Fabulous Birds and Amazing Animals

Happy Sunday!

In my last post I mentioned that I was about to embark on an extraordinary adventure and it really did exceed any expectation or imagination I had when I wrote that. I travelled to Sri Lanka with Mr RH and two of our sons to go to a wedding that included a church service, a buddhist ceremony (where traditional dancers/acrobats fetched first the groom then the bride) and a reception with the biggest chandeliers I’ve ever seen, a banquet and dancing into the early hours. The other guests wore saris in all colours and gold bangles and it really was exactly like falling into a scene from a fairytale…

Now I am back in the Makery. It is still disguised as a spare bedroom and its contents are still dispersed around the house although it seems like a very long time since all the Christmas guests went home. But how can this not turn into a good making year with such a fortuitous beginning!

Before I set it all back to rights, I am working on my quilt for the next Endeavourers reveal day (February 1st) but that is currently a secret so, instead, I thought I’d share some photos from our visit to Wilpattu National Park. (The following photos are shown in slideshows and, unfortunately, they will not display properly if you are viewing this post in an email).

Wilpattu National Park (Views)

Fabulous Birds

Amazing Animals

I wish you a belated Happy New Year! And I’m looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings for all of us :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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 :(

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Janine @ Rainbow Hare

August – Wandering Camera

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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.

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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.

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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