Wednesday, 17 December 2014

No Tree Yet...

It's just a week to Christmas and I still haven't 
got our Christmas tree!  When Hope is ready
 (and I'm not going to hold my breath waiting!)
we're going to dash out and see if we can find one 
that  doesn't look too sorry for itself.

In the meantime, 
here is another One Staple Collage...

(Doomed to Disappointment)
and a photo taken a couple of mornings ago
when Grant and I were walking Missy.
It was very frosty, the ground was quite hard
and the scene was spectacularly beautiful.


I'm holding the inaugural meeting of the
'Westways Reading Group'
tomorrow night!
I invited all of my road, a cul-de-sac,
to join and I had 5 'yes'es!
Tomorrow will be a 'getting to know you' type
of evening, and I'm looking forward to getting to
know my neighbours better
(and to reading more books!).

Hope's now ready, we're off!

XXX

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Oh, Vienna!

"We walked in the cold air
Freezing breath on a window pane....." 
(Vienna, Ultravox)

It was my birthday on Monday,
a rather, a-hem, B-I-G birthday that has
a 5 and a 0 in it (yikes!).

(such a pretty shop window)
Mr Urbani whisked me off to 
Vienna for a few days for some 
Christmas market shopping, 
punsch drinking and Klimt viewing.


We had a fabulous time.


We went to FIVE Christmas markets (!).
The market stalls were so beautiful,
and I loved the sights, smells and sounds.
It was quite magical.


I wanted to try everything!

(Vienna selfie)
It was very cold, crisp,
bright and wonderfully sunny, 
perfect for the festive season.

(I am an angel, official)
(perfect graffitti!)
We stayed in a delightful hotel,
in the arty Spittelberg district
(and just a 15 minute walk 
from the city centre)
whose walls were adorned with 
all types of artwork.
  


The breakfasts were wonderful, 
and the staff friendly, helpful 
and really rather lovely.

(Grant, always the 14 year old boy)

Vienna is very clean and very stylish,
and everyone behaves themselves!


How many backstreets of London 
are as clean as this?!



We visited the stunning Belvedere Palace and saw some Klimt artwork, 
including The Kiss.



I could have hyperventilated with joy
but managed to restrain myself,
just about.

We went to 3 different restaurants 
for our evening meals
and enjoyed eating authentic 
Viennese food.

And we laughed.
My goodness, we laughed like silly 
teenagers (which might have had 
a little bit to do with the very alcoholic 
and delicious punsch!).

We are in love with Vienna
and will, one day, go back.

Thanks for looking!

XXX

Saturday, 6 December 2014

We've had Bacon and Eggs


We've had bacon and eggs.
It must be Saturday.


Have a great weekend!

XXX