Friday, May 25, 2012

London Summer

London Summer by empresswu designs
London Summer, a photo by empresswu designs on Flickr.

The weather in England suddenly turned hot and sunny last Tuesday , the day we arrived in London. Perhaps summer has arrived, after the cold snap experienced during the last week. I took a break in the cool shade of the beautiful trees on the walk up to Alexandra Palace. The weather remained great for the couple of days we were in Somerset, to meet a long lost Simmons cousin and to follow some other family history leads. We returned to London tonight for an important appointment to see the House of Commons - Grandfather James Simmons was a Member of Parliament, so we are still tracing the footsteps of Simmons ancestors and appreciating the historical sites connected to the family.

Taunton, Somerset

Taunton, Somerset by empresswu designs
Taunton, Somerset, a photo by empresswu designs on Flickr.

Enjoying holidays in England

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day from Manchester

Best wishes on Mothers Day from Manchester, England. This photo was taken in the grounds of Manchester Cathedral. I am really enjoying the short visit in Manchester, trying to take in as much history, sight seeing and visiting arty places as possible before going south to Birmingham on Monday.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Water Inspired Dolls Display

Fish Brooches
Fish, mermaids,  fishermen, water goddesses, ocean creatures and a couple of majestic frogs were all there.
The doll making group I belong to, Hello Dollies, was a featured artist at the Dobell Art and Crafts festival  last weekend. The little colourful fish which were made at one Saturday meeting were the most popular amongst the crowd, with most of them  being sold  on the first day of the festival.  Here are a few images of the dolls on display... no wonder there were lots of oohs and aahs....
Fishermen and  Siren of the Sea  

Water maiden, mermaid and frog prince 

Chubby mermaids 

Water doll, mermaid and sea urchin 


Sea Goddess 

Frog Prince 

Water Maiden

Mermaid, Venetian fisherman and "compass" doll 

"Taking a friend for a walk " - hard to see but the friend is a fish! 

Ocean maiden and beaded face mermaid 

Part of the display 

Promotional photo 

more fish...
It was my job to take down the display. I did so reluctantly. What a wonderful watery world!