Sunday, November 29, 2015

And off you go

My last post with the Tardis. I'm a little sad that our adventure is ending. We sure had some good times together and I enjoyed the company of my little companion.

I wish I could have taken him a few more places but time ran out. I did get to take him to work with me, to a favorite breakfast spot and another favorite place for lunch, showed him a little history and some pretty towns and of course my own hometown. If the Tardis stayed a little longer he would have gone to the tree lighting on the Common this afternoon.

Before he went off to the FedEx office, I took him to my sister's studio in Woburn, Massachusetts.

I thought he might enjoy visiting with a British telephone booth since he is British and may be homesick.

As he could see, my sister loves her tea and even repurposes tea tins in her studio.

I wanted to show him the cool table my sister bought for the client room of her studio. The d├ęcor is industrial chic.

He got to look at my sister's portfolio of live event wedding paintings she has completed over the last five years.

And here's a photo of the painting of Nancy Kerrigan she did years ago. It now hangs in the Stoneham Public Library.

Here's her latest wedding painting. A wedding under the tent at Castle Hill in Newport. This is my favorite painting to date and I am happy Tardis got to see it before it went to the home of the bride and groom.

After this short visit to the studio, we packed him up and sent him off to Ingrid in Canada. He takes with him some warm memories of good times spent in Boston. I hope our paths will cross again.

Godspeed Tardis!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"I like adventures, and I'm going to find some."- Louisa May Alcott

"I like adventures, and I'm going to find some." Those words from Louisa May Alcott exemplify the journey of the traveling teapot and the Tardis.  It seemed fitting that I should show the Tardis the Orchard House, home of Louisa May Alcott and the setting for the book, "Little Women".

This morning my sister and I took a daytrip to Concord, Massachusetts. The Tardis accompanied us on our latest adventure. Here's the outside of the Orchard House. All dressed up for Fall and looking as homey and cozy as it was in the story of Louisa and her sisters.

And here I am photographing the Tardis. My new riding boots served me well for walking around this beautiful town known for the first battle of the Revolutionary War. Concord also has a rich literary history.

The Alcott's property consists of two buildings, the Main House and the Concord School of Philosophy.

I think if we could have visited in October we would have had full color in this area. Now most trees are barren and the leaves on the ground are brown. I do love the shape of that tree in the foreground.

We were lucky to see some smoke coming from that cool chimney. Louisa May wrote of cozy fires and nights spent with the family gathered around the fireplace.

I really liked the architecture of the Concord School of Philosophy. I took the Tardis for a closer look.

 Tardis rested while I had a look around.

There was a sweet little garden dedicated to "Little Women".

A better view of the small garden and it's placement on the property.

I love old windows, I especially like seeing a lovely lamp illuminated behind a historic window.

We actually got here later in the afternoon just before Orchard House closed so we did not go inside.

So we will back track. Before Orchard House, we went shopping. This chalkboard at Nesting On Main was especially timely as we give thanks at our American Thanksgiving on Thursday. I am grateful for the opportunity to show the Tardis my corner of the world in New England. I am grateful for my sister who is always a willing participant in so many of my adventures. We always have fun together.

Oh, and I am grateful for shops like Nesting on Main in Concord. I am always inspired by the magic of this store.  Nesting is known for their holiday displays and they never disappoint.

Every shelf, every bit of wall space, is carefully planned. The blending of vintage and new is seamless.

As I said I am inspired by their creativity and I often try to replicate their ideas in my own home.

Rustic and bling, it all works beautifully at Nesting.

We took a break from shopping and visited Haute Coffee. My sister opted for the Parisian Hot Chocolate. She is a hot chocolate connoisseur.

And this is Phoebe, she is a sweet fixture in Concord. Today we saw her at Nesting but she actually belongs to the shopkeeper next door to Nesting. Phoebe is quite the wanderer but she can be bribed to behave with cookies.

Tardis really enjoyed his time in Concord and he can put another entry in his passport. Hopefully we can squeeze in one more adventure before he has to leave for his next destination.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Bring Your Tardis To Work Day

We can't play every day. Sometimes we actually have to work. So I decided to take the Tardis to work today. I think he needs a booster seat.

This is better. He will be able to see the customers when they come in for a loan.

Our branch decided to do a coworker Thanksgiving today. We had quite the feast.

Tardis enjoyed the feed. Everyone made him feel welcome.

The menu was extensive with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, corn, peas and onions, cranberry sauce, apple cider, and apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

Tardis helped himself to a big plate of food. He was one stuffed Tardis when it was over.  While I went back to work, Tardis took a nap.  He needs to rest up for his next adventure.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

T.A.R.D.I.S. Tea Party

Hello from Team Oolong, I know it's been quiet for a bit, but the TARDIS and I have been very busy being creative for our tea party.   We were diligently making the invitations, a banner, planning the menu and Bow Tie's, cause, Bow Ties are COOL.  The TARDIS and I spent many an evening in the craft room plotting, planning and creating a Tea Party worthy of “The Doctor” all 12 of them.  
As my invited guests are major “Whovians”.   Some of you may not be familiar with Doctor Who, it is a “BBC” television series that has been around since 1963.  I was introduced to the 4th Doctor many years ago (1976) when I was only then dating my darling husband.  A person who follows the Doctor Who series is called “Whovians” so I guess that is what you would call our family.  Because you could find us all together when our girls were living at home, in front of the Television on a Saturday night, oh and you can’t forget the Christmas evening specials, LOL  

So with the help of the TARDIS and my very knowledgeable hubby we were off and running or shall I say  creating.    This was our invitation.

This was our Weeping Angel Banner, it says “Don’t Blink”


TARDIS Tea Party

English Breakfast,
Lady and Earl Gray
Galaxy Guzzler
Blue  power aide
Blueberry and cinnamon raisin with Jam and Lemon Curd

Bow Ties
Pasta Salad
French Bread Pizza
Fresh Gangers, Silurian Pods & the 5th Doctor’s Lapel
Baby Carrots, Snap Peas and Celery
with ranch dressing
Fish Fingers & Custard
Sugar Cookies
in Vanilla Pudding

Dalek Ships
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jelly Babies
Gummy Bears
Jammie Dodgers
Sugar Cookies with Raspberry Jam
Lost Moon of Poosh
Donut Holes
Wibbley Wobbly Timey Wimey

Gallifreyiah Puffs
Cheese Balls

2 different flavored Bow Tie Salads, Fresh Carnations (as all Tea Parties require fresh flowers.) As a tribute to Britain only Twining's Teas were served.  Galaxy Guzzler and Zygons (pictured left to right) 

A special thank you to my hubby for helping out in the creation and cooking of our Zygons.

Fish Sticks & Custard

Lost Moons of Poosh and Dalek Ships

Cinnamon Raisin and Blueberry Scones

Gallifreyiah Puffs

Jelly Babies

Wibbley Wobbly Timey Wimey 

Fresh Gangers, Silurian Pods and the 5th Doctors Lapel Flower

Homemade Jammie Dodgers


The tables are set  and  the TARDIS and I are so excited to regale  our guests.  We sure hope that they enjoy themselves.
The TARDIS is ready to serve.


Our family loves the T.A.R.D.I.S. 

Me and my wonderful hubby, David
Our Girls
(left) Sherry and (right) Sarah

Well it was a very enjoyable afternoon.  Although one of my guests was not able to attend the party, as she is recovering from a mini Stroke she  had earlier this week, even though she thought she would be able attend, fatigue got the best of her.  As I would have loved having her enjoy the festivities,  The TARDIS and I  much rather her stay home and  rest to regain her strength.  Respectfully requesting prayers for Janice and a speedy recovery.

Well we haven't made any plans for this week, but you never know where you may find us although we are going camping for Thanksgiving.  so stay tuned to Team Oolong...