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Thursday, 26 May 2016

What did I expect...

...well, I'm not really sure.

However, thinking about it I think I was disappointed with the Clock Face garden at Canary Wharf for a number of reasons.

To start with, the name conjures up the image of an unusual garden.

I think you will all agree...
...this is not a garden and there is certainly nothing 'unusual' about it.

What I think I was expecting was something like this...
 ...clocks hidden in shrubs and flower beds. Lots of different clocks creating a sort of Alice in Wonderland type 'feel' to the place - after all, who can forget the white rabbit racing past with his pocket watch declaring "I'm late".

Or even something like this along with the 'real' clocks...
...but perhaps I'm showing my age with this one as I can remember there always being something like this at our local park and most towns would have a 'clock' flower bed somewhere (near the council offices, police station, rail station) and it would often be planted to show the name of the town.

I'm still not exactly sure what I expected. All I can say is that it was not what I saw.

Isn't it disappointing when a word or a phrase conjures up an image in your head and the reality comes nowhere near.

Have you been somewhere where the reality did not match what you expected (good or bad) - do tell..................................................................................

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

If you are a Pinnacle Crafts Club Member...

...don't forget it is Members weekend, this weekend.

This year has been flying by and I can't believe that it will be June next week. However, before then, we have a lovely 4-day chance to have a Crafty (take that any way you wish) spend - 30% off subject to the normal restrictions.

If you are a club member (you could join on-line) and can get to Barleylands (or place an order by email from Friday to Monday), please see the message from the Pinnacles crew below...









Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Introducing...

...Lexi's "baby".

If you visit from time to time you will have 'met' my Sister's dog Lexi - she was a rescue dog and has now settled in very well and is such a sweetie.

About a week ago, Lexi found herself a "baby" whilst out on her walk. In the long grass at the edge of the green where she has a run, she found a baby kitten. My Sister pulled her away not wanting to disturb anything in case 'mommy' cat was on her way back. However, on returning to the green on their way home the kitten was still there and mewing. My Sister was concerned because the green is right by the side of a busy road and to make matters worse - the Council workmen had just arrived with the big industrial mowing machines. The kitten was 'rescued' and has taken up residence.

This was Lexi on Sunday when I visited...
...she was standing guard over her "baby"...and this is the little bundle of fluff...
 ...who just wanted to play with the camera lens so it was very difficult to get a reasonable photo...
 ...she is very happy in her travel cage as although Lexi has taken to her, she is a lot bigger than the kitten and could hurt her unintentionally...
 ...although saying that - this little bundle is quite able to 'bash' any inquisitive doggy noses that come too close...
...and in the space of a week, this little madam has grown considerably - probably because she has been getting food on a regular basis...
...isn't she a cutie...
...she is also so amusing to watch. The yellow felt mouse that you can see in the photo was given a good 'killing' and then thrown in the litter tray to be used as a pillow.

Lexi has found that she can get her tongue through the cage and can reach the food plate - it was quite funny watching her 'clean' the remains off the plate whilst squidged up as close as she could get.

Since my Sister has had Lexi, it has been clear that she is not fond of cats. She and Kiya (my Sister's Persian) stay away from each other. However, perhaps because she 'found' this little one she seems to be quite taken with it.

So now you have been introduced to the latest addition to the family and Gizmo (yep, that's what she has been named) is settling in nicely.......................................................................

Monday, 23 May 2016

Getting my...

...GROOVI on.

I have said before, I love Parchment craft but I am not a 'Parcher' - I don't have the patience. However, when Barbara Grey brought out the GROOVI plates I thought here was something that I could do as I used to enjoy light-box embossing and over recent months I've acquired a plate or three and a few parchment tools. I've only dabbled but I've enjoyed what I've done and surely that is one of the main reasons to craft - to enjoy it.

Joanne Pearson teaches parchment craft at Pinnacle Crafts and she mentioned that she was having a GROOVI plate lesson. I booked a place and Saturday was the day.

Starting off with a selection of plates and tools...
 ...as you can see here (Platemate, Holly border, nested shape and a winter scene plate) and using some parchment paper...
 ...some glitter paper and a few water-based pens. This is what I came up with...
 ...a Winter scene of my own making. This is where the fun of using the GROOVI plates is, because you can mix & match plates taking bits from different designs to create the effect you are aiming for.

I think if I do this scene again, I will make the snowy areas a bit 'whiter'.

My second piece was a mix of a frame plate, lettering from the Platemate...
...and a mix of snowflakes from the Winter plates that I got last year (just before Christmas).

This piece isn't finished as I need to add some sparkle.

Both pieces were "cut out" using an edging tool - first time I had tried this. I wouldn't say that my edges were the neatest but it was fun learning something new.

I may not have been the most productive individual there but I did enjoy the day - thank you Joanne, it was interesting doing something outside of my normal comfort zone..........................................

Friday, 20 May 2016

The Clock Face Garden...

...was rather disappointing.

The area between Canary Wharf station and the main road was called the "Clock Face Garden"...
 ...but as you can see, it is a paved walkway with clocks on top of posts...
 ...and all the clocks are exactly the same. I actually found the view of these two skyscrapers more impressive...
 ...as the clouds, sky and other buildings could be seen in the reflections on the sides of the buildings. Even the domed entrance to the station seemed more interesting...
...as it didn't actually look like a station.

It must be about 20 years since I last went to Canary Wharf and things have certainly changed. I'm just glad that the weather was good enough for me to enjoy my wander and I was able to get a few photos.

I wonder how many years will pass before I visit again.............................................

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Water music...

...in the City.

I think I was so concerned with finding where I needed to go that I completely missed this lot in the morning.

The sound of this cascade was quite loud...
 ...but it created an area of calm in amongst the traffic...
 ...the water was certainly gushing with some force. Behind the wall of cascading water was a large open area...
 ...with this huge fountain...
...the sound of the water was lovely - what a lovely thing to be able to look out at from your office or go and sit by just to enjoy the dancing jets and the sound.

If I hadn't wanted to get home, I could have stayed and enjoyed this for much longer..........................

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

What topsy turvey weather...

...we are having lately.

It makes it so difficult to know how to dress when the Weather Folk are getting it so wrong all the time. It is also very off putting to be told all week that the weather is going to turn bad only to have the forecast change right at the last minute or for it to come as a surprise to the 'experts' that what they predicted didn't happen - The week before May Day Bank Holiday weekend was a prime example. The so called experts forecast "snow" on what turned out to be the hottest day so far at that point of the year.

So you can imagine my problem on Monday, the forecast wasn't good but it turned out to be a glorious day.

I had to attend a meeting at Canary Wharf and I wasn't exactly sure where I was going but I had my map and printed instructions and it turned out to be a very pleasant walk. On the way I came across this...
...I'm not exactly sure what it is supposed to represent but it looked quite impressive in the middle of the road. This pretty flower bed and statue were part of the gardens at Westferry Circus...
 ...the flowers were fabulous...
...and there were quite a few folk sitting out in the sunshine. This was the view looking back the way I had just come...
 ...the heat was causing a haze around some of the taller buildings. Back at the entrance to the gardens was a monument type pillar either side of the walkway...
 ...the tree-lined West India Road looked lovely in the sun and the haze couldn't diminish the view of the main tower block at Canary Wharf...
...I could have quite happily spent the day sitting in the gardens but unfortunately, I had a meeting to attend. I did get some more photos on my walk back to the station but I'll save those for tomorrow.............................................................