Monday, 30 January 2012

Ships & Shoes.

Zooming through...

I have a new pair of boots. From the Moshulu sale (again!). They now have an extra 20% off sale prices and today is the last day of the offer.
A better picture of the boots from the website (link here). Half price with a further 20% off - great value, they're sooo comfy and a lovely colour too.

This morning is frosty and sunny, yay - so nice to have sunshine again.
I have a new favourite spot in the garden for photographing the morning sun.

Yesterday was also cold though not sunny. There were some interesting ice formations in the garden...
...can you see the fish shape bottom left?

...a fairy garden, spotted by A.

Also yesterday we went for an excursion...

We visited the Tall Ship in Glasgow, the Glenlee, built in 1896.

Arriving early we pretty much had the whole ship to ourselves, indeed A was a little worried as to whether we were actually allowed to be there as there was noone else around. There was lots to see, some random impressions include... the cosy looking cabins for the officers, the impressive tween deck, ringing the captain's bell, loading & unloading cargo, a short film where the narrator spoke with such enthusiasm about his memories of being a merchant sailor, a sense of just how different our cities and rivers were back then.

"The Glenlee is one of only 5 Clydebuilt sailing ships that remain afloat in the world. The other 4 are also visitor attractions: Balclutha (San Francisco), Moshulu (Philadelphia), Falls of the Clyde (Hawaii), Pommern (Finland)." This, from the website, caught my eye as it was another mention of "Moshulu", a word I'd never heard before other than as the name of a shoe shop. After a quick search for a definition online I can only find a slang meaning: "To have a drunken one night stand in the city of Philadelphia", so there you go!

We also visited the Transport Museum which is right next door. As it was free to get in the museum was much busier than the tall ship though of the two attractions we all preferred the ship.

Lastly, I have a new favourite biscuit/cookie recipe, modified from the Good Food 2012 calendar - reduce the amount of sugar by about 1/3 and add 100g of 70%+ chocolate instead of the apricots and raisins. Delicious! The one on the plate above was the last one, I'll need to make more.

Now though, some housework is badly needing done...

16 comments:

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Love the boots, might just pop over and take a look in a mo. Fabulous frosty pictures and yes i did see the fish! Suzy x

June said...

Lovely photos as usual! Love the boots too! Meaning of Moshulu - who would have thought!
June

Claire said...

Oh Anne, those boots look so comfortable and I ♥ the colour.......

Love the ice formations on the leaves and your sunrise pic....it looks very early !!

The bed in the cabin is missing a nice crocheted rug to give it a spot of colour I think......

As for the biscuits, yum...love the plate too.

Claire :}

Jenny said...

Why is it that even though I've hardly been out this last month and I have enough footwear to open a shop I want those boots.

sue said...

Looks like you had a fab if freezing weekend! I love your little icy photos just gorgeous.

Country Girl said...

Great boots- just the thing for wintry days. Our local Moshulu shop has closed, which is a shame as I did like their slippers!

Mac n' Janet said...

Love the boots! They bring out the cowgirl in me.

Toffeeapple said...

All the images are good but I like the Fairy Garden best, the ice is spectacularly shaped.

Diane said...

I love your posts as they are full of (as Dana would have sung) All Kinds of Everything. Lovely xxxxx

Vintage Squirrel said...

We used to go to visit Captain Scott's ship Discovery in Dundee a lot and really enjoyed that. Might have to make a trip to visit the tall ship in Glasgow now. I love the clever use of space and design of them. We have friends who used to have a boat called Moshulu and I remembered it meaning to 'go like the wind' or something similar but I discovered that in Native American language it actually means 'fearless'. Who knows!

Mrs. Micawber said...

The biscuits look wonderful. Several of my favourite recipe adaptations involve substituting chocolate for fruit....

What fun-looking boots and such a good deal.

I love the frost-edged leaves and the fairy garden. The growth patterns of ice crystals are so fascinating.

The ship's cabin looks very snug indeed, and I love the porthole shot.

blueskyscotland said...

Well spotted the fairy garden of ice crystals A.Very impressed.The tall ship is like a tardis below deck isn,t it?.Surprisingly large area of space down there.I,m happy with the frost as long as its sunny :))

Annaboo said...

Beautiful photography!
Love those boots, too!
Xx

Beth said...

Beautiful photos (as always!). Like the look of the biscuit recipe, we need a new one but I just bought a dress I need to attempt to fit into for my Birthday (still a few weeks away) and have banned myself from baking for a while :( Nothing like a pair of comfy boots in a nice colour. Bethx

flowersandhome said...

Love your wintery pictures and your lovely crocheted daisies. It's been so long since I found time to crochet. I really want to make those daisies, just lovely. Glad I discovered your blog!
Bye,
Marian

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