Sunday, 12 August 2018

Candles, Kew Gardens and circles.

Hello ... my wonderful 3 followers! This morning I was carrying on putting our flat back together, after all the workmen have finally gone. And to cheer myself up, l lit one of my gorgeous, smelly orange candles. Well l knew there was not much wax left but l thought l would just use the last bit up. I suddenly realised there was a lot of very black smoke coming from the glass jar, in my studio. So l quickly put the lid on. l was fascinated to watch the jar suddenly fill up with all this smoke, that looked just like fog!. The colour of the melted wax was gorgeous.


I took the lid off to look inside the jar and all this swirling white smoke began to pour out. Opps ... put the lid back on very quickly.


Here you can see the smoke has started to evaporate but the wick is VERY burnt and black. Time to say good buy to this candle l think. Sad!


A few days or so ago Tony and l met our our daughter Jenny, in Kew gardens for the day. We also had my surrogate Grandson and my daughter's Godson Oscar along for the ride! One of the reasons Oscar wanted to come, was because he had a few more dragons to find! Ha! "Here be dragons" is the currant exhibition going on in Kew Gardens. Oscar found 4 last visit and he had 3 more to find.



Now were is that last Dragon? Perhaps this squirrel will lead Oscar to it!


Ha Ha ... found the last one.


Then we went off to find the Woodland House but unfortunately it was not open just yet! I think it is a fascinating looking building and can't wait until it is open to the public.



We had lots of fun walking and running around the gardens . Saw lots of groups of geese feeding on what little grass there was around.  

                                      

As you can see from the picture of the Pagoda, where there used to be grass on the long walk to this amazing building ... now there is none.The grass is brown and very dead!! We need rain and luckily over the last few days, a week since this image was taken ... it has rain almost non stop for days. Yeh! never thought l would be so pleased to see rain as l am now! The great Pagoda was finished being built in 1762! It is a 10 storey octagonal building almost 50 meters high. We can always see it for ages before we actually get to Kew Gardens. 

                                        

This swan was "grooming" itself beside the pond and in front of this beautiful creature was a bench. So l couldn't possible walk past ... could l ? So for about 10 mins or so, l just sat and watched this beautiful bird and it was so very calm making. Such a beautiful experience. I also took a video because l was fascinated how thorough the bird was and didn't want to forget it and also wanted it to help me draw it later.. 





Lets go into the Victorian Palm House, which has a rainforest climate and see what catches Oscar's attention.


Look what caught his attention... "Durian
                                                     Durio
                                                           Zebethinus"
This is what this plant is called ... l wonder if it has a shortened version of it's name! 
Then we both found this flower and even though it has holes in it and is obviously dying ... we both thought it was beautiful. l am in the middle of drawing it, will show you it, when l have finish drawing this flower .


Then we did some wandering around the place. I lost Oscar for a few seconds, then l heard him laughing! We were walking through the tropical area and the mist sprinkles had started to go off. He loved the sprays and then started dancing and laughing all up and down the walk way! :) It was so much fun to watch him.


Snack time. So we went of in search of a cafe.We sat outside for our coffees and of course, his lordship had to draw! :) More pages in MY sketchbook used up :)


There were loads of dying flowers and leaves on the ground. At first we saw bees on the ground and they looked as if they were dying, maybe because it had suddenly turned very chilly. But after a closer look, we discover they were crawling from each flower to get their pollen ...  really surprised us.


Then we decided to go and visit the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, which has just reopened. It is a Grade l listed building and is huge.


Isn't this the most amazing plant ... forgot to find out it's name but it fascinates me! I sort of expect it to move or start to walk, as if it was a hand puppet! :)


Inside this glasshouse there is a spiral staircase and a balcony that goes all around the main building. We found out that there was going to be an acrobatic performance, in the centre of the glasshouse. But l decided to go up to the walk round balcony ... BUT that meant climbing the spiral staircase! I am getting stronger but my balance and fitness still has a long way to go. So this was a bit of a challenge for me! But yeh l did it! Phew! The view was great from above and the performance was amazing. Going back down was a bit difficult ... ! Can you see the image of the balcony and see a huge queue of people? That is the people trying to get down the "down staircase! So for once l was a naughty girl !!! There was no queue to get up the "up staircase " so l decided to go down it!!! Ha!



The image below is so funny. Oscar decided that because he had a green jacket on and the fence is green ... so he thought we couldn't see him! :)


These two images are of the beautiful night sky, three nights ago. Stunning.



Have a lovely Monday and enjoy your coming week. :)













Sunday, 5 August 2018

Princess Diana"s memorial Children's Park,amazing night skies and my Yellow Line Project

Life for a lot of people is not good at present. In London where l am living, it is HOT and very humid. I am used to being hot, as l lived in such places as Singapore, Dubai, Papua New Guinea and the Bahamas but even l am finding it uncomfortable. I am loving the heat but my home is not equipped to deal with the high humidity ... and neither am l ! Ha! As you can see from the image below, from Kew Gardens, our countryside is suffering and struggling. I never thought l would hear myself say this but ... we need rain!

