As promised here are lots of pictures from the Art Car Parade held in Houston a few weekends ago.
The Art Car Parade is an annual event in Houston, featuring a display of all types of rolling art. It’s the first and the largest Art Car Parade in the world. More than 300, 000 people came out to watch more than 250 pieces of motorized art this year.
My two cents on the parade:
A few days ago I was awarded not one but two awards in a day. How often does that happen? Of course I was over the moon!! So far it has been a fun journey writing this blog but most importantly I am learning a lot. There hardly goes by a week where I am not inspired by another blog.
I want to thank Cathy for her generous nominations. Please do check out her blog where she talks about life, her hobbies and her family. She is also writes the blog as a way to remember her family such as her grandparents, parents etc which I think is beautiful!
So here goes seven random things about me:
Here are a few blogs that I have enjoyed in the last few days:
Zen and Genki Anne writes a very inspiring and creative blog where she talks about wellness, spirituality, cooking and a multitude of other things.
The Terrible Artist Kris is very creative and trying to make his mark with some gorgeous photos and inspiring poems.
Frankoshanko Frank has a truly inspiring blog and he is not afraid to tackle some serious questions on life, fulfillment, happiness etc.
Recently came across this one 366 photos. Shirsha has recently started taking photos and is very talented.
Here are the rules for the the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ award:
(1) thank the blogger who nominated you (2) include the links to their blogs, (3) include the award image in your post, (4) copy the award image to your site, (5) give seven random facts about yourself, (6) nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, (7) when nominating other bloggers include the links to their sites, and (7) let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated!
Thank you y’all for all the love 🙂
Can I just say that I am happy it almost the weekend. It’s been hectic in my neck of the woods lately. I am looking forward to the weekend especially because Houston is hosting the 25th Annual Art Car Parade this saturday. This would be my first time and you bet there will be lots of photos!! What about you any fun plans this weekend?
Last week we managed to take an hour or two to go visit the Hermann park. Located in the heart of Houston, the 445 acre park boasts of a zoo, an outdoor theater, a golf course, Museum of Natural Science, a lake and tons of great walking trails. There is something for everyone. Unfortunately I did not bring my camera but I took some pictures from my phone.
The children were having so much fun at the water fountains. Carefree, fearless, full of life and enjoying each minute of the fun.
The best part though was seeing a family of beavers swimming in the lake. I hadn’t seen a beaver before and to see it swimming was a bonus. In fact I must confess that I did not even know that they were such good swimmers. I know that they are known for their dam building capabilities but I just hadn’t put two and two together. And yes I still do call myself a Canadian!!
Happy Weekend Everyone!
While recently in London, B (who is B you ask well my partner in crime: my husband of course) and I decided to try the genuine afternoon tea experience. After much research we narrowed it down to ‘The Connaught’, ‘Brown’s Hotel’, ‘Dean Street Townhouse and ‘The Savoy’. By the way ‘W Hotel’ does a very modern take on the afternoon tea with a rock n roll theme. Tea is served on a three-tier stand made of vinyl records with innovative twists such as rose petal jam and psychedelic marzipan. Getting a reservation anywhere last-minute is though next to impossible. So we went to the only place that still had a table for two – The Langham.
Afternoon tea at Langham is served in the Palm court, famed as the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born. In fact on 10 June this year the hotel will be celebrating its 147 years and is serving the afternoon tea by offering it for the original price that it was served at in 1865, just seven pence. At that price definitely worth a punt!!
The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to the Duchess of Bedford, who lived at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and was lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. She is said to have experienced a ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the afternoon one day and asked her footman to deliver all the tea making equipment with some bread and butter to her private room. She found this new meal so satisfying and enjoyable that she soon started inviting her special friends to join her for ‘afternoon tea’ and so the ritual began.
With the piano tinkling in the background while we enjoyed our small, sparkly and perfectly presented cakes and exquisite little sandwiches, I felt I had reached the tea heaven. Langham offers over 30 blends of tea and a tea sommelier at hand to help you make the best choice.
First up were the finger sandwiches including a selection of corn-fed chicken breast with honey mustard and marjoram, smoked Scottish salmon mousse with caviar, a wonderfully light foie gras and apple pastry in the most vivid green. My favorite was the smoked duck foie gras and blackcurrant. While I enjoyed my palm Court exotic blend tea with hibiscus flowers, rosehip and pink rose petals we were served warm marinated orange, raisins and chocolate scones to be enjoyed with strawberry preserves and Devon clotted cream.
Does tea etiquette dictate that clotted cream be spread first on the scone and then the preserve or vice versa? Well either is acceptable, this is the Devonshire method while spreading the preserve first and then the clotted cream is the Cornwall method.
Next up was the piece of resistance the beautifully crafted selection of pastries and cakes. Each was so artfully crafted that I almost could not think of devouring them. Of course having over indulged in all the other goodies I did end up getting them packed in a lovely carry box which I was happy to flaunt at my next stop “The London Eye’.
This afternoon tea experience was though far from cheap. It was most definitely worth the experience and they treated me like the royalty. Awarded the top London afternoon tea in 2010 by the tea guild which is like the Oscars in the tea world. It was all about being elegant, feeling special and leaving satisfied!
Coming home after a great vacation is always bittersweet. On one hand are all the chores to be done, the routine, the responsibilities etc but on the other there is excitement of seeing friends, sharing travel stories, sorting through the hundred of pictures etc.
After a few weeks away from home I always crave home. I have to come home to recharge before I am ready to go again. I have to sit in my favorite love seat and read, cook a meal and not be fed an awesome dish and most importantly just look at my handbags & shoes and know that I just don’t have to make do with the three that I packed!!
What about you do you suffer from post vacation blues and how do you deal with them?
Last week I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Anne at Zen & Genki. She has a very inspiring blog where she talks about wellness, health, recipes and much more. Please do go and check it out.
I feel very honored and blessed to have received this award and couldn’t have asked for more to cap off my one month of blogging!!
This is how it works: