En Grasse, el Museo del Perfume, Notre-Dame-du-Puy


El autobús que bordea las colinas cercanas a Cannes se desplaza entre rosas y lavandas que alternan con jazmines y mimosas: Grasse se asemeja a un laberinto empedrado con notable influencia italiana y fue el lugar donde Catalina de Médici promovió el empleo de guantes perfumados en el siglo XVI. Desde esta época, la industria creció y se desarrolló hasta que el poblado obtuvo con justicia su fama como centro mundial del perfume.

De Grasse se obtienen las esencias que las narices más importantes utilizan para la creación de exquisitas fragancias, verdaderas tentaciones para quienes somos devotos de aromas y elixires. Toneladas de flores se cultivan anualmente con este propósito, o bien se importan como en el caso del patchouli para elaborar las codiciadas notas orientales: no hay tienda que se precie en Grasse que no exhiba aguas de flores, potpourris y bolsitas de lavanda.

La Edad Media ya daba…

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Ayutthaya ruins and other images


We now present various images taken in the Ayutthaya area in Thailand.

The artistry and craftsmanship in these stone buildings and statuary are truly impressive.

A tropical sky and humid air in May, 2018.

As we shall see, a tourist might call Thailand the land of 10,000 Buddha statues.

Earlier, seen through the tinted glass of a tour bus, this roadside stupa was photographed.

My wife, Lucy, on holiday, enjoying the tour of the ruins.

A seated Buddha in stone.

Perhaps, there has been some damage to the original stone work here.  We doubt this is modern abstract art on display.

More of the grounds and the humid sky above.

Another nearby and related view.

This tower is reminiscent of Angkor Wat in Cambodia or some of the elaborate Hindu temples in the south of India.

This appears to be one of the images taken by my brother-in-law and using…

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Peony Petals

Friendly Fairy Tales


sun-filled petals,
scalloped and scented,
soft as new baby’s skin

Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham

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monkey see monkey


while i was under
they flashed the whole thing on a screen
from earliest deep till
what’s that phrase? kingdom come
it’s all in the noodle (subject to retrieval)
‘n’ kept whispering in my ear
there’d be no pain when i woke
‘n’ i’d be sure to like the changes
strange how i was out don’t know how long
‘n’ yet could hear ’em

ma doesn’t know how long either
but says now i look like something
others pulled the feathers off
‘n’ she has a point even if she stretches
they did remove a lot of hair
‘n’ it won’t grow back shaggy
cool most places ‘specially round the you know
but i’m warming to the idea of
distinguished sexy savvy

i saw myself in the river
‘n’ there’s no scar on the skull
no marks on my jaws
my legs wow! arty as a giraffe’s
‘n’ a straight…

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First Night Design | Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow #2 days left! // First Night Design

© Channel 4

© Channel 4

I meant to write this post two or three weeks ago but I forgot all about it. You have two days only (tonight and tomorrow) to catch up on iPlayer [the UK only] with a programme that ‘stars’ my family’s railway carriage and the writer of this blog!

Episode 2 shows the incredible work done by talented volunteers on restoring our Oldbury carriage which dates from 1864. It is part of a series called Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow. Channel 4 bankrolled the series enabling four carriages around the country to be restored to their former glory. I am interviewed first by Henry Cole and then by Peter Snow.

I don’t think it will spoil the watching of it if I give you a little of the back story, most of which is not included in the programme.

After the Second World War and with my maternal grandfather having been killed in 1940, my grandmother bought a house in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight which had a large garden and an overgrown orchard. At the bottom of this orchard was a dilapidated railway carriage. She later sold the house and garden leaving the path that led to the orchard and carriage. In the 1960s and early ’70s, this shabby beauty became the setting for all our childhood holidays. It was glorious. It felt and still does when I look back on those years like we were part of an exciting Enid Blyton adventure, not that I was ever very fond of Blyton. I was more of a ‘Chalet’ girl myself!

© Pete Jardine 1980s

© Pete Jardine 1980s – one of the passionate volunteers at Havenstreet

My brother and I were both grown and my grandmother in her grave when my parents decided in the mid-1980s to donate the carriage to the organisation that is now The Isle of Wight Steam Railway and replace it with a Scandinavian log house. The land and log house were sold by my brother in 2001; it saddens me greatly that this part of my history is no longer in the family.

It is my love of the Isle of Wight and the memories of those times that have brought me down here to live.

Take care and keep laughing!


Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow #2 days left! // First Night Design

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Buddha: black and white image taken in Thailand


This image, in black and white, was taken this past May when my wife was on holiday in Thailand.  I think this is from the Ayutthaya area, an ancient Thai capital that has many stone ruins.

This is a stunning image of religious art in sculptured stone that has survived for hundreds of years.

copyright 2018 – larrysmusings.com

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6th Stop


From Atherton Tablelands, it took us 2 days to reach out next destination. Leaving Yungaburra, we drove along Curtain Fig Tree Road and got onto the Atherton Malanda Road which would take us down off the High Country and back to the East Coast bringing us out at Innisfail.

Below is a photograph of the Curtain Fig Tree found in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. The large fig tree is unique because the extensive aerial roots, that drop 15m to the forest floor, have formed a ‘curtain’.

We now followed the coast line south on Bruce Highway A1, spending the night at Mission Beach.  Once we had set up camp we went for a drive to get a feel for the place. I thought before arriving we may perhaps stay a few nights but I just wasn’t getting that vibe, so we left early in the morning.

We arrive at Stop…

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