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Saturday, 23 August 2014

A New Painting!!

We took our dirty pants round to the launderette yesterday after work and while they were washing we went for a short walk.  On the way, we found an Art Expedition in a church hall and it was still open so we went in.  It was a local art group called Du Pont (but they only meet during the day when Andrea's working) - but we found this watercolour print for sale for £20 and we liked it so much that we bought it!!
Andrea says she has a frame just the right size for it too!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Arcade games and fish!!!

 Andrea took me into work today because she said we were doing something fun afterwards!!

 Oh, now we've been here before!!!

 There's the Royal Pavilion!!   I love this building!!
We met up with Sir Woodstock outside the giftshop - because he's done so much walking today, he was having a ride in his Mummy's bag. Very sensible!!
 First of all we went over to Brighton Pier!!!

 Its fun here!!  Of course, we had to play the arcade games for a while!!!

 I won a red dolphin keychain!!!  Sir Woodstock was playing on another machine so we'll show you his prize later!

 Then we went over the road to Harry Ramsden's for dinner - it's good in there, you know!

 Me and Sir Woodstock sat down for a chat while the grown ups decided what they were going to eat.  That rubber duck is Sir Woodstock's prize and it has bear brown patches on!!

 excuse me a minute......sluuuuurrrp.... ah, that's better!

Standard Cod and Chips!!  Andrea couldn't finish all the chips so she let met dunk the rest in the beer.  Yummers!!!
What a fun evening!!

Monday, 18 August 2014

We met Woodstock!!!

 When Andrea got home from work today, she said we were going to meet someone.  Oh!!!

 We walked up the road and waited outside Orsino's, and Italian restaurant that does really good pizza

 OH!!!  Look who it is!!  It's Sir Woodstock!!!
He has a brilliant bow tie, with a cowbell on it that goes clang, clang!! I want one of those!!

 Sir Woodstock said that I was allowed a beer today, so I did!!!  hahahhaaaa! HIC

 And then we had a pizza which was yum, and we ate all of it!!!
After dinner, me and Sir Woodstock decided that we'd meet up for fish and chips on Wednesday!
Then we gave him some bookcrossing books to take home so he can have a bedtime story tonight.  I think he was pleased about that!

 When we got home, Andrea said I could open the prezzie that Sir Woodstock gave me!  It's in a spiffy Tote bag with a terrier doggie on it!

 Oh!  There's more in here...!

 Coffee and chocolate!!!!!!!  YAAAYYY!!

And we also got a huge wad of card to make stuff with!! What a brilliant present!!!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Canadian Drain Covers!!

Alexander MacKenzie Bear found two more Canadian drain covers - that one has Aero chocolate bubbles on it!!!

And that one has frogs on it!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Movie review - "Claude Monet a Giverny/La Maison d'Alice"

Movie review number 27

This DVD is the other one I got at the Monet museum in Paris last May.  It's narrated in French but you can have English subtitles if you want (which I did!)  This documentary tells the story of Monet's move to Giverny with his second wife, Alice (they weren't married at the time) plus his two sons and her six children! It is narrated by means of Alice's letters which were written almost as a story, telling day to day events of work and gardening and holidays.  It tells of their finding of the house in Giverny and the development of the garden, lake and water lilies.  This movie makes a very interesting insight into the family life of Monet and his children from the 1880s up until 1914, just after Alice's death and introduces at the end of the DVD the waterlily tableau's that are now housed at the Orangerie in the Tuilleries in Paris.
It would make more sense to watch this one first, and follow it with the previously reviewed "Les Nympheas: le grand Reve de Monet" (the water lilies: Monet's greatest dream)

This is a lovely DVD, but if you're not so good with spoken French you need to pay attention to read the subtitles... being in white typeface, it's not always easy to read depending on the background!!

7.5 out of 10

Camembert and goat's cheese on toasted baguette!!

Complete non-UK drain covers!

Alexander MacKenzie Bear found this one in Vancouver, Canada!!

 The one above and the one below were both found in Quebec, Canada by my mate Mim!!!  (But there's still a few pictures from France that are AWOL - still looking for those!)

 The one above and the following six were found in Paris in May 2014

Sullivan found this one above in Normandy!

 Well, some of my drain cover pictures have gone missing but I'm still trying to find them on Google Images.  Meanwhile, Hammie found three more in Brittany for me!!! (Above and next two)

And then found these three in Lauwersoog Holland!  (above and next two!)

 The ones above and below were found in Bremen, Germany by my friend Hammie!!  The one below, if you put a coin through the slot in the middle it plays songs for you!!!!  Isn't that great!!!

My friend Emily in Australia emailed me this photo of a drain cover in Wellington, New Zealand!!!  Isn't it brilliant!!!  I'm going to add this in to my collection...!!

 We found this drain cover in Lille, France, in March 2013!!

 I found these ones in Brussels in February 2012!  This shell isn't really a drain cover but it's still rather pretty!!  So far, all these are European except for one.

That's the last Brussels drain (above)!!!

Recently, I got some mail art from a friend called Kaz who lives in Japan.  Kaz sent me a picture of a man hole cover!!!!!
I can't remember where he said it was - I think it was either Japan or LA, but I'll check and update this update later!!!

Hammie went on holiday a while ago and sent me this picture of a drain cover he found!! 
These are French!

Hammie sent me two more pictures today - he found more drain covers on his camera!!  This one is from Amien in France...

And this one is also from Amien in France!!!

Last week, Andrea got out some old photographs from a trip she took to Barcelona.  She went there before she met me, which is why I didn't go.  But she showed me a picture of a Spanish drain cover she found there!  It has lots of little pictures all over it!!!

She also showed me this picture in Barcelona.  She found this on the pavement/sidewalk but she's not sure if it's a drain cover or not. 

She says it might be a fancy sundial or something...

My friend Hammie went on vacation in the Brittany area of France (August 2011).  Because he knows that I like looking at drain covers, he took lots of pictures of different French ones and said I could post them here!
I'm not sure what towns they're in but maybe he'll tell us!

This one looks like a telephone cover!!

A circle inside a rectangle!  We don't get those in England!

This one's almost a Fleur De Lys design!!

A spotty one!  It has measles!

That looks a little bit like the English Gas covers...

I think Hammie said these three are from St Malo.....

Wow!!  Those are pretty!!  Thank you for sending those, Hammie!!!

This one was recently found in Prague, Czech Republic by my friend Sullivan McPig (he has his own blog too, listed on right).  He took a photo of it specially for this collection!

I found this one (above) in Groningen, Holland back in February 2011 and has the Martini Tower on it!

These ones are from Groningen, too!