Thursday, 30 June 2016

Hamilton | Bermuda

Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda
and easily accessible from all over the island by public transport.
The Commercial District is just like anywhere else
and not worth photographing.
However, a 30 minute stroll reveals plenty of areas that are worth photographing.
 As well as housing administrative offices, City Hall is home to
two art galleries and a performance hall. 
 The Cabinet Building is home to Bermuda's upper house of
Parliament, the Senate.  The Cenotaph is in the grounds.
 The Sessions House and Jubilee Clock Tower is where the 
House of Assembly (the lower house of Parliament) meets
and the Supreme Court convenes.  It was built to commemorate 
the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.    
 The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is imposing and stands out
amongst Bermuda's white-topped buildings. 
Work began on the cathedral in 1884 and it wouldn't look out of place 
in any European city.
 Climbing 155 steps affords a heavenly view (ahem)
across Hamilton and the harbour.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Snap #19

We have a neighbour's gardener working on our side of the wall today,
and that inspired us to get out and tidy up the flowerbeds, do the weeding
and plant out the empty containers that have been looking forlorn for months.  
Which meant a visit to the garden centre.





Sunflowers, lavender and agapanthus.

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Autism and the Everyday #10

There are some things about autism that are hard to live with.
  It's all relative, because, let's be honest, autism is hard to live with.
Full stop. 
Let's talk food
and specifically, the presentation of it.
We're fortunate in that The Boy Child is a good eater.
He likes what he likes,
although it can be difficult to get him to try new foods.
(I don't necessarily think that is autism-specific.)
However, when faced with a plate of food that isn't served with a sauce,
he insists that nothing must touch.
I realised early on that there was no point in fighting him on this 
and I frequently have to listen to well meaning friends say that
 they wouldn't put up with it if he were their son.
He's not and I do.   

Monday, 27 June 2016

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
***
There really is nothing quite like
 meeting a new baby.

You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

Friday, 24 June 2016

What Caught Her Eye #17

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"Tread softly,
because you tread on
my dreams."
~ W. B. Yeats 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Snap #18

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
***
I admit to becoming a little obsessed while in Bermuda;
I was on the prowl for the perfect image of a palm tree. 




The first three images were shot on my big camera, a Nikon dSLR D3200.
The last two were taken on my phone. 
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sisters Wot Scraplift

My sister recently sent me a WhatsApp of a scrapbook
page she'd made for my nephew's album.
I liked it so much, I immediately made my own version.
The same but different.
After a bit of searching, I found the original version of this design
on Shimelle's website.
You can see that here (it's near the bottom of the post).

Monday, 20 June 2016

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
***
The term inclusive doesn't always mean that it is.
The gym where I am a member is also the place where 
The Boy Child has his weekly swimming lesson.
Officially, now that he is 9-years-old, he is not allowed in the female changing rooms.
Which is fine, if The Brainy One accompanies him to his lesson.
But on those days when he is unavailable, where is The Boy Child supposed to go?
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Autism precludes The Boy Child from changing into his swim kit, securing his belongings, not losing the locker key, drying himself properly, and repacking his bag without supervision.
  There are no disabled facilities in the gym and the Swim Manager says that she has never been asked that question before. 

You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

Friday, 17 June 2016

What Caught Her Eye #16

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"Life is not meeasured by the number
of breaths we take -
but the number of things that
take our breath away -
~ Anon.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Out On The Water | Bermuda

During the Summer season (which begins on Bermuda's National Day: 24 May),
a ferry runs from St. George's to the old Royal Naval Dockyard
(now home to the Cruise Ship Terminal). 
The journey takes about 35 minutes and covers around twelve miles of open water. 





I forgot to take a photo of the actual ferry.
It originally came from Rhode Island in the USA,
hence the flying of the Stars and Stripes.
I loved the whole trip (and the return leg),
and I'm not usually one for open water.
It probably helped that both the sky and the sea were shades of blue 
that most Brits can only dream of.


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Snap #17

On Saturday, we headed up to Hyde Park
to see the new art installation outside the Serpentine Gallery.
This year's piece has been designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels
and is entitled 'Unzipped Wall.' 
 





Despite the weather being on the miserable side, it was still attracting a lot of attention.
Naturally, I would have preferred blue sky as a background to my photos,
but it was still worth a visit.
And it's free.

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

St. George's | Bermuda

Oh Bermuda, you didn't disappoint.
You were everything I hoped you'd be
... and more.
 St. George's was Bermuda's first settlement and founded in 1612,
although the islands were discovered 
by survivors of a shipwreck in 1609.  
In 2000, the town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
putting it on a par with India's Taj Mahal and Liverpool's iconic Waterfront.  
 St. Peter's, Their Majesties Chappell dates back to 1620
and has the distinction of being the oldest
continuously operating Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere.
 It is also, apparently, Bermuda's most photographed landmark.
A separate graveyard for slaves and free blacks is a 
poignant reminder of Bermuda's segregated past. 
 Erected in 1620, the Old State House was the home of Bermuda's first Parliament,
the third oldest in the world after Iceland and England.
When Parliament moved to Hamilton in 1815, the building
became home to the Masonic Lodge.
The Masonic Lodge St. George No. 200 still uses the building today,
and every April holds a ceremony to mark the payment of rent to the Mayor 
... one peppercorn.   
 The Unfinished Church is exactly that, unfinished.
Begun in 1874, it was intended as a replacement for St.Peter's.
However, as it neared completion, construction was halted by
storm damage and disagreements within the church community. 
 St. George's was the nearest town to our hotel and we visited several times.
You could easily spend a whole day wondering about,
but it's probably best not to visit on a Sunday, because everything is closed. 

Monday, 13 June 2016

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
***
The world doesn't end if, in preference to the ironing,
I decide to go for a manicure.

 You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

Friday, 10 June 2016

What Caught Her Eye #15

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"A room without books
is a body without a soul."

~ Cicerco
{I had this quotation on a bookmark
.  The Brainy One borrowed it and promptly left it on a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.}  

Thursday, 9 June 2016

One Photo | Twenty Words

For some reason, he wasn't very reassured
when we promised that we'd be back
 to collect him before flying home.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Snap #16 | Sports Day

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
***
Just before half-term at the end of May,
 The Boy Child's year group held its Sports Day.
There were several differences to how 
Sports Day had been run at his previous school. 
 This year, for the first time, he competed in some new events.
Shot put, anyone? 
 He ran in the 200M, having never run past 50M competitively before. 
 {but he still took time to smile for the camera}
He didn't win any medals this year, but did say that he'd had a great time.
Sounds like a win to me. 
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Things He Says | The Question of Sport Edition

Him: "Do you remember when Giggs scored that goal against Arsenal in April '99?"
Me: "Um, no."
Him: "Yeah, you do. He took his shirt off and was all hairy." 
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