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So Many Castles, So Little Time

Those exit signs take a little getting used to. After leaving Cologne, we made our way back to Weissenthurm to meet up with some friends for dinner. Thought Number One:  Seeing New Places Cologne is only an hour north of Andernach, we had plenty of time prior to meeting at the Pfeffermuhle restaurant to finish our exploration of the ancient town. One of the aspects of taking a trip along the Rhine is that each town will have at least one castle and ...

BGI Relocates!

We’ve been feeling a little like Christmas elves lately - dashing around to get things done. And that’s because we’ve moved! 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, Dallas We have relocated our offices to a larger design space directly off the Dallas North Tollway to better serve you. Our new offices are located at 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, in Dallas and house extensive product samples for your design or renovation project. Everything we need to design fabulous rooms and furniture for you is right ...

Even my iPad is gay gay gay...

While sitting at the airport Friday night, waiting for my delayed flight home, I was bored bored bored with the book I was reading and twitter, and was all caught up on email, so decided to check out new apps for my beloved iPad. I scanned the most popular app list, and am not much of a gamer, so instead went to the search function and typed in a randomly chosen word... "GAY". Holy crap, there is a whole world out there ...

A Great Blogging Death Match!!! (sort of)

A couple months ago I found a great blog, www.robshep.com, by Rob Shepherd, he's the Director of Community Groups and Students at Waters Edge Church near Virginia Beach, VA. Rob is a gifted blogger who writes on a range of topics with a forte in funny. One of my favorite posts he created was The First Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge, (see the image insert that Rob had commissioned for this single blog post) it was a brilliantly funny homage to some of the best faith-based ...

Silves Medieval Fair 2012 – Feira Medieval Silves

The Medieval Fair held in the historic town of Silves is our favourite event of the year. In fact, we enjoy it so much it’s always the first social event flagged, in advance, on our Calender. If you live in the Algarve and have never been to the Silves Medieval fair you must go once, to at least savour the experience. And if you are on holiday it’s definitely worth a visit. Our family members from the UK book their ...

Lamb Shanks

Ingredients: 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 3 cloves garlic - crushed and finely chopped 6 lamb shanks 1 bottle dry white wine 4 tablespoons of olive oil 3 large onions - chopped 3 cloves of minced garlic 4 large carrots - chopped 3 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves only) 1 liter beef stock Salt and Pepper to taste. Method: Mix the wine, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves to make a marinade.  Place the lamb shanks in a large flat dish and pour the marinade over.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (the ...

Blogaversary fundraiser: Doctors Without Borders

Two years ago today (or yesterday, or tomorrow, depending when you read this damn thing), I started this amazing stupendous life-changing literary blog, alfred lives here. We had just seen the movie Julie and Julia, which I luuuuuuved, and while the film inspired other people to cook and entertain and embrace their inner Julia, it had no such impact on me. I would rather eat popcorn and write. So here we are. I have always been a semi-secret writer, kept journals, did ...

Bump In The Road

Update on new site: Those of you who have visited the new and improved Chubby Chatterbox now realize it hasn’t been improved much. I expected a few glitches along the way, and sure enough there are. My web designer is addressing the issue of leaving comments that aren’t microscopic, but the biggest problem is with Google. The Google Friend Connect (where folks join to become members) is no longer transferable. Without telling anyone, Google cancelled the ability to move this feature ...

Tastes Like Chicken

Today is the day I’m going to start my blog again. I’m buried alive by moving boxes but I’m not going to let my blog go any longer. Today I’m going to tell you a story about my dad. It came to my mind when someone a couple of days ago blogged about thier mother not cooking wild meat. My mother and father lived about four miles north of highway 270 west of McAlester, Oklahoma on land where my great grandparents ...

Do You Remember Dr. Love?

from: thebaileyteam.com I must apologize for my absence in the last week. I've been dabbling in many projects lately and posting seems to always end up off the bottom of the list. I really hate that an am going to make a concerted effort to post more regularly. Wanna know why? Of course my first reason to be more consistent is that it'll make you who actually read me (waives to my loyal little group) happy but I have a new ...

Inspirational Flower Quotes

Here are some inspirational quotes about flowers for you to enjoy! Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. John Lennon Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. A weed is but an unloved flower. Ella Wheeler Wilcox Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. Gerard de Nerval Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. Unknown Where flowers bloom so does hope. Lady Bird Johnson True friendship is like a rose: we don’t realize its beauty until ...

We are Dependant on Flowers

The most important thing that a plant does is to flower. Without flowers we would not have fruits, crops and of course seeds to begin the following year. In the past, experiments have proven that plants can adjust the timing of their flowering in response to environmental conditions like, light, temperature & nutrient availability. But not much is known or understood about what causes plants to make flowers instead of leaves, until now. A research team from the National University of ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Holiday Greenery

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, nothing says winter holidays quite like fresh greenery! As convenient as faux/fake greenery may be, it just doesn’t compare to fresh greenery! Decorating with fresh greenery is a beloved holiday tradition and will bring festive cheer and a wonderful, fresh fragrance to any space. There isn’t anything quite like the beauty and perfection of nature! Types of Holiday Greenery Eucalyptus, an attractive, scented greenery popular in cut arrangements and garlands but tends to dry quickly. English Holly is ...

Fun Flower Facts: Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum)

Jack  in the Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum) is a exotic looking perennial plant native to moist woodlands in eastern North America, including Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.  The Jack in the name refers to the central spadix, while the Pulpit refers to the pouch-shaped spathe (a sheath-like leaf) with an outer hood that surrounds the spadix. It is named so because the plant looks like a preacher standing in a pulpit (a raised platform for giving speeches). The plant grows to be ...

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5000 Poppies to Commemorate Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day, a memorial holiday for Commonwealth nations, such as Canada, Australia, and the UK  to honour the lives lost during battle. Many citizens show their support for the soldiers by wearing a single red poppy.

But artist Ted Harrison chose to do more than just wear a red poppy. In November 2011, he created an art installation using 5000 red poppies at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. From the ground level, it doesn’t appear much more than some poppies scattered on the floor. Up above, the poppies form an image of three child soldiers.

5000 poppies art installation for Remembrance Day by Ted Harrison

image via inspirefusion.com

5000-poppies remembrance day installation by ted harrison

image via OddityCentral.com

Ted intentionally created the 30 foot installation to highlight the the involvement of innocent children in wars. Although it is consider illegal, according to the UN, it is estimated that 300 000 children under the age of 18 worldwide have been forced to take up arms and become soldiers. And many of them have been either killed, wounded or traumatized for life.

The red poppy has become a popular symbol for Remembrance Day ever since John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields was published. It is a fitting symbol as many poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields. The red colour is also quite fitting, symbolizing all the blood that was bled in the wars.

Lest we forget.

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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