Friday, 21 August 2009

Just like buses...

I don't go abroad for ages, so long ago the passport gathers dust, then two trips come along.

Having had a week to get over the jet lag of New York, I've just returned from Antibes, where DH and I had an anniversary break sans offspring!

This was the first break by ourselves in fifteen years, the darlings were with their Grandparents - they are fortunate to have a full set and I believe - having chatted to the Darlings and Parents on arriving back in the UK - they have had a great time and everyone is now exhausted.

Will share the interesting creative photos of thebuildings of Antibes at some point - the ones of me on the beach stay hidden in a locked box!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Boss of the Camera!

It's only when you get home and download the photos do you realise that you've been attached to the camera for most of the time and sadly hardly in any of them - then you give a sigh of relief after seeing the odd ones you are in and vow to go on the diet once the holidays are over - four more weeks to go!

There's no point starting sooner as there are too many ice creams to lick before the Summer's through!
So some of my favourite photo's I 'd like to share

5th Avenue window treatment

Lots of expensive bags, but have you seen the grill along the bottom of the window?

Great border pattern, maybe?

Sometimes you forget where you are

At one point I thought I was in Paris as this guy kept playing all the pieces of music you would expect to hear in a black and white moody film with sub-titles going on underneath

As it were we where in Central Park enjoying the sunshine

I like to take obscure photos that I hope will bring inspiration once home.

The best bit about New York skyscrapers is the reflections on the mirror windows

And views from the Empire State Building can give interesting images for quilting

Thinking of "photo shopping" this

I can see Mondrian-esque images here

Lots of vertical and horizontal lines to play with here

and a view of my all time favourite building -

The Chrysler Building

And this window in the Empire State Building entrance hall has given me plenty of food for thought.

I like the geometric art deco pattern which could end up as a quilt or maybe something else...

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Paying Respects...

A trip to New York would be disrepectful if you didn't pay your respects to Ground Zero.

The memorial that has been created in a building next to the site of the Twin Towers is very powerful and emotional place, even this far on.
We can all place our selves on the date it happened and remember the terrifying images on the TV, but to see the personal effects that were found in the debris and hear the stories of the people who worked there is truely heartbreaking.

Garlands of origami paper cranes sent by Japanese children

A scene of regeneration.

I do hope this area will be completed as the fountains planned for the two sites of the buildings will be a fitting memorial to the loss this city had in 2001

And at the end of the day what life should be about - Liberty and Freedom

After such a thought provoking morning we spent the rest of the day with the Statue of Liberty, such a lovely lady!

Saturday, 8 August 2009

New York, New York...

Times Square

Celebrating 20 years wedding anniversary by visiting New York.

I've had the time of my life and I owe it all to you!

Arrived back this morning - somewhat jet lagged but what a week!

Here's a taster of what I saw...
Project Runway fan has her wishes fulfilled

New billboard on Times Square

The college where it all happens

A quick walk down to the Garment District...

And if you look closely you will see "Moods Fabrics" on the second floor

Just had to browse and buy some fabric - for work of course!
In answer to Helen's comment - I had alot more than "15 minutes", could have spent far too many dollars but was very strong. I sadly missed Tim - he was in a photo of the Runway Designers on the wall by the till though!