Some Views from a Gondala

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Well, it’s a far cry from the Rainbow Hare Makery, the city of Venice. So much so that I’m almost at a loss for what to say or where to begin. So, whilst I collect my thoughts and organise my photos, I will start simply with a selection of views from a gondala :)


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I will be linking this post with Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2018.

Edited to add: Also ‘New to Me’, I hate the way WordPress scrambles up the format and images in a post for email subscribers. It doesn’t seem to be possible to have a page break only in emails so, today, I attempted to solve that by selecting ‘show summary’  for each article in a feed. Now it has emailed not only the whole slideshow in a random layout but also included pictures that are not even in this post :(


Janine @ Rainbow Hare

August – Wandering Camera


Have you linked up with Soma’s Wandering Camera linky party this month? My camera is not usually very good at wandering – most months it gets about as far as the garden – but during August it has been out and about to the point that I’m in danger of never finishing a post! So, today, I’m going to share some pictures of our recent holiday and the chaos of the garden can have a separate post. I’m afraid this post has rather too many photos so I’ve bunched them up into mosaics and I’ll try not to talk about them too much! If you click on the photos, you can see them individually and larger.


The block of photos below includes a miscellaneous selection of views around the centre of Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire, England. It is on the River Severn and 9 miles east of Wales. It is the most stunning example of a largely un-ruined medieval town I’ve ever seen. Whilst many towns and villages have the odd 15th/16th century timber framed building, in Shrewsbury they just go on and on one after another along the narrow cobbled streets. Can you see the way the building in the bottom left photo is leaning! You will probably know of the Battle of Shrewsbury (1403) as the battle between Prince Hal and Hotspur in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 but the town has a very long and illustrious history and you can discover more about it here.

The next two mosaics show Southport – a Victorian seaside town in North West England, on the Irish Sea and about 16 miles from Liverpool. You can learn more about Southport here. The first mosaic shows views of a beautifully preserved Victorian Arcade. If you search ‘Lord Street, Southport’ on google images, you can see iron and glass canopies in a similar styles run along the entire street of shop fronts.

And the next mosaic shows some views taken near the pier. The bottom photo shows Blackpool in the distance, taken from Southport.


Then, moving on, to Liverpool, some pictures of the famous Liver Birds

…some window cleaners?…


…and the docks (more info here)…

And a walk around Hesketh Park (I’m not sure what the bird is)…

…and, finally, onto the Botanic Gardens.

I’m linking this post with the September edition of Wandering Camera at Whims and Fancies.

Happy September!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Of flowers and fairgrounds…


If this were a gardening blog, I should not be short of things to post but I fear it would get very repetitive – weeding, clearing brambles, weeding, clearing brambles, weeding, clearing brambles…Luckily it is not a gardening blog so, for this Wandering Camera post, I will spare you pictures of all the nettles and brambles and just share selective successes!

This year, I thought I’d brighten up the vegetable plot a bit by putting a few canes with sweet peas amongst the marrows/courgettes/squashes and planting a seed tray full of calendulas at the bitter edge of the front bed in front of the Summer onions. We have wooden sleepers dividing the earth from the grass so I usually just have a thin bare strip here. I think it has cheered it up no end :)

Here are some other views of the mainly vegetable area. Although it looks like mostly flowers, really it mostly: marrows, courgettes, squashes, peas, broad beans (over now) climbing beans, runner beans, onions, leeks, garlic, carrots, parsnips, cabbages – and I may have forgotten some things…


And here are some other areas…

And here are some new clogs, which I’m very pleased with. I bought them from ebay and they are made in the EU so they have involved no exploitation of workers in developing countries and they have wooden soles. I was very, very much wanting some shoes with wooden soles because we have a lot of hawthorne in the hedges, with massive thorns, which puncture tyres and pierce right through wellies and most other shoes making them leak and also stabbing my feet with painful frequency. Now, although I said we wouldn’t talk about brambles and suchlike, today, I can at least venture into the more wilderness areas without pain!


My camera did also wander out of the garden on one occasion. To celebrate my Dad’s birthday we had a family outing to a steam fair.


The music was playing from traditional steam organs and lots of the rides and entertainments were especially designed for small children, which was lovely to see as so many modern fairgrounds seem to cater almost exclusively for teenagers and young adults.

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And it was also great to see people of all ages enjoying the larger roundabouts, swing boats and, of course, the big wheel. Along with children of all ages, their parents and a number of pensioners, I went on the big wheel with my Dad and I took some photos of the views as we went round…

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But my very favourite thing of all was the Merry go Round!


And if you’re thinking all that hasn’t left me much time for sewing or yarn projects, I’m sorry to say, you are right. I just about managed to finish a mini quilt for this quarter’s Four-in-Art challenge (more details in my Purple Passion post) and I made a small amount of progress on a rustic lace crochet throw but that was about it.

And, lastly, I took a photo of Fiona, curled up asleep on the edge of my laptop :)


I’m linking this post with Soma at Whims and Fancies for this month’s Wandering Camera linky party.


Be sure to visit to link up your July/August pictures and enjoy all the photos and photography tips :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare