Sunday, September 25, 2011

Two Brilliant Days ... with Friends


I met up with my friends, just in time for an early lunch at Jimmy Chungs Chinese Buffet …What a fantastic meal … the best I’ve ever had there.

I like to try a little of several dishes …nothing too hot … although a touch of heat adds something extra to the experience. My first plate …of starters …a small one for me …then a large one of main … yummy noodles …flavoursome special fried rice … Mongolian lamb … Satay chicken … BBQ wings, to name but a few of what I sampled … then a top up of their amazing Hong Kong Sweet and Sour chicken, all washed down with a glass of draught cider. I then managed to followed all that with banana fritters in syrup and a scoop of ice cream then rounded off the meal with a black coffee.

During this two and a half hour meal we caught up on what we, and our family had been up to … and then ‘Ahhh’ed over our pictures of our respective grand children.

It was so great to see them again …we used to live so close to each other when I lived near Croydon …Inger taught my late husband flute and he in turn taught Ian saxophone.

I had to catch a train by 4.30 because after that it is so busy with commuters and if one waits until 6.30, the trains and buses are few and far between and it takes so long to get home …I got caught last time, so we just went for a stroll with more chatting so that I could get back in time for the train.

There were fun sculptures of endangered animals through out the Prince’s Garden and surrounding area, at the moment …the aim is to raise money for conservation charities and these couple caught my eye.

For Inger it was love at first sight lol.


Crop day …and a great time was had by all. We had Angel Crafts shop and a demo of the new Flexipens …I quite like them and its good that none of the colours are the same as Promarkers but they can be used in conjunction with each other.

Vicki made Apple Flapjacks and Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes …both were amazing and as usual I talked and munched a lot. lol. Everyone was chatty and we had a few visitors who came along with Angela of Angel Crafts … nice to have new faces and see how they craft...

Optimistically I took four kits that I had made up…who was I kidding … but I actually completed one …yep totally finished it … and even started another. …and here is the finished one….vintage again

Close up of details ...the lower one show my experiment with Big Shot and Velum.

I have to gather some information to go with this LO, before I put it on G the P, as I don’t have a proper story about him. I did do a little detective work to date the photo though …on the original there was the photographers name and address …I looked him up and found he only had a studio there for three years. I decided to take the middle year, which made Sandy, 20

Take Care xx



Elizabeth said...

It sounds like you had a great day out ... it's nice to catch up with old friends. The photo of your friend kissing the cat is fab. Another great heritage layout - like the touch of embossed vellum and the watchface used as a frame is a neat touch. Elizabeth x

Marianne said...

I like how you used the vellum in your layout.
Thanks for sharing your day. Love all the photos

Arkansas Patti said...

Sounds like you all had a grand day. I would have been tempted to run off with that white tiger.

Julia Dunnit said...

Sandy at 20 ish - what a dude! Lovely to see you old friends, nothing like it - so glad you enjoyed.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I know I didn't make it to WOYWW, but I so love reading what you are up to and all the lovely photos of the area where you live. Those endangered animal sculptures are adorable. And even though I'm not a scrapbooker, I certainly love what you did with this layout. And I know how hard it can be to finish even one spread, especially one a s beautiful and detailed as yours.

weaverpat said...

Oh, Chinese buffet and long-time friends. What could be better? Isn't it fun to sample all the dishes and spending time talking and catching up?

I love what you did with the card and the antique photo. I don't understand all the techniques you write about, but I sure like the results!