Sunday, 26 July 2015

Anyone been to Mongolia?

A surprise postcard
popped through my
letter box last week.
The surprise card was from
my good friend's  HUSBAND Trevor 
who has taken a trip by himself and
he remembered :-)
Marilyn is a lovely lady who I have known
for about 37 years , lost touch and a few
years ago we reconnected.
Reconnected through our sons who both joined the
Royal Air Force and they were based at the same camp
and bumped into each other. Small world.
Marilyn has given Trevor my address and he has been
sending a few cards .. Thank you Trevor.
Certainly go to places I have never thought of going.

Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for its vast, rugged expanses and its nomadic people.
Its capital, Ulaanbaatar,
centres  around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) Square,
 named after  the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire.

TREVOR said "Following in the footsteps of Genghis Khan :-)"

 Thank you Trevor, certainly is an interesting postcard for my collection..

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Let's start from the very beginning .... Trip to Austria

And our first stop (at night) was
Trier is a fabulous city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle.
The city  lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of red sandstone
in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg and within the important Moselle wine region.

My friend Linda and I were on our first Formula 1 trip to Austria but our third F1 trip together.
And this trip was more than just F1.
I couldn't believe we were going to Trier as someone special lives near there.
My second cousin Julian and his wife Jeannine and I had never met them.
As soon as I found out I contacted him by FB and we had a date!!

We texted each other as I was travelling nearer , got into the hotel , 5 minutes to sort myself
out (I thought)  and I got a phone call from reception .. they were there. Oh my word
it was brilliant.  We had a drink and a acquaintance chat , and they took me out
for a special German meal.  Absolutely super. Sorry no photos of the food.
We got on amazingly .
We shared  Flammkuchen - Alsatian pizza -- Delicious!
 I then  had Jagerschnitzel , which took me straight back to
 the 80's when I lived in Germany for 3 years.
 I have a packet Jager sauce mix ... we used to use these all of the time ..

It was an amazing few hours. Unfortunately I did not have time to meet
their children ..NEXT time hopefully. (Their eldest son was very
curious as to who this member of the family was)
. I have also met the eldest second cousin Steven  and his family  (In London) and have to return to Italy to meet the youngest Sara and her family.
I did go to Italy last year (F1) but
unfortunately timings were not good)
Who needs an excuse to go to Italy -- NOT me :-)
I will show you the photos of the city in my next post.
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Sunday, 28 June 2015

A big Thank you to you all ....

NO I am not stopping my blog
but I am going to be so busy this week and maybe the
following week , returning to work after being
after being away over two weeks.
I really might not have time to blog.
I have so much to show still , more of France and even
Italy that I visited last year. And now Austria.
And more Postcards..♥
These are from me to you for all your support and lovely comments.
Thank You.
I would just like to say
Thank you to you all
for your support
Really means I lot.

I might have time to do a post this week , I might surprise you!



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Saturday, 13 June 2015

A trip to Bourdeilles - France .. Dreaming of France

This was a difficult post as for a start I had no idea where it was. I knew it was in France , I knew I was with Diane and Nigel but because my computer decided to rearrange all my photos out of their folders I had to sort them out.

It was this little plaque that helped me!!

After a long time researching I found out that he or she was an author.

I have searched and searched and unlike me I cannot find out any info except
that whoever he/she was they wrote books about Bourdeilles.

Must be in the name -- VERY SECRET!!!



The castle of Bourdeilles was firstly a medieval castle, in the end of the 13th, then a Renaissance palace of XVI century, housing an impressive collection of nearly 700 items of antique furnishings. The fortress remained French until 1360 when the treaty of Brétigny ceded the Périgord to the English. - See more at:


I think this Chateau is two different designs or there are two!
I am sure Nigel will be able to help me out on this one . 


I hope you all have a super week . I am off on a trip to Austria
with my Formula 1 friends. I still have to blog about my last trip ..
Italy in September 2014.  Lots to keep me going .
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Postcard from Penrith .....

As most of you know I am a
Formula 1 fan and go on trips
with my friend Linda.
I go with a company called Select Motor Racing and
they are brilliant, so well looked after and great fun.
Well since my first trip two years ago
I have become friends on Facebook with a few
of the  SMR "family" some I have not met
and Wendy is one of them.
Hopefully going to meet up with her
this year sometime.
Wendy sent me a lovely card from Penrith. I have never
been there, passed through on the train ..  

 Here we have the Clock Tower, The Castle , St Andrew's Church
and the The Giant's Thumb ..
The "Thumb" is in St Andrew's Churchyard. Please click on the link to
find out more.  I googled it and found out the alternative name is
Giant's Grave .
A church has stood on this site since 1133, and the present church was built in 1720,
 designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, a pupil of Christopher Wren,
and modelled on St Andrew’s Holborn.
  The Victorian Clock Tower erected in 1861, is
   known as the 'Musgrave Monument' and
commemorates the death of Philip Musgrave of Eden Hall.
Big Thank you to Wendy ..
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Monday, 1 June 2015

An Old Sign in France ...

When I was on my trip 1 year ago
with Diane and Nigel
we did a lot of sightseeing ..
and as you know in France you
can see so many different things.
And one is the old signs .
We came across this sign . (wonder if Diane remembers)
Diane has a few blogs , here is a link to her PhotoDiary.
BYRRH  is an aromatised wine-based apéritif made of red wine, mistelle, and quinine. Created in 1866, it was popular as a French apéritif.
With its marketing and reputation as a "hygienic drink", Byrrh sold well in the early 20th century. It was even exported, despite the similarity of its name to "beer", complicating sales in English- and German-language speaking regions
Brothers Pallade and Simon Violet, drapers from Thuir (France), decided to take advantage of the wine fever in the region to develop an apéritif wine flavored with cinchona. They mixed dry wines and mistelles and initially marketed the resulting product as a health drink or tonic. This was because the local apéritif producers were displeased about competition with their established brands.
Rebranding the brothers' aperitif as a health drink got around this problem, and Byrrh was sold in pharmacies
Interesting as I was doing my google search
I came across a sign just like the above  
 being  sold on Etsy..!! (click on link)
and an interesting
post HERE using Byrrh in a cocktail.
Enjoy if you do make a Cocktail !!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Tulips from Amsterdam or is it a Postcard?

My great friend Diane and her husband Nigel
went off on their travels again .

Taking in Amsterdam amongst other places
They went to quite a few different towns , go and have a read!!!
They saw interesting places.

 Here we have  the intersection of the
 Brouwersgracht and Herengracht canals in Amsterdam.
Brouwersgracht is part of the canal belt connecting the Singel, Herengracht, Keizergracht and Prinsengracht and marks the northern border of the canal belt. 
The canal served as a site for ships returning from Asia with spices and silks, and  Brouwersgracht had many warehouses and storage depots for the ships inventories. Breweries were also prevalent in the area due to the access to fresh water shipments. Today the warehouses are now apartments, some of the most expensive in Amsterdam.,

Herengracht  is the first of the three major canals in the city centre of Amsterdam, and is named after the heren regeerders who governed the city in the 16th and 17th century. The most fashionable part is called the Golden Bend, with many double wide mansions, inner gardens and coach houses on Keizersgracht. Samuel Sarphati (1813-1868) lived at the house at number 598 and Peter the Great stayed at the house at number 527 during his second visit to Amsterdam.
Thank you Diane , looks like you and  Nigel had a great trip.
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