Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Still dreaming of our trip on the Elbe..
Hi cows of Germany...

Now, where was I?
After the warmest July ever, the roses are happy..

Happy August, and will we see the Annual Westerly Winds which chill us to the bone each August, just before Springtime?

Well, I won't mind if we do, because Mr C bought me a beautiful pink wool coat before we went a-travelling, and it deserves to be worn.

Gustav Klimt
It did not take me long to fall under the spell of Gustav Klimt when in Vienna..

Enamel earrings from the Klimt shop, Vienna

Mr Cardinal is looking much better now, and thanks everybody for their kind wishes.  This week we will go for another X-ray, to be sure his hip fracture has healed.  Hopefully, he can then begin rehabilitation.

 Helping him keep up his strength...

In the meantime, I am taking him out for coffee at the local Village,
and he is working on his family history - and sometimes on mine..

Alfons Mucha

On our final day in Prague, we went on an Art Nouveau tour, which included the Mucha Museum.
Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist who produced many paintings, illustrations, postcards and designs.

I was naturall drawn to the prettiness of his Art Nouveau ladies, which resemble the illustrations in a book of fairy tales I had as a child.

The colours were beautiful but do not photograph well because they are kept in semi-darkness to preserve the delicate quality of these works on paper.

A short walk from the Mucha Museum, we toured the fabulous Smetana hall at the Municipal House, a beautiful historical venue for classical music concerts.
It was built as a tribute to Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.

The hall is a feast for the eye, with wonderful Art Nouveau detailing...

Surrounding the concert hall in the Municipal Building is a series of themed reception rooms,
showcasing Czech art, design, history and culture.

The coffee room..

Municipal House is located on the site of a former Royal Court palace which was demolished in the early 20th century. Municipal House with Smetana Hall were designed by Osvald Polivka and opened in 1912.

If you should happen to find yourself in Prague, a little way behind Smetana Hall is the Hotel Pariz, which has a most elegant Art Deco cafe...

Since I began this post, the Westerly Winds have indeed arrived,
 and it will be 1 degree C. in the morning.

Keep warm, or cool, whatever your weather.


Friday, July 27, 2018


The Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect soldiered on while we were away.
Behold, the first Iris of the season..

We have roses, with a bit of black spot..

Winter is, quite frankly, a bit of a fizzer.
While we are having early mornings down to 2-3 degrees, the maximums have been 26 - 28 degrees!
If this keeps up, the daffodils will refuse to play this year...

These little guys were glad to see us return...

They might be wild birds, but they believe they own us.
They are quite happy to have us walking about and feeding them, but when visitors come there is great consternation, fussing and squawking.
You'd think they'd seen a snake...

Today is my mother's birthday.  
She would be 100 years old if she were still with us.
Mum was a great teacher, and taught me so many things I still enjoy.
Music, sewing, reading, gardening, baking - the list goes on.

This is her portrait as a young woman in her teens.
Happy Birthday Mum...

Some of you may have heard that 12 hours after we returned home from Europe, Mr Cardinal slipped and fell, fracturing his left hip.
He had a week in hospital and is now at home recuperating, unable to put weight on that side for at least six weeks.  There was no surgery needed, just rest and avoidance of any movement which would extend the fracture.  
This is actually very difficult to achieve, but he is very strong-minded and a good patient. 
Another X-ray will be taken in a couple of weeks to check his progress.

Fingers crossed.