Thursday, March 29, 2018

HAPPY EASTER


Hello friends..
March is almost gone, and I don't know where I've been...
St. Patrick's Day was celebrated, as usual, with a touch of green.
And the scarf I bought in Dublin, 2016.



Enjoying my Friday choir rehearsal, in a beautiful old Church building in the City.
Grabbing a quick vocal warming coffee across the street, I enjoy the lovely blue Autumnal sky showing off the church steeple.



My brother has a new home on The Mountain, the area where we had so many day trips with Dad before he passed.  Long time readers might remember all those posts of mountain greenery and Lunches with Dad...  



As it happens, the house they chose has a small flower farm growing Peruvian lilies in every delightful colour.  We all received a gorgeous bunch of lilies to take home, and somebody has found an excellent retirement hobby/business to play with...


I have been dashing about the shops far too much - looking for a suitable coat to take on our next trip.

We are going to Europe, first exploring Vienna for a few days, then joining an Art and Music tour, with a cruise from Berlin to Prague, via Dresden, on the River Elbe.
We will see lots of Operas and Orchestral concerts, and of course art and architecture every day.


Vienna
Berlin


Dresden


After much searching about, I have found what I hope is the perfect Opera Coat/Summer raincoat/windy weather/cold day coat...



It is shower-proof polyester, with a pleated collar/hood (and lovely pleated side pockets).  Best of all, it is completely reversible, plain black on the other side.
The background colour is actually more taupe than the brownish colour of the photograph.  The print reminds me just slightly of Indigenous Australian art, which seems appropriate.

Rosella Namok, Ungkum people, b.1979 'Ngaachi Kincha' 2002
Part of a body painting series, 'Ngaachi Kincha', by Rosella Namok, Ungkum people of Lockhart River, North Queensland.  Currently on display above the Water Mall, Queensland Art Gallery.




Prague
Much of the excitement of any trip is the planning, and I have spent lots of time with the travel agent, and also reading a bit about these beautiful cities.

There is never enough time to see it all!
However, at least with tour guides, we will do our best to immerse ourselves in the European experience.





Blessings
XXXXX

22 comments:

  1. I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend, Patricia. It sounds as if you've been quite busy. A trip to Europe sounds wonderful, and it looks like you've found the perfect coat. The fact it's reversible is a bonus. :-)

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    1. Thank you for popping in Kristie. Busy times, but Easter is good for reflection. Wishing you a peaceful and beautiful time with your lovely family - and a bit of chocolate too. Glad you like the coat :)

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  2. I hope you have a good Easter. Your new coat is beautiful. I'm excited to hear more about your trip. :)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer - I am looking forward to sharing the trip, and hope they give me time to do photos and blog. Easter Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

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  3. Happy Easter Patricia - your trips sounds fabulous, and your coat is stunning - it should be perfect, waterproof, two coats in one, and such an attractive design which looks as if it was inspired by Maori tattoo designs.

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    1. Happy Easter Rosemary. Yes I think the trip looks fabulous too; it took me years to find one I thought we could manage and enjoy which concentrates on our interests. So true re the coat, I agree, definitely resembles the work of the Indigenous painters of New Zealand. Next time there is one at the gallery, I can show off the coat again! :)

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  4. What a perfect opera coat. You must be very excited as your trip draws closer! Happy Easter. Xx

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    1. Hello Jen, and Happy Easter. Very excited about the trip, and so pleased to have found the coat. With luggage weight restrictions these days, one can't take a different coat for every weather possibility!

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  5. Hi Patricia...
    Love your coat...oh, you must be so excited about your trip...
    Bravo to you and Mr Red Cardinal..
    Have a wonderful Easter weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda:o) ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡

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    1. Hi Linda, we are off to the beach for the weekend, a nice break. Even though it is raining. Glad you like the coat - and yes, Bravo to us, it is both exciting and terrifying! Wonder if we will have the stamina. Happy Easter with your lovely family.

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  6. Hi Patricia wishing you and your lovely family a happy and safe Easter my friend xx

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    1. Thank you, and wishing you a Happy Easter too. xx

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  7. Happy Easter, Trish. Your beautiful lillies are my favorite color of vivid blue. Your trip sounds like great fun. How exciting!

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    1. Love that blue! Happy Easter ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฃ

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  8. Wanted to make sure I came by to wish my dear friend a Happy Easter!

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. So happy you did, Sheri. Easter Blessings and Happiness to you and your beautiful family too. love P.

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  9. I wish I could go shopping with you, I love your taste in clothing!
    Love the sound of your trip, seeing art and architecture every day! Wishing you a happy Easter.

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    1. Wow, thank you Kay. When I see a good thing - well, you know how it goes :) Hopefully we will survive the excitements of our trip, it certainly looks wonderful in the brochure. Happy Easter to you.

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  10. How exciting. I love going to Europe, only I want to stay there! Enjoy the planning and anticipation

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    1. I am sure I will want to stay there too...we can only fit so much in a couple of weeks! Lots of wardrobe planning going on, now we have the tour details sorted.

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  11. What a wonderful trip, Patricia! How very exciting! I love the idea of the art and music tour!

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    1. It is exciting Val, and a little bit intimidating too! We have never been on a group tour before, but you only live once :)

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