Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Sights - Part II of Across the Pond

Hi my friend! As promised I am back this week with the second part of my journey across the pond to England. So let's go for a stroll through some magnificent pieces of architecture and gardens shall we?

Our first adventure took us to Bath. We rode a train there and it was such a fun ride through the countryside. Bath is an incredibly beautiful city and seeing the ancient Roman Baths was a sight to behold.

What was truly amazing is standing somewhere that is was so old. The temple was built between 60-70 AD. The pure genius of people then to create something like this simply blows my mind.








The city is rich with architecture, shopping and lovely restaurants. Here Sallieann stands beside a postbox. Isn't it pretty? They make our postboxes look rather dumpy. LOL! These are still in use as a lady walked up and dropped her letter inside!


People here in the states told me that the food in England was not very good. Well, I do believe they were fibbing as everything I had was amazing and being a vegetarian, the choices were plentiful. This is what I had at "The Ivy" in Bath. It is a vegetarian shepherds pie. The center is an eggplant stuffed with quinoa. Then the herb, mashed potatoes cover all sorts of root veggies in a scrumptious gravy. This veggie girl was in happy land!


We went into a cute little shop and I saw this pillow. It described my feelings about England perfectly. ;)



Bath was the closest thing to mainstream "tourist" attraction that we did. What's wonderful about visiting somewhere with local people is that you can discover things off the beaten path.

Our next journey took us to one of the National Trust properties,  Montacute House, which is a late Elizabethan mansion and garden in South Somerset. It was built in 1598 by Sir Edward Phelips and it is one of the few prodigy houses to survive almost unchanged from the Elizabethan era. Let me just say that it was absolutely stunning!




Not only the house, but the gardens as well. Everything is so lush and green.




Jules knows just about every flower, tree, grass and creature around. She is an excellent tour guide.


Jules and I collaborated on a project in 2017 called Briarside Lane in which there was a project called the "Pudding House."


Jules gave me a painting and I created this wool and embroidery version.


It was so much fun to stand in the actual place that inspired Jules! Talk about walking into your art! :)



All the detail that went into building this mansion. I'm a total architectural geek, so I soaked up every last detail.


This is the view looking out across the gardens. Way down in that open area was once a Roman road. Now the sheep are the only ones on the road.


Speaking of sheep, I tried so hard to get close to the sheep. I wanted to pet them! Sallieann still laughs that I went running out into a field after them. Jules has it on video. They weren't having any part of this crazy American bunny lady though. Nope, not, go away woman! LOL!




This is looking inside a hedge. Magical isn't it?


This is the hedge!


The trees, oh the trees! This is a Chestnut tree. Blight killed these trees here in the US, so it was a special treat to see one.


And the chestnuts!

I would love to have one of these in my yard. So sad that we don't have them anymore.


Inside the house, I was amazed by the details in all the furniture. Nothing pressboard, MDF or made in China here. Solid, strong, real and absolutely beautiful. The green on this bench was so lovely.


All the intricately carved wood. Everything has a story to tell.


From the wall mouldings,


to the exquisite carvings on this bed, the details on the trunk,


to the framed portraits,

historic books

and the stained glass coat of arms window panes, the details took my breath away.




It made me think about how disposable everything is now. How much is wasted, consumed, destroyed and made so cheaply. Looking at things like this, that are hundreds of years old, I pondered the waste in the world today.

This was fun to see the all the royals during the time of this mansion.


Beth had a nice chat with these folks.


We had coffees and lunch at a charming cafe on the property. I had the most incredible soup and the bread. Their bread is nothing like our bread. I rarely eat bread here as it makes me fat and fluffy. I ate bread there almost every day and not one bit of trouble. The girls told me it's because our bread is loaded with sugar and chemicals where theirs is not. Natural food. Hmmm... what a nice concept. ;)

The last bit of Montacute house that I want to show you is this model, which is quite large if you scale it to the table in the far right. This model was made for the filming of Wallace and Gromit the Curse of the Were Rabbit.


Talk about details!


You know I loved it with the bunnies everywhere! When we got home that evening, we all watched the movie.


And so I will leave you with one of my favorite clips. See ya back here next week for part III of this adventure.

Michelle


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Side Hop Down Memory Lane

I know I said I would bring you part II of my trip to England, but this memory from 5 years ago popped up and it made me laugh. It made David laugh too. There have been lots of stressful things going on. Lots of suffering, sadness and loss. Frankly, I truly need a brief break from it all and I guess that's why this popped up. 

Hannah has aged so much over the last 5 years. She's now 11, which for a bunny is really old. She's about 85 in human years. Of course, my beloved Harrington will forever be in my heart. Such a character he was. Harrington and Hannah were my muses for storytelling, which explains why, when I lost him in June of 2015 and we moved to Wilmington, my storytelling and blogging started to decline. I'm glad it's coming back. :)

I hope you enjoy this hop and chuckle down memory lane back to January of 2015. I'll be back next week with more from England. :)

Light, love and hugs,
Michelle

Bun errr...um...Bunny Fitness



We know what you did. You were naughty for two entire months weren't you? You ate lots of cakes and 
candies and pies. You ate too much of everything didn't you?


It was fun though wasn't it?  hee,hee,hee ;)


Well now it's time to get back in shape and get healthy. Today we want to share a few simple things 
 to help you stay fit and trim. Feel free to practice these at home. 

Please note, we are not responsible and cannot be held liable for injuries, mishaps or other things 
you might do to yourself. You're on your own. 



That being said, let's start with some simple stretches shall we?


First, lift your leg, point your toe and stick it in your ear. Hold for a count of five. Please note, you may
 encounter ear wax.

Remove your toe from your ear and place it on your chin. Hold for a count of five. This is also an excellent
time to see if you removed ear wax from your ear. If so, you can just lick it off.


What do you mean "eewwwww?"  It's just ear wax. We all have it. I'm keeping it real people, 
keeping it real.



Moving along. Now place your front feet on the hay box with your back feet slightly apart on another box. 
Push off the hay box with your front feet three times and then hop up on the hay box, or if you don't feel
safe, simply hop back down to the floor.

This next exercise is best with a buddy. Using your nose, shove the ball to your buddy. At this point,
you may take a bite out of the ball before shoving it to your buddy. Now place the ball in the basket. 
You may take a bite of the basket as well.

Ok, let's move on to some ear Tai Chi. Stand up and point your left ear to the ceiling while your
 right ear points to the floor.

Now gently lay down and at the same time spread your ears apart in opposite directions.

Turn your head to the left while raising your left ear up and lowering your right ear. Repeat this 
routine three times being mindful of your breath.

This exercise is excellent to stretch your neck, head and get a side rub at the same time. You get the picture.

Next, lay on the floor and cross your left legs under your right legs. Let your eyes roll to the back of 
your head and play dead for a few minutes.


Speaking of playing dead, meditation is good for your busy mind. Meditate at least 15 minutes a day.

Yesssss....meditaaaaaate.

It's also very important to follow a healthy diet. You need to eat lots of greens as you need the fiber.


You may be tempted to eat processed cardboard carbohydrates, but you must resist.

You have come too far to fall off the basket now.


You can do it!

Now that you have had a good workout, it's time to cool down. Lay on your belly with your legs out to
 the back.

 Point your toes and stretch them as far as you can.

At this point we also like a nice rub down.

Take a well deserved break, but remember to drink plenty of water!


                                  I'm exhausted. Me too.

We wish you all the best for a healthy new year.

Your friends,
Harrington and Hannah

The Sights - Part II of Across the Pond

Hi my friend! As promised I am back this week with the second part of my journey across the pond to England. So let's go for a stroll th...