Thursday, July 17, 2014

Simply Irresistible, London

When Anita from Castles, Crowns and Cottages announced the Europe: Simple Irresistible Link Party, I was so excited.  Anita is one of my favorite friends in the Land of Blog and everything that she does is so lovely.

July 18 thru July 25th you can tour Europe through the eyes of your favorite bloggers.  Just stop by Anita's place and visit all the links to Europe.

For me it meant an opportunity to reopen the pages of my scrapbook about London and tour old memories with my daughter Ashley.

She was just twelve years old and seeing London was amazing, but seeing it through her eyes is unforgettable.  Thanks to Ashley, we got tickets for the double-decker bus and toured London effortlessly.

Ashley is a grown woman now with two children of her own.  Someday she will experience the joy of sharing adventures with her children.

Simply Irresistible is a chance to share some of my favorite memories.

I remember the thrill that I got when we drove passed Berkeley Square.  Our driver pointed it out and suddenly that old tune, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square was serenading me.

Like postcards from an old friend, each page of my scrapbook reminded me of the sights and sounds of London.

Our hotel was just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, which meant strolls along daffodil lined paths leading to the Palace and meeting up with some old friends for lunch.

Of course we had to see the Queen.

Taken at Madame Tussauds

The London Eye is so amazing and her incredible views...

Convent Gardens was amazing, with the colorful shopping, and the awesome street performers,

 We shopped in the marketplace and brought home wonderful treasures.  Ashley selected a sign for our home with our name.  That sign still graces our home in Boston, and makes me smile every time I walk up the path to our door.

We took a train ride from Victoria Station to Windsor to see my old friend Susan, and have tea in Windsor, 

and visited Windsor Castle.

Speaking of Castles...crowns and cottages, I want to thank you Anita for hosting such a fun event.

Now grab something sweet from Harrods and be on your way to visit all the wonderful places in Europe linked to Antia's blog, Castles, Crowns, and Cottages.


Thank you for allowing me to take you on a tour through our memories of seeing the magic of London.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Secret Garden, A Party and A Surprise

I felt just like a little girl this morning, going into a secret garden and picking a bouquet of glorious flowers.

It was just me and the butterflies, bees and beautiful blue skies.

The Secret Garden that I found last winter continues to blossom with joy.

Speaking of joy,  I am traveling back to Boston to host my daughter, Sarah's bridal shower.  I promise to take lots of photos to share.

Now for another party surprise.  It's a blogging party hosted by Anita from Castles, Crowns and Cottages. Anita hosts Simply Irresistible every year and this year is all about Europe.

Beginning July 18th thru the 25th of July, you will be able to tour Europe through the eyes of your favorite bloggers.

It's quite perfect timing for me, because I will be tending to the last minute details of Sarah's shower all next week.

We'll be on the road back home this weekend, and I will be having a lovely post to share about London for Anita's party, beginning on Friday, July 18th.  I will be leaving the post up for the duration of Europe: Simply Irresistible.

I hope that you enjoyed the bouquet of images I picked just for you.

See you on Friday, and if you would like to write a post about Europe for the party, please stop by Anita's and tell her to include you.