Fridays’ Passing Fancy: Winter Light Festival, Soul’s Balm via Arty Fun

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Winter Lights Festival and 101

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How to beat the winter blues? Easy: welcome to the third annual Winter Light Festival in Portland, Oregon and get ready for a quirky experience!

Because I can’t describe it any better, here is a brief description from Wikipedia:

“The Portland Winter Light Festival is an annual winter light festival in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. Each year has been presented by the local nonprofit Willamette Light Brigade[1] and powered by Portland General Electric. The festival is always open to the public and free to attend.[2]   The event, first held in 2016, featured over 40 light-based art installations, performances, and other activities, and took place exclusively around OMSI. ”

OMSI is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, a wonderful place to visit. This year it was held at other venues as well, but we stayed around this spot as it was so…

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Friday’s Passing Fancy: A January Afternoon at Crystal Springs


The Devil’s Pulpit ~ Finnich Glen

lovely Scotland

Love Exploring Scotland

You’ll be thinking what the devil have I been up to now. Don’t worry, I’m not in cahoots with the devil, just popped down for a visit and a wee drink of Irn Bru!

The Devil’s Pulpit was a place I really wanted to visit this year. It’s a 100 feet deep gorge just south of Drymen on the A809, near Loch Lomond in Scotland.

The only reason I knew about this magical gorge was watching the fictional TV series Outlander. It was used as a filming location for Liar’s Spring, the water of truth! Drink from the water, if you die you’re lying about what was asked of you! A bit of a gamble with your life don’t you think?

Normally it would just be myself and Alan exploring but this time my children came with us, now aged 16 and 12.

As usual, they were not too keen in going out with us…

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My Great Galapagos Trip – Day 6

Adventures Of A New Floridian

As a recap, it has been the biggest dream of mine to go to the Galapagos Islands since I was 6 years old. I was incredibly blessed with the opportunity to do so this summer. This post will cover day 6 of the incredible 10-day journey. If you missed the previous posts, you can start the series here.

Day 6 (Isabela Island): Prior to beginning this trip, there was only one activity I was terrified about doing. We were told early on in the planning stages that we would be doing a 13-mile hike (round-trip) up and down Volcán Sierra Negra (Sierra Negra Volcano).

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Divine Raspberry Tiramisu

Mrs. Twinkle

I came home yesterday evening from the kids training, to find a bowl brimming with delicious, luscious raspberries on my doorstep. It didn’t take me long to find out where they came from…due to a missed call on my mobile. My very lovely, elderly neighbours (am I allowed to call them that? They are over eighty!) dropped them by.
So I just couldn’t resist making this post…

The Ingredients
1 bowl of raspberries
1 bottle of raspberry sirup/squash
500g/ 2 cups mascarpone or philadelphia
500g/ 2 cups low fat curd cheese
400g/ 13.5 ozs sponge biscuits
1 bunch of mint

Mix the mascarpone and the curd cheese together and put half the mixture in a separate bowl. Stir in a couple of handfuls of raspberries and a dollop of sirup into to one of the bowls to create the raspberry creme. Lay the sponge fingers into the form (25x15cm) and soak…

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Gone on the Rising Tide


“You prisoners of New South Wales,

Who frequent watchhouses and gaols

A story to you I will tell

‘Tis of a convict’s tour to hell.”

 – by Frank “The Poet” MacNamara, transported to New South Wales, 1832

Banishment.  A single word that struck fear in the heart of a 18th century convict.  Why? Because it meant involuntarily leaving everything you knew for a world of savages.  And that was if you actually survived the journey to get there.  Depending on where you were banished too, the journey could take up to six months.  Six months in the bowels of a prison ship, chained to others, with not enough room to stand or sleep.  Elbow to elbow with your fellow prisoners, you could have ended up here for simply stealing a loaf of bread for your starving children.  Children you would most likely never see again.

Prison Ship in Portsmouth Harbour by Edward William Cooke 1828 - Ntl Lib of Australia Prison Ship in Portsmouth Harbour…

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Mt. Rainier


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