into Australia…..you little beauty!
My love of the Jurassic coast in Dorset and East Devon has taken Steve and I on some spectacular hikes along the Southwest Coast Path. This area around Lulworth Cove is an extremely popular tourist destination, so towards the end of September in England was a good time for us to spend a couple of days hiking.
We stayed in the small fishing village of West Lulworth in a B&B that was the closest cottage to the waters edge of Lulworth Cove, called the Boat House. Views were amazing, we loved this place.
The weather was perfect when we arrived and the forecast for the next couple of days was excellent for walking.
Durdle Door no doubt would have to be one of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic Coast. Over a period of time this arch will eventually collapse and leave a sea stack like those that can be seen at Ladram Bay in East Devon.
What a magnificent sight it was to see this tiny village of West Lulworth again. The cliffs after Durdle Door were undulating to say the least! What a relief to finally make it back! A quite few beverages at the near by Castle Inn was a wonderful reward! The Real Ales and extensive list of Real Ciders at this 16th century thatched free house is sensational…….but that’s another blog!
I spoke to Sylvia in England on Skype yesterday and she has almost completed redecorating parts of Wisteria Cottage after an unpleasant six months where her filthy, cruel, destructive tennants refused to pay rent and ran the cottage down badly. She had a painter in to repaint most rooms and the carpets had to be replaced in some areas of the cottage.
This young couple who were renting (without payment!!) had a small baby and a number of dogs that left a trail of distruction. The tiny courtyard at the rear could never house a number of dogs. It was made clear through the agents at the begining that no animals were permitted. The agents have a lot to answer for. What chance does that baby have of growing up to be a decent, respectable adult? Zero! Sylvia now has a new agent but has a large, hefty legal bill to deal with that has still left her without any form of due payment from these two toe rags. This has been a large pill to swallow.
But life goes on and I believe these two criminals will get their just desserts one day. I can’t wait to visit Sylvia when we plan a few weeks holiday in their summer to visit and do some hiking. We have magnificent memories of Dorset and the West Country.
Sundays in the summer we would hike to the next village of Chedington up the Parrott Trail and have a few pints in ‘the best beer garden in the world’ at Wynyards Gap Pub. The views down into the valley below were breathtaking.
If we didn’t stay for a bite to eat, we would walk back down the trail and fire up the barbie or make something special to eat. We would set a lovely table up outside ….it was wonderful. We were lucky back then to have had some good summers in England, unlike the past few years which have been very poor! to say the least
Our landlady, Sylvia Daw lived next door in ‘Winton Cottage.’ She had a huge garden where she grew some gorgeous flowers and a large vegie patch that produced beetroot, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and leeks. In the summertime she had a decent crop of gooseberries, blackberries, runnerbeans, tomatoes and apples. She would often leave a bundle of home grown goodies for us on our back step. It put a huge smile on my face arriving back to find these delights waiting for us. How gorgeous she was to us. Her apples made the best apple and backberry crumble in the world!
I wonder if Jester the Labrador is allowed to visit the cottage again with his new carers? He is extremely well behaved when invited to come in and usually ends up sleeping on a foot or up against a leg or any other body part he can manage to get close to! We miss this monkey boy!