Friday, June 23, 2017

Gadding About with the Glassblower

Glass blown butterflies. 
On our recent Viking River Cruise there was always a program after dinner.  This particular night a local German glassblower was featured.  He demonstrated making a few pieces of glass, and he had a number of items he had made available for purchase.
The Glass Blower. 
I couldn't resist this pretty necklace in my favorite color.

Christmas ornaments.

Beautiful birds.

An elephant for Debbie.

He was an expert craftsman, and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance and the lovely blown glass pieces he had made.

Below is a video of him demonstrating his craft.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Gadding About at the World's Most Famous Cemetery

Jim Morrison's grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. 
On our last day in Paris, passengers on the Viking Tour were visiting either the Palace of Versailles or Montmartre both of which Virginia and I had seen on previous trips to Paris, so we decided to spent Sunday afternoon on our own and do something we had not done.  My son Patrick had suggested that I try to visit the grave of Jim Morrison and neither of us had been to the Pere Lachaise cemetery.  Pere Lachaise is the most famous cemetery in the world and there are a lot of famous people buried there.  So we headed out.

I called up Uber for a ride out to the cemetery which is on the east side of Paris, quite a way from our hotel.  We were let out at the main gate and the guards there told us it would be a 20 minute walk in and 20 minute walk out if we wanted to see Jim Morrison's grave.  We set out, Virginia pushing her walker over cobblestone paths.  We had no map, but as we would meet people we would ask "Where's Jim Morrison's grave?" and they would point in a northerly direction toward the other end of the cemetery.
Because of all the trees, there were beautiful shadows and light interspersed among the graves. 
After about two hours of walking (we were going at a pretty slow pace and actually stopped periodically to rest on benches) we found the grave site.  There were a number of folks visiting it.  I believe it is the most visited grave in the cemetery where there are many famous people buried including Proust, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and others.  
Chopin's grave. 
Fortunately we did not have to walk back the way we entered.  After finding the grave we were very near the back entrance to the cemetery and it was a short walk out where we hailed another Uber and made our way back to our hotel.  Our trek was quite strenuous, especially for my friend Virginia who is 86 and who was pushing her walker over the cobblestones the whole way.  If we had only known we could have asked to be taken to the back entrance to the Pere Lachaise cemetery.  Oh well, we made it.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lobster Dinner for Mother's Day

I was in Cape Breton for Mother's Day and my friends Frances and Norman invited me and Michealette, Frances' mother over for dinner.  I knew we would be in for a treat, because Frances is a great cook, but when I heard that we were having lobsters that was beyond my expectations.

The weather had been pretty lousy most of the week that I had been in CB, but on Sunday the sun came out and it was a lovely day as we drove over to Hay Cove, near St. Peters, for dinner.
She got the lobster precooked from a place near her house.  Delish. 
The potato salad was exceptional and beautifully presented.
Lobster was served to me in a Celtic designed dish that Frances made. 
Bread was served on cute little personally sized bread boards.  
The pretty table.  
Michealette and I ready for Frances and Norman to join us at the table.
Frances and Norman are the most wonderful hosts, and it meant a lot for me to have Mother's Day Dinner with them this year. Thank you Frances and Norman.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gadding About at the City Club of Raleigh

My friend Jeanette invited me to lunch earlier this week at the City Club of Raleigh where her son David works part-time.
Jeanette and her son David.  
It was a treat: the ambiance quiet, the decor contemporary, and the varied selection of food delicious.  We were greeted cordially by Carla, Manager of the dining room, who gave us a tour of the Club before we had lunch.

Contemporary decor. 
We had lunch in the 919 dining room.  Named for the area code here in Raleigh.

From the 28th and 29th floors of the Wells Fargo Building there are magnificent views out across the city.

The ballroom on the 29th floor provides a stunning venue for a special party or wedding. 

Thanks Jeanette and David for a wonderful lunch, and thanks Carla for your gracious hospitality.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gadding About at Leila's Birthday Party: The Food

In my last post about Leila's first birthday party, I mentioned that the food was so special that I had to devote a separate post to it.  Casey had chosen a "woodland" or "forest" theme for the party, and she, her mother, and her grandmother prepared the food perfectly to fit this theme.  It was really quite a spread---and delish!

The vegetable tray with dip was created to look like an owl.  Very clever.
Forest friend, the owl.
Forest berries. 

Left:  Ham and cheese logs.  Right : Trees. 

Cheese ball to look like a porcupine.

Rainbow trout fish. 
Of course if you go camping in the forest, you will want to have a campfire to cook the hotdogs.  Gather up some twigs to get the flames going.
Hotdogs with all the trimmings.  
The dessert table continued with the woodland or forest theme: cupcakes to resemble mushrooms or ones covered with moss, and candy to represent "bear poop".
The dessert table.  
Bear poop candy made by RaRa (Photo by Kelly Snellings.)

Casey is so creative, and I'm already looking forward to Leila's Second Birthday Party.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gadding About at Leila's Birthday Party

Enjoying her first birthday cake!
My little great grand niece, Leila, turned one and she had a grand birthday party in Shelby and I was there.  What fun!
Leila with her daddy Adam. 

Leila with her mommy Casey. 
Her RaRa (grandmother) Kelly taking photos of the birthday girl. 
Her cousin Cason was there. 
Cousin Brayton (Bays) with his mom Kristin. 
The presents. 

The food was a whole new experience for me at a child's birthday party.  I'll devote another blog to that.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art

Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art sponsored by PNC.  

What an exciting weekend I've had gadding about in Raleigh and Cary.  I've taken in the Young Life Run/Walk, had ice cream at the Grand Opening of Local Fresh Ice Cream in Cary, but I believe the highlight was the beautiful Art in Bloom Exhibit at the NC Museum of Art that I took in this morning. .  The floral arrangers were to show their inspiration based upon a work of art at the Musuem. Without further ado, I'll just share some photographs of the beautiful floral arrangements exhibited.

Cream whites.  

Based on the painting to the right of the two saints. (One of my favorites.)

The Director's Award based on painting on the right.  
Closeup of the Director's Award.  

An outdoor arrangement. 

I'm already looking forward to the exhibit next year.