Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Diva on stage

Are we lucky or what?
This is the performing arts teacher at our Easter concert last week.
She stole the show with her lip sync of a Tina Turner song!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Look who is off to represent Australia in pool

Yep - off to England he goes!

This photo was taken just before he left for the airport to go to South Australia to represent his state in pool. He was leaning up against his long awaited new car!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Gardens in Venice

From my Venice trip last September.
The top one was in San Marco, facing the Grand Canal, between the Rialto and the Accademia Bridges.
The one on the left was outside a church in Castello, near the Fondamente Nuove.
The one in the middle was right near the Ca D'Oro, just to the left of it.
And the one on the right was outside the Alloggi Alla Scala - remember the little hotel?
If you double click on the picture, it makes it bigger.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Looking For Adventure!

This is by a very experienced, and very good Digital Scrapbooker who goes under the 'name' of Donut. You can see more of her fantastic layouts in her Digital Scrapbook Place gallery.
Isn't she fantastic?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A true Australian ghost story.......

This story happened a while ago in Brisbane, Australia - and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's true. The surname has been changed, to protect the innocent.

John Smith, a Sydney University student, was on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a storm.

The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.

Suddenly he saw a car slowly coming towards him and as it drew level it stopped.

John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door, before he realized there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't on!

The car started moving slowly forward. John looked at the road and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before he reached the curve, a hand appeared through the window and turned the wheel.

John, paralysed with terror, watched how the hand appeared every time they came to a curve. He then saw the lights of a pub down the road so, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and asked for two shots of tequila. He then started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just gone through.

A silence enveloped everybody when they realized he was crying and... he wasn't drunk.

About 15 minutes later, two guys walked into the same pub. They were also wet and out of breath. Looking around and seeing John Smith sobbing at the bar, one said to the other, "Look, Bruce… there's the idiot who got in the car while we were pushing it."

Monday, March 10, 2008


Amaretto di Saronno is liquid gold in a glass. It is made in Saronno, which is a comune of Lombardia, in the province of Varese in northern Italy.

I've heard that it's the number one best selling liqueur in Italy and that it's the second best thing to come out of Italy after the Ferrari. It's defined as an almond liqueur, but it has more going for it than just the subtle taste and scent, of almonds.

The tactile shape of the bottle is unique and is a part of the whole opulent Amaretto experience. There are other Amarettos out there and sadly I was given one of those for Christmas, by someone who obviously doesn't know me at all! Actually it was the same son who persists in giving me Lindt chocolate - which I've never eaten in my life.

Amaretto - it's Italy in a liqueur glass.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Beale Air Force Base, California

In my mother's garden.

Santa Margherita Ligure - a special place


The bar I went to about three times in a day was the Bar Pasticceria Oneto di Cassinelli. The front entrance is on the main street very close to the Lido Palace Hotel and from the back you walk out onto the piazza with the Basilica di Santa Margherita. The cappuccini are divine, as are the pastries, especially the little eclairs.


My favorite store is Seghezzo. It's a great grocery and wine store. It has the most impressive chocolate selection. It's next door to the Basilica at Via Cavour, 1. It also has a very good deli section and you can buy an already cooked dinner there, have them heat it up for you and take it back to where ever you are staying.

Lido Palace Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure

Do you want to stay in a palace? I do. I pick this one:

I stayed here twice in the past, in 2005 and in 2006.
Santa Margherita Ligure is a beautiful place to visit.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Dream Machine

Um... I didn't make this. My nine year old student who worked with me yesterday on the picture of Pyewacket reading in the bookcase, made this. I sat with her and we worked together on my laptop, but it is all her own work. I am going to put it with my pictures in my upcoming Blurb coffee table photo book. It's like a photo album, but the photos are in a hard cover book with a dust jacket.

It was exactly what I wanted - I told her my son asked me to use that particular kit and the photo. I can't improve on it. We talked about every aspect, and other students gave up their lunch hour to watch the work in progress.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008

Dad, in Texas 1931

Ok, but there's MORE!

Look what a friend showed me - it's a picture almost exactly like mine that she did earlier. All I can say is - great minds think alike!