One of the nice side effects of these glorious days has been the evening skies. Perhaps at the moment l am not missing Sydneys' Summer weather after all. These three images were from last friday night! Stunning aren't they?



Another problem with having a drought, is the some cracks on pavements are getting wider or/and deeper. The other morning l was walking down Wildcroft rd to get to the bus stop, when my walking stick got stuck in one of the cracks on the pavement. No problems l thought, as l went to get my stick out of the crack. Unfortunately the crack in the pavement was deeper than l had realised and l just kept going down the crack. I was surprised how far my stick went down. I was just glad l was able to steady myself, otherwise it could have been quite dangerous. AND yes l have let the Council know ... what good it will do, as they have no money to spare. End of rant! :)


On Saturday Tony and l went to meet up with our daughter Jenny, her Godson Oscar and his mum Sam. We all met up at Princess Diana's Memorial Park, where there is an amazing play ship. 

I have not been here for at least 8 years and boy was l in for a surprise. I will try and find an image from when l was there before, so l can show you why l was so shocked, next time l blog! I was working for a family as a  Doula and used to take the baby for walks here. I pushed the baby in one of those gorgeous old "proper" prams.  l was forever being harassed by Japanese tourists, asking me to let them take pictures of us! No way. Anyway l was in for quite a shock ... boy has it changed and for the good. This amazing tree greets you at the outside of the park.



It even has it's own scooter park! Brilliant. The security for this place appears fantastic. To enter you have to go through a gate, which is covered by a security guard. I have an experience that proves it works. As Jenny and l were going out through this gate, we notice the guard was talking to a little girl of around 2or 3 ish. She had lost her mummy and didn't know where she was and was trying to go out through the gate. So me being me ...! ... offered to leave my bag with him and take the little girl to try and find her mum. She was quite upset, poor little thing. Any way l got her name out of her and some other information. Apparently mummy was always carrying a baby round!!! Anyway eventually we found mum and baby but she didn't seem to be that worried ... that was until l told her that her daughter had been trying to get outside the gate!!! until that moment, l don't think she had taken it seriously.


Through and up one of the many paths around the Park ... and there she is. The Ship!





And in the "hold" you will find Jenny, Sam and Oscar playing in the sand!


Above and looking in to the "hold". Aye Aye Captain!


There were several ways on and of the ship ... l liked this one best. And wow that mast was high. It was quite hard climbing it, especially if the older children were pushing past the younger ones. It was also not that easy to climb down . Defiantly the child needed to be at least 6 or 7 in my view and confident with it.


This little "boat " was a great hit with children young and old, boys or girls.


There was a closed in area with 3 tee-pees in it. I can just image how much fun a Kinder Garden group could have sitting in one of these. And considering the heat, l found sitting in one quite cool. I was very surprised, to say the least. The area supplied shaded places for the adults to sit and watch too.


The images below show the water and stones area. Cool place to be today! There was an amazing stone assembled crocodile too





I had never seen something like this before, Can you see the "thing" on this little girl's wrist? Well believe it for not ... it is a small battery operated fan! Isn't that cool!!!  l think.....  :)


Oh my feet enjoyed the sand and water. Just like being back on Bondi Beach. Ah memories, memories:)


Pumping water  ... knew parents would come in handy round here, at some point!!!  Climbing wooden platforms was fun too.  So much fun fro the children to experience.


The children digging beside this small boat, found a Dinosaur bone! Great excitement. On further inspection l think l decided it was a piece of wood but l was not going to spoil their fun.


The next two images are off one of the villages. I thought they were so cute!


Look what l found on a seat in one of those huts. A lucky star maybe?


 Oscar was bought an ice-cream, lolly pop by his mum. When l asked if l could have a biet , this is what he said.
"Nanna you are not allowed ice-cream, so l will turn around so you can not see the lolly"
And that's what he did ... so cute and very funny!


Little monkey!


While we were having a coffee, a 6 year old was having a "Fairy" party. They were all dressed up very beautifully, l was very impressed.



This was my gorgeous daughter playing hide and seek with her rascal Godson Oscar! So cute!


On my way home l found this. I don't know if you remember me telling you about my "Yellow Line" Project? Basically l photography unusual or interesting things on the road's yellow lines! Well l find it interesting! Ha! I thought the yellow paper on this flattened can went really well with yellow of the line. Well worth catching this image, l thought to myself.


On one last note ... saw this on an electricity box, by The British Museum and thought it interesting ... what do you think?


Night all ... way post my bedtime, l got too engrossed in writing this blog!! :)


























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