November 23, 2012

Train travel & Glastonbury carnival

I love long train journeys, flying past hedges & houses, fields & forests. 
no distractions, time to think, to sit and read or just watch the world go by. 
Glimpses of inspiration, this time around all shrouded in mist. 
Time spent travelling far away from my quiet country lanes 
down to the bustling south for precious time with my lass. 
Time for catching up, planning Christmas days & get togethers.
We even squeezed in a visit to Glastonbury annual Carnival
 After tea, cake & a wander around the lovely town (with a vow to return)
we waited with 100's of others lining the streets, not knowing what to expect!
What a treat was in store, what sights met our eyes, well worth the wait.
 The largest illuminated parade of its kind in the UK and Europe.
 Entries from local businesses & folk from all around the region,
A spectacular parade of huge illuminated floats & wagons
decked with mechanical moving parts, amazing sets & piping music as they went
 fantastic costumes, mysterious creatures & such enthusastic people on board
  It was bright & bold & noisy & not my usual cup of tea at all.
But I loved it, so much to see & take in & every entry had a different theme.
An awful lot of hours and hard work had gone into everything.
 Themes ranged from Sweeney Todd to the Polar Bear Queen!
But my most favourite of all was  the "Dickens Christmas!

Huge moving characters and wonderful choreography.
Such an amazing effort, very magical & moving too.  
I think over 100 entries in total that took over two hours to pass by.

video

I had to share my wee video althought the quality is rather poor
I do hope you get a feel of the size of the puppets & the atmosphere created.
Very worth the trip to Glastonbury to see!
(If you click on the images above you can have a closer peep)
ps: A big hello to all my new followers too x 

More images from the parade can be found here 

November 07, 2012

A treasury of winged wonders . . .

A treasury of winged wonders from makers on Etsy

I wish i had wings to fly
such fantastical journeys i would take,
to worlds far away
filled with wonder & magic.

click on each image below to follow the link to the creation

November 06, 2012

Family traditions, bonfire night

I do so love family traditions.
Like our Redden family bonfire night get together.
Every year we all gather together at one or another of our houses
 (as many as of us that can make it, for we are spread far & wide)
 Sharing the warmth of the crackling bonfire & sparkling fireworks
Eating the homemade goodies that everyone brings to munch.
Catching up chatter and laughter and swapping the stories of our days.
There is something very special about the coming together
at this end of the darkening year, sharing warmth & food.

This year we even had an extra visitor,
Amy noticed the fire monster, see top left!